As we prepare for the arrival of our new senior pastor, we reflect on our individual roles in creating a healthy church. In this sermon, we explore what it means for a person to love the Lord with all their heart and soul. The outpouring of that reality is a church member who contributes to building up that local body of Christ. The qualities of a healthy church member are that they are present in worship, present with the church, and present in the missions.
We're three weeks away from the arrival of a new Senior Pastor at The Moody Church. As we enter a new season in the life of our church, how does scripture guide us in preparing our hearts for such as time? In the first of a 3-part series, Pastor Ed describes the unique role and responsibilities of a pastor in the leadership of the church.
How does prayer demonstrate our dependence and trust in God in real life? In the midst of pain and difficulty, prayerful dependence on God rains down heavenly peace and perspective. The ones who have walked through the deepest valley often have the most incredible joy. The prayers of the righteous produce joy and praise in all seasons. And that joy demonstrates our dependence on God.
What does spirit inspired patience look like during times of suffering? James provides us with three examples in this passage. In times of trouble, the people of God are not to be idle, but to speak truth and seek justice while we wait for the Lord to move and work according to His will. Patient endurance will sustain itself when rested on the conviction that times of trouble are not random, but that God has some purpose behind them.
Everyone looks to the future. We make our plans but are frustrated when they get derailed. Scripture warns us that so much of our lives are spent waiting for tomorrow that we miss what God has for us today. We rush to what’s next and fail to focus on who God is now. This passage from James shows us that when we live our lives under the assumption that God has our future in His hands, we find a firm foundation upon which to live today. We own no tomorrow, but we do need to be good stewards of today.
Why do we quarrel with others? Our quarrels are caused by our internal passions at war within ourselves. Jesus wants to adjust our hearts so that we move from an argumentative spirit to humility and unity. In the process, we must learn to humble ourselves before God. It's not always easy; but God is more interested in our character than our comfort. Choose humility, not quarrelsomeness, with God and others. If we do this, we'll be more like Jesus and less like the world.
As we complete our series in Joseph, we take a look at how Joseph grieved for his father, Jacob. The end of the story teaches us about the sovereignty of God through three patterns of life, and how we can respond to each: grief, grace, and glory.
Today The Moody Church family voted to call Pastor Philip Miller as our next Senior Pastor. This is his first sermon preached at The Moody Church. In this season of fear and uncertainty, could it be that Jesus is inviting us to go deeper into life with Him? This passage contains three invitations from Jesus: come be with Me; come together and become like Me; and come join Me in the work I am doing. In this moment when the world seems crazy and everything is stripped away, do you hear His call to go deeper and will you draw near in discipleship of Jesus?
How do we be hearers and does of the Word along the path to spiritual maturity? In this sermon, Pastor Stetzer leads us through four steps that help us grow in our faith: slow down, prepare to receive the Word of God, apply the truth, and consider your heart. Trying to be like Jesus outside of the power of Jesus ultimately dishonors Jesus and discourages you.
When we experience trials of various kinds, how should we believe God during these difficult times? In this passage, we’re encouraged to trust God when life is hard, believe God in times of trial, and ask God when life is confusing. How we face trials and with whom we face them will determine if our problems make us bitter or better.