We often mistake our faith Journey as a straight path, but in reality, it is filled with highs and lows. When we find ourselves in the wilderness it doesn’t mean God has abandoned us but it means that we are about to experience God’s presence in our life. In this message we are learning that we are not alone in the wandering and in fact, God is with us.
Once we have started building a relationship with Christ we have a tendency to hyper involve ourselves in disciplines and forget to release them into the world. In this message, we explore how to unleash the hope of Jesus both in generosity and justice, but also how to live in the tensions that both of them bring.
During this week’s message, we are diving into how we can become like Jesus. How do we do that? By spending time with Him. We go deeper on ways we can spend time with Jesus communally and contemplatively and what it means to make room for Jesus in the center of it all.
God’s vision church didn’t start with the church building, or even with Christian environments: it started with the world! In John 3:16 we learn that “For God so loved the WORLD…”. Many times we view the world as broken, but, in reality, they are lost and wounded.
Life and Love on the Vine is not painless. The world hated Jesus and we are told that persecution will come to us as well. But we have a greater promise: a helper.
We are called to be people who show love God and love of people. That is what we should strive to be known for, not all the other things we often grasp onto.
Do we recognize how we are just a branch being nourished by the vine of our Savior or do we try to be the vine?
Culture comes up with ways we think we can make God “better” by judging Him by our standards. The Bible calls us instead to see God as He really is and recognize how He is far better than any “god” we could dream up.
When the Gospel advances, it always advances past me and my preferences and past my “Old Time Religion.” The Holy Spirit isn’t done with His mission when He’s reached me; instead, He invites me to join in His mission.
In the early church there was an overwhelming culture of sacrifice. There was an assumption that the needy should be cared for, and it was our job to do so. It wasn’t the role of politicians or city policies. And they believed that what the Church could do together was more powerful than any one individual, could do. Ananias and Sapphire are an example of loving self above loving God and loving their neighbor. It’s easy to make a commitment to sacrifice, until you start to feel the sacrifice. Then we want to crawl off the altar, but still get the praise.