In Hebrews 11:5-6, we are told, "By faith Enoch was taken from this life . . . For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith, it is impossible to please God." It begs the question for all of us, "Is our faith pleasing to the Lord?" This Sunday, we will look at the importance of having a durable faith that can withstand any obstacle—a strong faith that pleases the Lord.
In the Lord's Prayer, Jesus says that we should pray, "And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors." And then after the prayer, Jesus makes this shocking statement: "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." Think about the implication of what Jesus just said! This Sunday, we will unpack one of the hardest things for us to do as people, but if we are going to overcome this world, if we are going to overcome ourselves, we need to be willing to forgive.
The world puts a high premium on status, title and position. In Matthew 20, James and John approached Jesus trying to secure their status, titles and position. But Jesus reminded them that the world has been turned upside down by sin. In the Kingdom of God, it's not about how many people serve you, but that you serve. In the Kingdom of God, it's not about a high position but rather about taking the posture of a servant. In the Kingdom of God, it's not about seeking honor for yourself, but rather giving glory and honor ultimately to the Lord. This Sunday, we will discover that we can truly be overcomers by thinking of others first.
We live in a lonely world. People are feeling more and more isolated.
As a church, what should we do? How can we overcome this epidemic of loneliness?
The short answer is by "Taking Heart in Unity."
Solomon tackled this same topic in Ecclesiastes 4. His conclusion is found in verses 9-12: "Two are better than one ... if two lie down together, they will keep warm ... two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
Unity is the key. This is what Jesus was looking for in His church, this is what Jesus prayed for, and this is what the world and the church need now more than ever. Join us Sunday as we learn how to Take Heart through Unity.
We are living in a time where many people seem to be losing Heart. Depression, suicide and hopelessness are on the rise—and not just outside the church, but inside the church, too.
So what are we to do? Jesus said to His disciples in John 16:33, "In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
This Sunday, we will unpack how we can "Take Heart" in this troublesome world and overcome it through God's incredible and unstoppable love. Join us as we discover that love really does overcome.