Father Who Gives Good Gifts
The News of Christ is Still Good
Description:Watching the Cub fans cheer as they won their first World Series in 108 years was fun. They were wild in their excitement. But unless you live in Chicago, in six months most of us won’t even remember who won. But the wonder of our salvation in Christ is exciting every minute of every day, year after year. But we get used to grace and soon it is no longer amazing. Let's see why after 2,000 years the gospel of Christ is still good news!
You have to get to Christ!
Description:Mankind’s sin has forever separated us from a holy and righteous God.Therefore there is no greater statement than that He died “that He might bring us to God". (1 Peter 3:18)The Bible always points us to Jesus!
Look for the Tension
Description:There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. (Proverbs 14:12)When people build their life apart from God, things seem right, but always bring death. We must be ready with understanding and the hope of Jesus!
Light in Darkness
Description:What is the mark of a follower of Jesus?Some recall the famous fish-sign that signified Him. Others wear crosses. But is there one that stands above the others? Yes! Jesus Himself assigned one thing, which would mark His followers in all ages and all times. Let's study His very words in John 13:34-35 and see how it applies to our lives today!
You are the Light of the World!
Description:We long to see things change in our country. What kind of big movement would God use to impact this sinful world? Peter was well familiar with a sinful and dangerous world! In fact the world he lived in took his life because of his faith. So Peter had a feel for this. Yet the “movement” he called us to revolved around words like honor, submission and love. At first glance they don’t seem like world-changing words, but they are the very things which make us light shining in darkness. Let's unpack 1 Peter 2 and see how God planned this to work!
Ask, Seek and Knock
Description:As our hearts turn towards our Heavenly Father, we want what He wants for our lives. The Sermon on the Mount lays out His direction for us. While we walk we can ask, seek and knock, and like a good Father, He'll answer!
We must PRAY for them!
Description:What can I do? I see trends in our culture that are going the wrong direction. Anger comes easily but never accomplishes much. What can a follower of Jesus do?This is the part one of a series running right up to the Presidential election in November, we will look at seven different initiatives that the Bible gives Christians for being an influence in their culture. It's interesting that these initiatives were written several thousand years ago, and they're as relevant and powerful today as ever! We are excited for this new series!
Storms of Life
Description:Storms come in life... for everyone. No exceptions. So how do we make it through these storms of life? Jesus had an interesting answer. Something we would never think of naturally, but He gives us directions to stand firm against even the fiercest winds. Listen and we'll unpack Matthew 7:24-27!"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock." Matthew 7:24
Description:Authority has fallen out of favor in our culture. Anti-authority is cool. Honoring authority is drab. But Jesus rocks the boat with His claims and actions as One in authority. How are we to repsond to Him, His actions, and His claims upon us?"And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes." Matthew 7:28-29
Follow the Narrow Path
Description:No wonder it's so easy to procrastinate spiritually, putting off following Jesus with all our hearts - becuase the road is wide, easy, accommodating, and inviting.But the narrow and hard road leads to LIFE! Follow Him now with all your heart!
Description:As our hearts turn towards our Heavenly Father, we want what He wants for our lives. The Sermon on the Mount lays out His direction for us. While we walk we can ask, seek, and knock, and like a good Father, He'll answer!"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets."Matthew 7:7-12
Description:It is often said that "Hindsight is 20/20." But Jesus seems to say that humility is 20/20. How does humility in our life clear up our understanding of so many things?"Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgement you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the speck out of your eye.? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye."Matthew 7:1-6
Description:Root out worry with gratefulness, trust, eyes of faith, and a heart that is quick to respond!
Seek First the Kingdom
Description:"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."Matthew 6:33
Description:What is a "prayer warrior"? Do we want our sons + daughters to be one? Here we study Jesus' direction for developing our prayer life that is realistic, genuine, humble, and pleasing to our Father. It begins with our prayer life!
Description:"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." II Corinthians 5:17
Annual Ministry Celebration
Description:"Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord!" Psalm 150:6
Description:"Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven."Matthew 6:1