Last Sunday we kicked off the new Series, ACTS with a impactful message on the Power of God.
Breakthrough comes from “Dunamis", the miraculous power of God, manifested through Spirit-filled people....us!
Dunamis means “to have the ability to have achieving power or the ability to carry out some function, might, strength, ability, capability, or power to accomplish a task.” That is what we gain when we allow the Holy Spirit to operate in us!
When we allow the power of the Holy Spirit to work in us, we will notice changes in our lives. Even changes in the way we live, the way we spend our time, our attitude towards sin and even our social media habits!
The Holy Spirit is IN you for YOUR sake but He is UPON you for the sake of OTHERS.
(See Ephesians 3:16)
What God is saying to us today is, ‘I have put the Dunamis power in your hands.’
There’s a powerful quote, “Christ has no body now, but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks with compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through who he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes. You are His body...”
The book off Acts shows us where the first church started. They were empowered by the Spirit and went forth to spread a hopeful-filled gospel that would transform the life and hearts of millions of people across hundreds of generations.
We are excited to dive into Acts and into the calling God has on each one of us.
Bring a friend and join us tomorrow at 10:15am!
What He Said While in Pain was a powerful series on the death and resurrection of Jesus. Easter, or resurrection Sunday, was the celebration of death’s destruction. Jesus paid the price for our sin, so that we could live freely in Him.
But, have you ever noticed that we don’t EVER think about God very deeply until we start seeing evil around us? Or when evil is done against us? Have you ever noticed that no one ever really pays attention to God, until we get to the point were we are confronted by the difficulties of life?
When pain hits in our lives, we begin to look at God differently than when we were experieincing joy. I think if we were honest, we have all done that a time or two. In fact, we tend to remember God only to demand of him answers!
When sin is commuttted against us, we become heart-broken, we become desilusioned and start saying things like.. “God, if you are God, and can alter everything in my life, why aren’t you altering this situation?
We become angry with God, and place the blame on him!
What we are watching and experiencing in the world becomes the filter we use to look at a good God and begin to distrust him. Saying things like, ‘I can’t trust you God because look at what you are allowing.’ Where’s LIFE when death is so present?
We have to realize, OUR VIEW OF WHO WE ARE WILL ALTER OUR VIEW OF WHO GOD IS.
So, How do you view God? Do you see Him as the risen savior He is even when going through rough times?
Mark Batterson said, “Guilt issues are a misunderstanding of God’s grace. Control issues are a misunderstanding of God’s sovereignty. Anger issues are a misunderstanding of God’s mercy. Pride issues are a misunderstanding of God’s greatness. Trust issues are a misunderstanding of God’s goodness.”
This is so true! God is good, and makes you Good, so you can do good!
He made you His ambassador of life! By introducing life in the midst of death!
“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through who he blesses all the world. Yours are the hand, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”
Teresa of Avila ,
Let’s be ambassadors of God’s love and grace and share the life and hope we have in Jesus with others.
The full series of What He Said While in Pain and Easter Sunday is now available on podcast.
Check it out here!
We leave this life, the same way we lived it. Pain uncovers in us the content of our character, values, and morals. Endurance until the end is the result of strength of purpose that won’t give up until we reach our goal.
Endurance is sticking through the pain in order to finish what you started. Otherwise it is not endurance. In fact, the word endurance, according to the dictionary, is the capacity of something to last or to withstand wear and tear..
Endurance in our faith is an investment into our purpose.
We begin things enthusiastically (when we come to Jesus we are enthusiastic, when we start serving the church we are enthusiastic, when we get baptized we are focused and enthusiastic)... without necessarily counting the cost, only to hit snags after snags, disappointment after disappointment and trials after trials, and we end up asking ourselves when the enthusiasm is done... IS IT ALL WORTH IT?!
There is pleasure in finishing what we start. We endure the frustration in order to get the adulation.
The will of God is usually at the end of that which you endure for Jesus’ sake.
The will of God is done, when we finish the work of God that flows in and through us.
Jesus submitted to the father, committed to enduring the harsh reality of his sacrifice for us, and brought us all a way out from eternal condemnation through salvation. That’s a job well done. And sadly, most of us won’t dare to endure embarrassment, or shame for stepping out and inviting people, going public with our faith or even pursuing and finishing opportunities for discipleship such as Life Groups, I love my city projects and serving others.
How can you know how your life will be if you won’t finish what you started? When we accepted Jesus as our savior, that is NOT the end, that’s the beginning... Now you have to foster a relationship with Jesus.
Let his finished work be your starting point.
Palm Sunday is about welcoming the savior into your town, and your life. Jesus rode on the lowest of animals into Jerusalem and the people celebrated him and welcomed him and his salvation. Good Friday soon followed where they got a deeper understanding of his purpose when he willingly died in one of most painful ways so that we could be saved. He endured through unimaginable pain. But that is not the end...Easter is coming where we celebrate his resurrection! He is alive! Hallelujah!
Gather some friends and your family and don’t miss it! We have two services - one at 9am and 10:45am!
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