Sermons by: Carolyn Moore
We finish our series of messages on prayer by listening in on Jesus' prayer in John 17. We'll learn how to pray specifically for those God gives us, but so much more. We'll learn to pray prayers that transcend our own needs. We'll learn how to use prayer to set the table for joy, for the gospel message, for deep fellowship, for lasting communion, for glory.
These days of talking about and practicing prayer that transcends have been deeply meaningful. We've been grateful for the witness of your prayers and faith. This week, we will dive in again and explore the ministry of healing prayer. We will hear healing stories from the Bible and from people in our own community.
This is a message you don't want to miss! We have a special gift to share and are just so excited that we'll get to experience it together. We'll also talk about how to pray against the darkness, so that we are working in partnership with God to bring hope and healing where the enemy roams.
In a world that is increasingly disconnected for all kinds of reasons, reconnecting is an important practice that deserves our energy and intention. And what better place to begin than our connection with God? This month, we’re focusing on that connection and talking together about how prayer can not just reconnect us spiritually but reignite our faith and life. This week, we will focus on the prayer Jesus taught his followers to pray, with a focus on this important prophetic question: What can be? The Lord’s Prayer gives us a pattern for praying hopefully into what can be … in our lives and in our world.
This week, we finish a series of messages to take us three steps forward. We've learned together how to open the Word, listen to it, and let it take us into the heart of the Father. And this week we will learn how to let it send us out into the world. The story of Philip, a missionary and evangelist, teaches us something about Kingdom economics. We'll learn what matters in the art of sharing Jesus.
We've had fun these last two weeks pretending to be a LifeGroup in worship. You have done great work in getting all the "good" out of the creation story in Genesis 1 as we've practiced our "Three Steps Forward" together. This Sunday, we take on Step 3, which is the best part. This is where we get to enjoy God, then put feet to the work of following Jesus out into the world. As we learned last week, this process is not where we end, but it is a great place to begin. Thanks for being in it together.
Topics: Communion with God
This month, we are learning together how to use a simple tool to take us Three Steps Forward in our own spiritual life, while we learn how to disciple others in the way of Jesus. "The Card" helps us ask good questions of God, ourselves, and the Bible, both personally and in our LifeGroups. Last week, we learned how to "read" scripture by listening to the Holy Spirit as we listen to a passage. This week, we'll talk about how to let that passage personally shape our response to life by using reflective questions that allow us to have a deeper conversation with the Bible under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I'm just really excited to talk through this method of devotional reading with you, and look forward to worshiping and working the Word together.
Our new message series begins, and it's all about what it means to follow Jesus. This week, we'll hear the charge from Jesus himself. And you'll get to see what our ministry leaders have been working on all summer. We will introduce a discipleship tool for every age -- a card we hope will become so useful to your devotional practice and small group life that it becomes our culture.
This week we find ourselves in Isaiah 66, the last chapter of Isaiah's prophecies. Isaiah ends with a word of hope-filled grace, and a reminder that our God is the Lord of all and will bring new life out of the ashes. And his favor will rest on those who worship Him wholeheartedly, in love.
This summer we have been following the thread of worship through Isaiah. This week we enter a new sequence of Isaiah's prophecy, one that is hopeful, personal, and challenging. God's word to the Israelites is a word for us. He wants to do a new thing. God loves us. He sees our current reality, and he wants to make a way through we could never see for ourselves. He wants to do a new thing! Are you ready? See you Sunday.