Stand Alone Message
This week, we will witness a move of the Spirit through Mike Barr's testimony.
A new year is an incredibly hopeful thing for me. It isn't just that we get to try again, but that we can be hopeful about what's ahead. And I am a fan of hope! Hope is probably what encourages New Year resolutions, but is that the best way to welcome hope into our lives? Especially since most of us end up dropping them by mid-January, it seems as if resolutions can be counter-productive. And as Steve Moore shares with us this week, they may not even be biblical. What if we focus instead in the person of Christ, rather than the work of life? That's where we'll be this Sunday as we begin the Year of Sweet Communion.
Join us for a special message designed to help us as a family catch a vision for online worship in 2022. We are excited for the chance to speak directly to our online family! We'll also talk more about our word for the season ahead: sweet communion.
We are God's treasured possessions, a kingdom of priests, and all of Creation belongs to God alone. This week, we'll talk about what it means to live as a generous Kingdom people in light of the truth about who God is and who we are.
Do you remember "normal" family holidays? Me, neither. We are all grieving the loss of our old "normals," some of which may never return. But the good news is that the space created gives room for us to find some new "normals" -- things that feed our souls and help us connect more deeply with God and each other. At Mosaic, we're doing just that. We're looking for new "normals" that feed our relationship with God and that breed life and joy into our community. This Sunday, we'll talk about how we can intentionally sow good practices into our holidays so we can welcome the mystery in ways that refresh and renew.
We are thrilled to welcome Lo Alaman to Mosaic this Sunday. Those who have been to New Room know just what a treat we're in for. Lo is a speaker, spoken word poet, pastor, preacher, and all-round awesome guy. He is the author of We Sang A Dirge -- a book of poems powerfully capturing our nation's year of lament. Lo's poetry, messages, and his whole life minister Christ into every moment. We are truly honored to have him with us to pour into our Epic students and share with us on Sunday.
There are signs of hope budding in the world. We've been holed up and thinking in survival terms for so long, but things are looking up. The vaccine is making its way into our lives. The angriest among us seem to have taken a break from national unrest. Our beautiful southern spring will be here soon. Meanwhile, bills have been paid, food has been on the table, most of us have kept our jobs. Even those of us who haven't can say with the writer of Acts that "God's grace has been powerfully at work among us." So how do we respond to that grace? Perhaps it is time to cultivate a generous spirit toward life again. This Sunday, we'll talk about that as we learn from the example of the first-century church how to flourish in the storm.
On January 3 we begin a new series called "Prepare the Way." But first, we will take a Sunday to spend a little time exploring what it means biblically to choose life. As we look forward to the year ahead there is one choice we can all make that has the power to place us firmly inside God's will. We can choose life.
Topics: Choose Life
God's ability to orchestrate circumstances and accomplish his purposes is amazing, isn't it? Well, this Sunday's message represents one of those moments of amazement. Ten months ago, we planned this week's message with a stressful season in mind. At the time, we thought the season would simply be the upcoming holidays and all the extra that requires. Little did we know that the season we'd be in on November 1 would be THIS season. My goodness! Friends, let's talk about a better way to enter the holidays, so we can say with the saints, "Best of all, God is with us."
Paul tells us in Romans 15 that God is the God of Hope. God is both the source and the object of our hope. Our circumstances will never be the secret to a hope-filled, joy-filled life. This week we will explore the difference between worldly hope and Biblical hope, and we'll learn some simple, practical ways that we can cling to hope in these uncertain times.