Stand Alone Message
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.
Mike Barr is our preacher and grace is our topic. Apostolic grace is an empowerment given to Christ’s church. Paul tells us in Ephesians 3 what apostolic grace is and its purpose for the church. Come join us as we discover why that same grace is just as essential today as it was 2000 years ago.3