A major component of Christ-following is learning to discern what belongs to the Father and what belongs to the world. In this scripture, Jesus speaks about the tension of living in the world while not belonging to it. God has sent His Spirit of truth so that we might know what is true, live it, and testify to it.
Psalm 119:1-16. How do you think of God? We tend to project the parenting style of our own parents onto God. The trend these days is often for “permissive” spirituality…like the fun parent who lets us have our way. But God gave us laws to guard our way. And He gave us hope and joy through the resurrection and redemptive power of Jesus.
Accelerate: Episode 3. Time With God. Mark 1:35-39. The human attention span is at its lowest…ever. Our daily lives are increasingly out of focus, overwhelmed and chaotic. In this verse, Jesus was in great demand, but He chose to spend time with His Father. This is how He got direction for His life. Spending daily, dedicated time with God is the best way to find power and peace in our life.
Are you a disciple? Being a true disciple is a lifelong process of “dying to self” and allowing Christ to come alive within us. It’s not comfortable, requiring faith and obedience. But it leads to exponential living, freedom and blessing. Maybe it’s time to accept Jesus’ call to go into deeper waters as His disciple.
Easter Sunday Sermon. Rolling Stones. Mark 16:1-9. Often, just a few key events will shape the trajectory of your life. Many of these expose a stone and a tomb – addiction, sin, health or money issues. Maybe you need a miracle to roll away the stone and escape your tomb. The miracle of Easter shows us how the faith-filled life NEVER asks that you move your own stones. When was your last miracle?
Jesus rode into Jerusalem and within a week he would be dead, condemned to be crucified by the voices of the same crowds lauding him as the coming king, but why? Jewish leaders condemned him for what he had been saying and doing, and the crowds for what he ended up NOT doing. They lost faith when he did not save himself. They couldn’t see the bigger picture.
The last words of Jesus on earth instruct us was to, “go and make disciples.” Pastor Adam begins a new sermon series to accelerate our faith beyond the starting blocks. The first core essential is to lean on the unchanging truth of God’s word. If we really want to change the world, go and make disciples. There is no Plan B.