Serving = Giving Up Rights

August 25, 2010

 

On Sunday evening, we will be continuing our series called Lessons in Service from the Life of Abraham. This week, our sermon title is “Serving = Giving Up Rights”.

Last week, we discussed God’s promise to Abraham that all the land of Israel would be given to his descendents.  In an incredible account from Genesis 13, Abraham gave his nephew Lot the opportunity to inhabit the choice ground, even though Abraham had every right to pick the best living situation for himself.

Rather than losing out on God’s best, Abraham’s consequence for yielding to his nephew’s preference is immediate confirmation that God would still be giving him the entire land.

This week, as we turn our attention to the Bible, we will explore these 3 truths:

1)  God has given us incredible blessings, and they often come with responsibilities and rights.

2)  God often invites us to voluntarily yield our rights to position and status to take a more loving posture.  This response has been modelled by Jesus’ example.

3)  When we focus on love and leave the fulfilment of God’s promises in His hands, we don’t weaken our chances to fulfill God’s call on our lives, we actually put ourselves in a better position for God to clarify his plan for us.

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, and bring a message called “Serving = Giving Up Rights”.

Feel free to take a “sneak peek” at the Scripture passage for the week.


We Serve an Extravagant God

August 14, 2010

 

There may not be a more controversial subject to discuss in church than money.  We could be easily tainted by horror stories of church financial misconduct and spending that cuts against the grain of the gospel of Christ.  Finances can be such a hot topic, it would be tempting to simply avoid any discussions of money in church at all.

However, the Bible actually has a lot to say about the relationship between our faith and our decisions about money.  In fact, there is more in the Bible about wealth, poverty, and money than almost any other subject.  It would be very difficult to have a full conversation about the Christian life without bringing up money.

This week, as we turn our attention to the Bible, we will explore these 4 truths:

1)  God says: “I AM GOD”

2)  God says: “I LOVE YOU”

3) God says: “IF YOU WILL TRUST ME, I WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU”.

4) God says: “TRY ME”.

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, and bring a message called “We Serve an Extravagant God”.

Feel free to take a “sneak peek” at the Scripture passage for the week.


Community: God’s Plan for Building Unity

August 7, 2010

 

In some ways, following Jesus and playing soccer have a lot in common.  For example, there are aspects of the Christian life that develop as we  train and grow as individuals.  But the whole point really of soccer is not individual achievement but supporting a common goal–pun intended:)–through teamwork. 

As in soccer, churches only become successful when members are effective in receiving their individual gifts and talents and sharing them with the rest of the team.  In fact, according to our scripture passage for this weekend, walking the path to Christian maturity is not a solo process, but rather a group activity that is resourced by the entire church body working together in love.

Join us this week as we answer these questions and more:

1)  What prevents a church body–and its individual members–from growing into God’s best in the area of love and unity?

2) As individuals, what are we allowing to hold us back from receiving all the gifts that God has for us? 

3) What are the impacts when we resist God’s gifts for us?  Isn’t that a personal decision that impacts me only?

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, and bring a message called “Community: God’s Plan for Building Unity”.

Feel free to take a “sneak peek” at the Scripture passage for the week.