Serving = Testing Faith

September 23, 2010

 

Sometimes as we walk this journey of following Jesus, we receive pretty specific insights about the purpose and plan that God has for us.  This week’s sermon is about trusting God with the promises He has made us. It is about trusting Him with the tasks that He has given us to do. It is about walking through life “holding loosely” to the things that He has given us.

Abraham in the Bible certainly experienced this.  God promised for years that he would have have a son and father a great nation.  This nation would bless the whole world.  Once his son was actually born, it wasn’t very long before God tested Abraham by asking him to “give up” his son.

Fortunately, Abraham passed the test by showing that he was willing to yield his son to God’s will.  He knew that God’s ability to fulfill promises goes way beyond current circumstances.  That’s why Abraham was able to “hold loosely” the apparent plan that God had to accomplish His purpose.

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 = Testing Faith”.

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


Serving = Tithing

September 8, 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 = Tithing”.

This sermon is about serving God by making God #1 in our financial lives. Not just using our money in ways that glorify Him, but becoming the kind of people who yield control of our finances to Him by asking Him what we are supposed to give, and then simply giving it first.

This week, we will explore these 3 truths:

1) God has given us everything! We serve by giving back a portion of what we have received.

2) God asks for our first fruits–the first things we produce or earn. This principal is consistent throughout Scripture.

3) God invites us to tithe as an act of love. He doesn’t “need” or even “demand” our money. God knows that our spending decisions both reveal and reinforce where our affections are. “Where your treasures lie, there your heart will be also.”

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 = Tithing”.

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


Serving = Hard Work

September 4, 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 = Hard Work”.

This sermon falls on Labor Day weekend.  Over Labor Day last year in a sermon called God’s Heart for Work, we took the occasion to speak about how we can approach our work (vocations) as acts of service. This year, things get reversed as we are discussing how our service for the Kingdom turns out to actually look and feel like work–because it is work to serve!

In the Bible passage we will be exploring this week, we will see how Abraham pursued and routed a massive army that had taken his nephew Lot captive.

It must have taken a lot of courage for Abraham to chase down the captors and to attack this ruthless army.  But he was a man who went to great effort to serve his nephew by rescuing him from captivity.

This week, we will explore these 3 truths:

1) Serving is hard work because it ALWAYS puts us in square conflict with the World, the Flesh, and/or the Devil.

2) Although it is hard work, we still serve because we are compelled by love.

3) Whenever we are serving from the right place, we can expect God to provide direction and confirmation, which is quite helpful because usually service organized around the Kingdom looks nothing like the way the world would organize service.

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 = Hard Work”.

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

This painting is called The Spirit of Kansas City and was painted by Norman Rockwell in the aftermath of the flood of 1951.