Distressed in the realm of the dead

In our sin-scarred world, ‘distressed in the realm of the dead’ describes a real condition. Rebellion, disobedience, sin all does this to us. In distress, Jonah cried out to God and discovered, “Salvation is of the LORD.” (2:9) In the gospels we discover Jesus, the greater Jonah, who restores rebellious, wayward people to life in the presence of God. Jesus is the one we must trust in and follow to experience life in its fullest.  Text:  Jonah 2, Matthew 12:40-41; Luke 22:19-20

I thought it was all about me

How is it that Jonah heard God’s call so clearly and, yet totally missed the heart of God and everything became about him? In message 1 of “Jonah…more than just a fish,” consider takeaways as relational God plunged to the depths of the sea pursuing relationship with us.  Text: Jonah 1

Wisdom & The Fear of the Lord

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
Consider the wisdom books. What is wisdom? Where can it be found? Where does it come from? The fear of the Lord is a sense of awe and reverence towards God, not the belief that he is out to get us or harm us. Christ is both the wisdom and power of God in the New Testament. What are ways that we can make this practical in our lives today?  Text: Prov. 9:10

“STEWARDING OUR ATTENTION”

How can we navigate a world trying to distract us from God? Though the struggle may feel new, the solution is not. Like Daniel and his friends, we are called to steward our attention by making biblical routines a priority in our lives.  Text: Daniel 1:10-12, Colossians 3:1-2

Don’t be puffed up against one another

One of the quickest ways to kill a relationship is to be a “know-it-all.” Our pride and ‘”righteousness” can get in the way of humbly following Jesus. From Jesus we learn to walk in humility as stewards of the incredibly gift of God’s restoring grace.  Text: 1 Corinthians 4:6-7; Proverbs 16:18; Philippians 2:5-11

Extend Empathy to One Another

One of the best ways to reach a lost world is to identify with them in suffering. While one cannot affirm a sinful choice, we can acknowledge the pain of life in a fallen world and feel for the destructive effects of sin and the devil.  Text: 1 Peter 3:8-17

Greet One Another

To greet one another is to give a polite word of welcome that says, “I’m glad you are here.” Within a list of names, Paul ends his letter to the church in Rome with the admonition to “greet one another.” Why greet one another? Because God in Jesus equips and connects us to the ultimate family and the ultimate story of redemption for His glory.  Text: John 13:34-35; Romans 16:1-27

Drifting – Youth Sunday 2nd Service

Little decisions we make everyday either bring us closer or further from God and His will for us. We become exhausted chasing temporary worldly satisfaction causing us to drift through life feeling empty. The solution is prioritizing our faith over everything else.  Text:  2 Peter 1:1-11

Drifting – Youth Sunday 1st Service

Little decisions we make everyday either bring us closer or further from God and His will for us. We become exhausted chasing temporary worldly satisfaction causing us to drift through life feeling empty. The solution is prioritizing our faith over everything else.  Text:  2 Peter 1:1-11