#1 of 4 in Series: When Life is Hard and God Seem Cruel
“Where is God!? This timeless question continues to cry for an answer amidst a world filled with evil and suffering. The first of four messages will explore this faith tension of God’s redeeming presence even as one experiences the felt abandonment of God. Text: Luke 22:39-45
An encounter with God’s majesty, transcendence, and holiness brings us quickly to an end of ourselves. Only there, at the end of our “good” efforts, do we experience the restoring, forgiving grace of God. With that restoring grace comes a new orientation and profound mission in life. Isaiah’s encounter with God shows us how God restores lives. Text: Isaiah 6:1-13.
We are brought into right relationship with God through the transforming grace of Jesus Christ. Yet we know that there is unfinished work in our own lives, and much is awry in our world. We follow Jesus in obedience and in the hope of the coming perfection. Text: Matthew 5:6.
God’s provision and generosity is threaded throughout the story of God. Consider how this mysterious Old Testament story reveals God’s generous provision filling a gap that no one could fill and pointed to the forthcoming Christ. Text: Genesis 22:1-14