This Mother’s Day, Pastor Ben takes us through what it takes to pass our faith in Christ to the next generation. He stresses not only its importance, but also some easy ways to get involved in the lives of young people.
Pastor Ben brings us around on our Letters To the Church series so far, and brings us the next step. As the series has discussed, the reason we want to be a part of the church is to be engaged - not to be entertained. This engagement, however, needs to lead to action.
All believers are called to action - not just the leaders we see at the front of the sanctuary. Because Jesus has given us a tomorrow, we can give our today to somebody else.
This week, Pastor Ben takes us through the parable of the sower. He challenges us not only to be brave to be the sowers of God’s word, but also to examine the types of soils we can be to His word in various parts of our lives.
As we start into the Christmas season, Pastor Ben looks at the idea that we are to have hope in the coming of Christ. He takes us through the hope that the Old Testament prophets had as they wrote about His coming as a baby into our world. In a world with so much tragedy, is our hope also in Christ?
Pastor Ben talks about redeeming a very present tool in our lives. He shows how our smart phones can be a distraction from the things that God may call us to. Instead, we are urged to keep in mind that our phones are gifts from God and that we should use them to His glory.
Running the race of faith requires a handful of things. This week, Pastor Ben looks at the requirements of setting aside the weights of sin, running, and focusing on and considering Christ.
While studying the Bible on a book-by-book basis or on a specific issue, we need to keep the entire story of the Bible in mind. Pastor Ben walks us through the overall continuity of the Bible as a story of God's love and redemption for us.
As we are called to bring the love of Christ into the world, we will come across a lot of complicated issues. We need to be prepared to stand firm in the face of these difficulties. This week, Pastor Ben teaches that we are called to understand that sin has corrupted God's ideals for the world. Because of this, we need redemption. Sharing this redemption with others is what will ultimately show Christ's love.
This week, Pastor Ben wraps up 1 Thessalonians by mentioning that Paul's challenge for the church to avoid complacency. The Thessalonian church did not have sin issues that Paul had brought up in the letter. Likewise, we need to be careful that we do not stop growing and striving for Christ.
Pastor Ben shares with us this morning as we continue our study of 1 Thessalonians. This week he challenges us to grow, to mature, and to learn from our present afflictions; to keep our eyes on Heaven and care for others in the midst of trials.