This is the final week of The Story and Pastor Doug places us in Romans 11 to find the heart of the entire Bible, mercy. God has countless times put plans into motion, plans that include us but are not about us, to express His unimaginable mercy.
Throughout the Old Testament, people were waiting for Christ to come at any moment. As we wait for Him to come again, He can come at any untold moment. This week, Pastor Ben explains that we may not always like to think of Jesus as bringing justice for sins. We must remember God's holiness as well as His love.
As Paul is under house arrest in Rome, he writes a letter to Timothy to remind him of what is important in life. This week, Pastor Ben looks at Paul's encouraging note to remember Christ and to be unafraid in the face of suffering.
Paul was given the task to spread the Scripture across the world. In so doing, he had to go through a lot of suffering. This week, Pastor Doug shows us that Paul's motivation to continue can only have come from the joy of his salvation.
Before Jesus's ascension to Heaven, He left His followers with a command to make new disciples. This week, Pastor Ben shows us a handful of ways that the early church took on this responsibility. Likewise, we need to have the same heart as the early church, and we can have the same joys.
After the death of Jesus, the Pharisees feared a further cultural upheaval if the disciples were to be able to declare that He had risen from death. Jesus's followers, however, were afraid of the awesome power of God. Jesus used His resurrection to command His followers to tell others and make disciples.
This week, Pastor Doug tells us that obeying Christ may be scary at times. If, however, we put our fears aside and hope in the Lord, we will find an overwhelming joy in what we get to do in His perfect plan.
As Jesus was coming upon the moment of His betrayal, He spent some time to prepare His followers for the upcoming days. Likewise, God prepares us beforehand for what we have yet to face. In both cases, we are told that we know the way to the Father, we have help in the Spirit, and we have hope in Christ.
God is greater than our capacity to know Him. He knows everything about every person who has ever lived. He is this great, and yet, we are a part of His plan. Our sinful nature keeps us from knowing His reasoning. Despite this sinful nature, Christ came to be with us. This week, Pastor Don Rough explains two questions regarding Jesus: Who He is, and why He came.
This week, Pastor Doug discusses the story of the prodigal son. This story shows the mercy and grace that God has in store for us. We need to be comfortable in accepting these gifts. We also need to use them as tools to serve others and bring them closer to Christ.
Instead of giving the people of Israel an expected political king to free them from Roman rule, Jesus gave them immediate and personal change in their daily lives. This week, Pastor Doug looks into the story of the paralyzed man who had his sins forgiven. Jesus used a miracle to challenge the crowd into a decision of his own authority. We, likewise, must determine what Jesus means to our daily lives.