What does it mean to have a strong feeling of connection to a group of people? Pastor Doug teaches that it is not our social or legal norms that promote relationship and devotion, but rather that it is giving of ourselves to bring others into our lives.
This week, Pastor Doug looks into the second chapter of 1 Thessalonians. Paul begins by showing that we are all in the family of God. As such, we know that we are not called to go through life alone. Paul realized that he would have opposition and suffering as he presented the gospel, but the hope in Christ and the church would prove to help his ministry.
Last week, we looked at what it means to worship. This week, Pastor Doug starts us off by teaching that we cannot properly worship if we have sin in our lives. The grace of God covers our sin, but we need to pay attention to running toward worship instead of just running away from sin.
As we conclude the Six Rhythms series, Pastor Doug relates the series to the idea that we need to remember all we have is from God, through Him, and to Him. Celebrating and recreating is the best way not only to bring glory back to the Father, but also to show others what He has done for you.
This week, Pastor Doug takes a look at two people in their prophesied betrayal of Jesus. Judas had no hope after he realized what he had done. Peter, on the other hand, sought forgiveness and was quick to get back to Jesus.
Our faith in Christ's goodness and sovereignty will determine how we repent. Do we believe that we can fix our own problems? Do we surrender our daily will to live the way He would have us live? Do we realize that Christ has already worked out our salvation, and that we don't even have to fix our own problems?
This week, Pastor Doug takes a look at God's original intent for marriage. As we choose sin in our lives, marriage becomes more and more difficult to navigate. We need to look to God to lead us in how we are to live out our marriages, as they are meant to mirror the relationship within the Trinity.
At this time of year, we often think of joy as a synonym for happiness. We, as Christians, then think that since we are to be full of joy, that we should also be happy at all times. This week, Pastor Doug looks at joy from an eternal perspective. We are allowed to be anxious at times, but need to derive our deepest joy in the coming of Jesus.
This week, Brad Dayton discusses a few of the ways to help your neighbor.
Joseph often was in circumstances when he wondered what God's plan was. He was also in situations when he thought he had it figured out. Joseph's story is an example of waiting on God's plan. We may live to see why God has put us through tough times - or we may not. Either way, to be with God is to know that He is in control.
We often try to perceive God's character by giving him human attributes. We need to be careful, however, to impose human limitations upon Him. This week, Pastor Doug tells us some of the ways that God is beyond our measure. For all His power, He is a perfect father who wants a relationship with us.