Since Jesus died for us, we are to live in His holiness. Holiness means that there is no division between our sacred and secular lives. How, then, do we treat those we consider to be outsiders to our lives? How do we treat our brothers and sisters in Christ when we see them throughout the week outside of church?
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.
God has given us many things in life so we can enjoy His creation. What if we were put in this time and place not just to enjoy what He has given to us, but to bring glory to Him?
This week, Pastor Doug asks us to consider that we should find pleasure in prioritizing our day around bringing glory to Jesus, instead of prioritizing the day in finding pleasure.
As we have looked into the Bible's view on sin, we need to know what to do about the situation. This week, Pastor Doug teaches that God has already taken care of the problem for us. When our culture has such obvious divisions, we need to see that we are united by a need for salvation. This salvation is a free gift of God, if all we do is accept it.
This week, Pastor Ben takes us through what it means to be merciful. We need to look to Christ as our perfect example of mercy. Ben shows us four ways that God has shown mercy to us, so we may be able to show mercy to others.
This week, Pastor Doug looks at the situation in which Pilate had found himself regarding Jesus. The Roman governor had to decide what to do with Jesus. Similarly, we all have our choice regarding Jesus. What will you do with Him in your own life?
This week, Pastor Doug digs into the relationship between parents and children. Both sides of the relationship have a role to play in fulfilling God's will. Just as children are to obey and honor their parents, the leaders of the family are called to be an example to show a loving relationship with God.
The story of the Good Samaritan is a well-known story in the Bible. However, it can overshadow the preceding interaction between Jesus and a lawyer. The lawyer was looking for a loophole in the idea of helping a neighbor, so Jesus defined a neighbor as being anybody in need. In order to grow in love for our neighbors, we need to be more aware of who is in need, what their needs are, and what we can do to meet the needs.
The story of Moses is the story of God's character in our lives. This week, Pastor Doug teaches us how God seeks to impress His sovereignty upon us and deliver us from a life without Him. From there, He continues to lead us, protect us, and provide for us even as we try to go back to living on our own terms.