Week 7

Love Those Around You

After Saul's conversion on the road to Damascus, he went to the home of Ananias and scales fell from his eyes so that he could see again.  This week, Josh Knipple challenges us to ask that the Lord removes the scales from our own eyes.  We need to start by seeing our need for Christ in our lives.  Along with that, we need to see the needs of others.  Who is the Holy Spirit bringing into our lives on a daily basis?  How can we look into the communities around us and bring change into the lives of those who may need it most?

Persecuted For Righteousness' Sake

After a few weeks away from the Beatitudes, Pastor Ben looks at the idea of being persecuted.  While this can be an uncomfortable idea, it is important to realize that persecution for Christ can still be felt in the world.  It is important to remember that not all persecution is for the sake of righteousness, and we should be careful to examine ourselves during difficult seasons.  If we stay true to Christ, we can expect to stand out in a world that persecutes those who are different.