What does it take to convert an empire? What does it take to be the kind of person God can use to convert an empire? This is the theme of the first four chapters of Daniel. This story has a lot to teach us as we live in a world that doesn’t align with God’s purposes.
Converting an Empire
“The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness...” Exodus 34:6
In The Wizard of Oz, the Tin Man had a problem – he had no heart. Because of that, a large part of his experience in his world made no sense whatsoever. In the same way, our world and our lives often don’t make sense because we try to get them to work without the Heart they were designed for. In this series, we will be looking at the Heart and Character of God, as He describes it in Exodus 34:6. This is the Heart that we and this whole universe were made for. [*Tin Man Syndrome]
“The righteous ones will live by faith.” Habakkuk 2:4
Is it possible our faith has become worn down and dilapidated but we don’t even know it? When daunting threats and challenges burst into his life, Habakkuk found that while he needed a strong, courageous faith, the one he had wasn’t up to the task. That’s when God came alongside him and walked Habakkuk through an overhaul of his faith. So, do we have the courage to take that journey with God as well?
We have seen over these past weeks of Lent how Jesus’ identity is often hidden from us and others by His humanity, His suffering, His teachings, our expectations, etc. But at Easter this identity was made known. Jesus was revealed in the fullness of His divinity, His purpose and His eternity. And it was shocking! The revelation shook the foundations of our world, our history, and especially our understanding of who we are in this universe. It ends up that who Jesus is changes everything!
"He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know him." John 1:10
How is it even possible that God Himself lived among us and nobody really knew it? And why would He allow that to happen? It doesn't seem like the best way to save us. Why not make it undeniable and obvious who You are? Or is there something precious to God about people having a real choice, not an undeniale choice, when they decide to love and follow Him? Is that why, throughout His life, Jesus remained The "Hidden?"
- Speaker:Feb 19 2018 - 11:45
The Stumbling BlockFeb 25 2018 - 09:00
Hidden MysteryMar 4 2018 - 09:00
Faith Beyond the ObviousMar 11 2018 - 09:00
Blinded by ExpectationsMar 18 2018 - 09:00
Victories Beyond Our ImaginationMar 25 2018 - 09:00
We all know how important check-ups are. We get them for our health, our teeth, our cars, even our pets. But how often do we take the time to have a spiritual check-up? For five weeks, we will dig into the five areas essential to our spiritual health both as individual followers of Jesus and as a community of God's people:
Unleash the Power of PrayerJan 7 2018 - 10:30
DiscipleshipJan 14 2018 - 09:00
The Game ChangerJan 21 2018 - 09:00
Matthew 25 ChallengeJan 28 2018 - 10:30
God's Plan for CommunityFeb 4 2018 - 09:00
The One ThingFeb 11 2018 - 10:30
Advent Prayers: Expect, Anticipate, Hope!
Advent is the season in the church calendar focusing on the arrival and expectant preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. As recorded in the Gospel according to Luke, many individuals expectantly hope for the Lord’s arrival through prayer. Mary, Zechariah, Simeon, Anna, Angels, and Shepherds all have recorded prayers of hope and trust in God’s plan to come to earth in the person of Christ. Each week, we will be looking at these particular prayers of hope and acknowledging how they can continue to lead us to hope in the arrival of our God and celebrate Christ’s birth.
Advent Prayers: Mary's Prayer of the Great ReversalDec 3 2017 - 10:30
Advent Prayers: Zechariah's PrayerDec 10 2017 - 10:30
Advent Prayers: Simeon and Anna's PrayersDec 17 2017 - 10:30
Advent Prayers: Christmas EveDec 24 2017 - 10:30
Advent Prayers: Christmas Eve CandlelightDec 24 2017 - 07:00
Advent Prayers: Mary's Pondering (Sunballousa)Speaker:Dec 31 2017 - 10:30
Strength of Heart: How David Points us to a True and Better King
When God guided Samel to anoint David as king, God told Samuel, "do not consider his appearace or his height ... People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7)
In this October-November sermon series, we will walk through some of the major moments of David's life in 1 and 2 Samuel, exploring how God defines true strength of heart and how this impacts the way we see one another, while pointing us to Jesus as the true and better king which prepares us for Advent.
Strength of Heart: True GreatnessOct 1 2017 - 09:00
Strength of Heart: Courage & ConvictionOct 8 2017 - 09:00
Strength of Heart: True FaithfulnessOct 22 2017 - 10:30
Strength of Heart: True MercyOct 29 2017 - 10:30
Strength of Heart: True GraceNov 12 2017 - 10:30
Strength of Heart: True RepentanceNov 19 2017 - 10:30
Strength of Heart: True SacrificeSpeaker:Nov 27 2017 - 10:30
Treasure: Setting Your Heart on What Matters Most
In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, "Do not store up for yourselves treasure on earth...but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven...for where your treasure is, there your heart will be." (Matthew 6:19-21) This sermon series explores how to set our hearts on what matters most- setting us free from the grip of money, the grip of performance, and the grip of anxiety- so that we can live fully and love one another deeply.
Treasure: The Grip of MoneySep 10 2017 - 10:30
Treasure: The Grip of FameSep 18 2017 - 10:30
Treasure: The Grip of AnxietySep 25 2017 - 10:30
Treasured: Vann Trapp VisitOct 15 2017 - 09:00
Goddard Park Celebration
Goddard Park CelebrationSep 3 2017 - 10:00