Called to Leadership

Pastor Ryan continues our series through 1 Timothy by looking at what it means to lead and serve in the church.

Scripture: 1 Timothy 3:1-16

Running from God

Pastor Mark introduces the book of Jonah as we start a new sermon series called, “Running from God.” As we make our way through the story of Jonah, we are to look in the mirror and ask ourselves, “Are we running from God just like Jonah?”

Scripture: Jonah 1:1-3

Live Life by Intentional Living

These five short verses give basic principles to live by as we allow the message of Jesus not to just penetrate our minds, but also our hearts. Most things in life just don’t randomly fall into our laps. Instead, we need to be intentional, with the help of the Holy Spirit and others, to bring our faith into our actions. We can “Live Life by Intentional Living” as we:

  • Live a wise life
  • Lean into opportunities to seize the day for Jesus
  • Understand God’s will through community and solitude
  • Participate in true authentic worship
  • Develop a heart of gratefulness

Click here for the referenced article Seven Benefits of Living a Life of Gratitude

Scripture: Ephesians 5:15-20

Created for Community

“I am a Rock, I am an island… ” – while a popular song back in the 60’s, is absolutely contrary to the image of God and how God created us. We have all been created for community and the early church showed us some ways to lean into community. Despite their imperfect ways, we can learn from the imperfect early church 4 main aspects of their community life:

  1. Teaching
  2. Fellowship
  3. Sharing a meal together
  4. Prayer.

As we move forward in 2017, we as a church will implement all of these ‘community markers’ as we start our Rooted Experience.

Scripture: Acts 2:42-47, Genesis 1:27, John 17:22, Revelation 2:4-5

The Vine

Throughout the Old Testament, the ancient people of Israel were often referred to as a “vine” or a “vineyard.” The only problem was that Israel couldn’t live up to her calling to be a good-fruit producing vineyard. The good news is that Jesus is the True Vine and did what Israel should have done, but couldn’t. Jesus is the one who produces good fruit.

Continuing the metaphor, as the vine Jesus calls his followers the branches. And, of course, the goal of any plant is to grow and produce good fruit. The way that we as humans – as followers of Jesus – grow in bearing fruit, flourish, and become fully alive is by staying connected to Jesus (the vine) and allowing God – the gardener – to prune us.

The impactful, fruitful, lives of great character that we long for even in the midst of all our failures is available to us through Jesus – our vine – by staying intimately connected to him.

Scripture: John 15:1-8

I am the Light of the World

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” Over and over throughout Scripture we see that light is a metaphor for God and the good news that He brings. Hence, for many, it’s easy to believe that Jesus is the light of the world. But following him is a little more difficult. While we resonate with the first part of verse 12, we often forget the second part, namely that “Whoever follows me …” It’s the “following” element that we all need to work on, so that we “will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Scripture: John 8:12-20

Focusing on the Important

I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” The writer of this Psalm tells us he is on a journey… and as he looks up to the mountains he wonders where his help will come from? Certainly the Lord places family and friends in our life to make a difference, yet we are reminded that the Maker of heaven and earth is with us at all times and in all ways – no matter the situation. In the quiet moments of our lives, may we live in the reality the the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, is with us, guiding and protecting us – at all times and in all ways.

Scripture: Psalm 121