Power is defined as “the ability to act or produce an effect.” Most of the Christians I meet are tired. The Christian life seems like rules without resources, laws without life. There is nothing quite as exhausting as the powerless Christian life. Yet, the Bible teaches that the kind of power that lifted Jesus Christ from the grave – the greatest victory that was ever won – is the same power that lives in you (Romans 8:11)
They are not stagnant, meek, or passive. They have the capacity to impact lives and change history. Since its beginning, the church was essentially a movement. It’s a movement built around the conviction that Jesus died as the substitute for sinners and then rose from the grave – proving He was who He said He was. It’s a movement that began over two thousand years ago and is still advancing today. It’s a movement that believes God has spoken and willingly embraces the mission. The movement is people of different ages, colors, and backgrounds, united around a gospel message so powerful, it has to be shared. It’s a movement that loves patiently, prays expectantly, and worships fervently. It’s a movement that works hard. That serves joyfully. It reaches out to our communities and those in need.
Movements move. Be the movement.
You want your life to count. We all do. But too often we find ourselves moving at lightning speed and wondering, “what’s my purpose? Does my life really matter?” You’re not here because of luck, fate or coincidence. God created you for a purpose greater than you can imagine, and your life can make a difference.
In this series we explore what God’s Word says about what a church is supposed to be. There is nothing like the local church when it’s working right – where we can find community, express compassion and engage in mission.
God uses a very normal guy like Peter to show us there is exaltation in humility (weird), that our marriages can be fantastic (weirder), and that we can rejoice in suffering (weirdest)! “Normal” means common, regular, usual. You were not made for normal.
No one ever plans on getting stuck, but sometimes we find ourselves in a tough spot. God wants us to get beyond it and He offers the help we need at the moment we need it most to move forward.
Years ago, a prophet named Habakkuk had major issues with why God allowed certain things to happen and why He wasn’t doing something about them. Maybe you’ve felt the same way. That’s ok!
One of the greatest experiences is coming to understand that God not only wants to do something for you and in you – but that God wants to do something great through you.
God is much bigger than a couple of hours on Sunday. God is intensely interested in your family, your work, your neighborhood, even time management.
We look for happiness in our jobs, relationships, even in our bank accounts - time and time again they disappoint. They offer empty promises that don’t satisfy.
In this series we’ll learn how to replace these empty promises with promises that bring hope, purpose and ultimately the better life we are all looking for.