Sunday, February 23rd, 2020
by Bill Johnson
Seeing what God sees.
Sounds so much better than "miscellaneous," but that's what it is. ;)
Seeing what God sees.
God's mission for our church must remain the focal point of our story as a church.
Let's pray, together, and for one another.
Relationships run on the currency of time and conversation. Same goes for our relationship with God.
The Holy Spirit was poured out on the church on Pentecost - celebrated today throughout the world - and is still poured out on the church today, as evidenced in a small part by the work done at Central Ohio Work Camp 2019.
In case you hadn't noticed, the American political climate is a raging dumpster fire on social media. When was the last time someone actually changed their mind because of a Twitter rage, or a Facebook tirade?
Are the words of Jesus to "do to others as you would have them do to you" needed now more among Christians in our current climate?
Why do bad things happen to good people? Why does God allow his children (whom he claims to love) to suffer when he could remove their suffering? Where is God when it hurts?
How do you deal with being disappointed with God? Is it wrong to be disappointed with God?
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
The story of the Exodus highlights to tension in our human condition. Even after the Lord displayed his miraculous might, the people were prone to want to return to oppression. Today, we display the same lack of faith and trust.
What's your baptism story? Do you remember how it felt? Do you remember feeling freed from sin? Do you remember feeling freed from burdens? Do you remember feeling alive? Do you remember feeling like you were going to change the world? Do you remember feeling so close to God?
Let's look at the reason our baptisms are so significant.
How do we live in the tension between where we are, and where we see ourselves being?
Values or Vision Goals:
What does it take to produce twelve happy homeowners who have had their houses painted for free by Central Ohio Work Camp? In short, a lot. It takes a lot of manpower (teenpower?), supplies, time, money, prayer and selfless dedication of God's people to believe that he can take our acts of service and change the hearts and lives of people in our city.
We were created in the image of God, and we are meant to connect in the image of God. This can only happen when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable with each other. Vulnerability is difficult, but it's also necessary to create sacred spaces and welcome God into our relationships.
Do we know who we really are? Do we allow ourselves to be defined by the world and its values, or do we hear how God defines who we are?
When it comes to young people, Jesus gets serious. And as followers of Jesus, we should be serious about how we treat our children and children in the community.
How do we go from mere resolutions to actual achievable goals? Let's get SMART.
We are so often caught up in our own lives that we miss what's right in front of us. One of Jesus' last encounters on earth reveals his passion for the lost and an overwhelming response of faith.
Sometimes Jesus calls people to do great works. Sometimes he simply says, "Return home and tell how much God has done for you."
How should we handle it when we see things in our lives that the Lord hates?
We can learn a lot about God and ourselves by looking at the story of Jonah.
As we work together, God can accomplish great things through our humble offerings.
The human condition is competitive. We like the strong and the beautiful. But are we asking the right question when we ask "Who's The Strongest?"
We're not meant to be "fixers" (which is how our society works), we're meant to be in relationship. And relationship means things like empathy, validation, listening - simply being WITH people. Which is hardest when that involves pain. And it's hardest when we can't fix it.
As we stand on the verge of a new year, it's only fitting to ask "Where have we been?", and maybe more importantly, "Where are we going?". Whatever the answers, the uncomfortable truth remains: we will have to change.
Our distractions are legion. We are constantly bombarded with a myriad of media that vies for our attention. News, popular culture, family, work - they all have their time and place. But where does God fit into our modern lives? Where and when do we take a stand to choose to be focused - and to love?
God can use many tools to empower recovery and restoration over our weaknesses.
In this final sermon of 2014, we go to Mount Nebo. From this mountain Moses saw the Promised Land and this would be the last sight he would see. Moses died and the conquest of the land would commence. While it is beneficial to look back and remember, that cannot overshadow that God is moving us forward into new lands and new territories. Key Text: Deuteronomy 34
Grace is not a new thing or a new phenomenon or a New Testament innovation. It is the very nature of God.
What does YOUR list look like? Are you dotting all the 'i's and crossing all the 't's? How often does Satan remind you of your failure to do what is right? Let's take a look at whether we can know if we're good enough. Primary text(s): John 6:22-40; Micah 6:8; Amos 5:15; Deuteronomy 10:12-13; Galatians 5:19-21; Romans 3:10-20; Romans 7:14-25; Romans 8:1-4; Romans 8:31-39; Ephesians 2:1-15.
Will our church put on even footing the command to love God and the command to love one another? It starts right here in the body as Paul encouraged the church to always do good, especially to those in the family of God. Key Passage(s): Galatians 6:1-10
A look back at the tragedy of 9/11on the tenth anniversary, with spiritual reflections of hope and healing.
A look at the apostles Jesus selected, their diversity and their enduring mission and message to the contemporary church.