LAST WEEK'S SERMON

Youth Pastor Blaine Hewitt

The Psalms repeatedly encourage us to pause and reflect. Throughout this summer, guest speakers will be teaching on different chapters in the Psalms. We as a church are excited to be able to pause and reflect on who God is and who we are in Him together this summer! This Sunday, Youth Pastor - Blaine Hewitt, finished off the series in Psalm 16.

RECENT SERIES

Jesus was always in the right gear at the right time. He knew when it was time to work, rest, have fun, and dive deeper in relationships. As a result, he was present in his relationships and productive in his work. In our sermon series Gearshift, Pastor Shane will teach us how we can follow Jesus’ example in a day and age when there never seems to be enough time. 

During his public ministry, Jesus was laser focused on three main objectives: (1) dying as our perfect substitute so that our sin penalty could be paid for in full, (2) defeating evil and death by rising from the dead so that we could share in his victory, and (3) making disciples out of 12 men that would carry on his disciple making ministry to the ends of the earth.  

 

Thanks to Jesus’s faithfulness, the faithfulness of his original disciples, and countless others through the centuries that were obedient to Jesus’s call to make disciples, billions of people have found new and eternal life in Jesus. The sad reality that we now face is that many Christians in America have completely forsaken Jesus’s clear call to make disciples. The Great Commission has become so absent in the lives of Christians, one author has called it The Great Omission. Join Pastor Shane in Mission Critical as he explores how we might rediscover the lost art of disciple making so that the next generation might be rescued out of darkness to walk in Jesus’s marvelous light now and forever.

To behold means to focus your attention on an object in order to think deeply and carefully about it. What’s interesting is that we are shaped by what we have the habit of beholding. In other words, over time, we become what we most frequently behold. This, of course, is both good news and bad news. It is bad news when we behold the wrong things that transform us in negative ways. We have all read the stories of people beholding success, power, or wealth as their highest aim that were destroyed by the pursuit of them and wrecked others in the process. The good news is that we can be shaped by the good things we behold. There is no one more beautiful and wonderful than Jesus. We find a tremendous promise in 2 Corinthians 3:18. The verse states that when we behold Jesus' glory, it becomes glory imparted to us…meaning we are transformed into people that reflect Jesus's glory in increasing measure. Jesus' beauty becomes our beauty. Jesus' character becomes our character. Jesus' peace becomes our peace. Jesus' love becomes our love. Jesus' desires become our desires. Jesus' wisdom becomes our wisdom. Jesus' courage becomes our courage. This Easter season join us in beholding Jesus' glory that was on full display during his trial, death, and resurrection and become more like Jesus!

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