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We are all gifted for the sake of serving in the church. This sermon examines three (3) ways that God uses us in the church.
This sermon explores what the Bible says about who Satan is, his influence in our lives and how we can resist him.
Pastor Notes: Have you ever felt like no one understood you? That no one really got you? Today's sermon is found in Matthew 16 and Luke 9.
The disciples failed to understand Jesus' prediction about his suffering. Pastor Tim explains how they (and we) can misunderstand suffering, both Jesus' suffering and ours.
Elder Simon preaches about the prophet Ezekiel's ministry, which took place whilst he was accompanying the people of Judah as they went into exile in Babylon. How did he cope with the destruction of his people's history and identity? How did he respond to the radical changes that took place during that time? As we also live through a time of great change, we can draw encouragement from this unusual prophet.
It would be a safe bet to say that all people desire to be happy. They would disagree on what would make them happy, but they all desire to be happy. The list of things that would make them happy is very long. I won’t even take time to start, you can fill in your own blanks Imagine being told you could ask for one thing and it would be given to you? Like having a genie out of a bottle saying he will grant you one request. What one thing would you ask for that would make you most happy? Something like that actually happened once. There was a man who was told he could ask for anything he wanted and it would be given to him. The answer he gave seemed to surprise the person granting the wish. God offered Solomon a blank check, “ask me for anything and I will grant it.” That is a true test of a person’s character. What Solomon asked for said something about him. II Chronicles 1:11-12 God answered Solomon, “Because … you have not asked for possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked for long life, but have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12 wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor.” Wisdom is such a good thing it’s a package deal. He who gains wisdom gains many good things as well. Let’s briefly define wisdom as the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, good judgment and insight. And this leads to a question, who is wise and understanding among you? Who do you look to for wisdom? Whose life is characterized by wisdom, prudence, discernment, spiritual maturity? By asking the question the implication is that it’s something you can notice, you know it when you see it.
There is something remarkable, distinct, and powerful about Christian grief. But many of us don’t know how to grieve or how to come alongside those who are suffering. The truth is we can only offer others the comfort that we ourselves have received. If we have not adequately grieved or honestly faced the weight of our own pain and losses with the Lord & others, then when it comes to entering in to the dark hour with a brother or sister, we will not be able to walk very far down the narrow hallway of sorrow & grief before our own discomfort forces us back to the shallow end of life. And the reality is at that point, we’re simply not much help. In this sermon, Pastor Adam equips the church pastorally and practically to both grieve your own pain and losses and to come alongside others who are hurting.
Coming alongside hurting people is not for "superstar" or "professional" Christians...it's a ministry that belongs to the Body of Christ...to the people of God. Being a Spirit-filled, equipped compassionate friend is a powerful responsibility and privilege.