Instead of giving up something for Lent, let’s give ourselves away!
Because we are created in the image of God, our happiness does not come from status, salary, sex, or success. True happiness and fulfillment come from serving others. God designed you to be happiest when you are giving your life away. Why? Because he wants you to become like him.
Matthew 20:28 says, “Even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many” (NLT). Jesus came to serve and give. Those two things will bring more happiness in your life than anything else, and they define what it means to follow Jesus. If you’re not serving, you’re not giving, and you’re not following Jesus. It’s just that simple.
We give ourselves away because Jesus gave himself away for us, but often we don’t know how to begin.
There is the face that everyone sees and then there is the real you. We all have "masks" that we show others; sometimes to make ourselves look better, sometimes to hide the pain and hurt. This message series challenges us to come out from behind the mask and get real and authentic with God.
Chances are you would never consider "re-gifting" a gift that has been given to you. It just isn't socially acceptable. And even if you do, it probably wouldn't be your favorite Christmas gift. But that is exactly what our Heavenly Father was thinking when He gave us the greatest gift of all: hope, peace, joy, and love through His son, Jesus. What can you do this Christmas season to give hope, peace, joy, and love to others in the name of Christ?
Maybe you've seen the popular TV show, "This Is US." It is the portrayal of the trials and triumphs of three people who share the same birthday and family identity. One of the underlying themes of the series is the question, "What are the things that connect us, define us, and express who we are?"
The sermon series "This Is US" looks at some of the things - like irrational generosity, abundant living, and giving sacrificially - that connect us, define us, and express who we are as followers of Christ. During this four-week series, you will hear personal stories of our own people who are growing into a deeper faith through stewardship.
Have you ever wished that life could be less complicated? Technology and technical advancement promises to make our lives easier, but it seems like the world we live in is more complex and complicated than ever before.
Faith and religion are not exempt from the complications and complexities of the world. It appears that what God intended to be relational, we have turned into religion AND religion has separated us from God and one another.
In the mid-18th century, John and Charles Wesley looked at their world and their faith tradition and saw a separation. Perhaps the greatest thing the Wesleys did was take the Christian faith and made it simple, accessible to everyone. All that was required of a person who wanted to be a part of this faith was “a desire to flee the wrath to come and a desire to be saved from their sins” and to follow three rules…Do no harm, Do Good, and Attain to the Ordnances of God.
In this sermon series, we will examine each of these rules and be challenged to apply them to our lives.