This past Sunday morning, we grew in our understanding and our joy in Jesus’ plan to rescue the outcasts and grant them a reconciled relationship with God on the basis of His grace. In the evening service, we continued through our Sacrificial Unity series. This message explored how the church is to pursue the things that make for peace – even if the people disagree with one another over personal convictions.
“The Sick and the Centurion” – Matthew 8:1-17
“Seek First the Kingdom” – Romans 14:17-19
On April 27th, we began our 5-week sermon series through various stories and Bible passages to discover how the gospel affects our time and our busyness. We hope you’ll be able to join us and that you also invite others who are feeling weighed down by the various demands of life.
Here is a list of topics that we will be going through:
Week 1: Saved or Deceived?
Scripture – Luke 8:4-15
Maybe your life seems pointless because you don’t really know Jesus. If you do know Jesus, don’t fall into the traps of the unsaved. Jesus died to affect our lives and change how we relate to things around us.
Week 2: Worshipful Time or Wasted Time?
Scripture – Luke 10:25-11:12
We are commanded to obey, but true obedience only flows when we come and sit at the feet of Jesus. Therefore, we should be compelled to pray because everything we do in life is dependent on Him. Our lives should be lived out in faith that He will provide.
Week 3: Purposeful or Sleepwalking?
Scripture – Ephesians 5:15-17
Prayer will unite us to the answers God gives us in His Word. Now, what are the biblical priorities that God gives us in life? Do we have a grid through which we should make decisions? The Bible says we are to do all things decently and orderly. Ultimately, all of life is to be done for the glory of God. Each priority is a concern because Jesus has died to enable us to redeem the time.
Week 4: Shrewd or Sinful?
Scripture – Luke 16:1-13
In our immensely busy culture, we may decide we simply want “calm.” We turn to things that dull our thinking and keep us distracted. We make plans for ourselves and our children that fill up our schedules. Eventually we shut down and say, “Enough is enough.” But instead of working on what we should be doing, we turn to lesser things. How do we know if we’re doing what’s right or what’s wrong? The answer is not choosing to not be busy. Instead, differentiate busyness from being a busybody. This message will unfold Jesus’ parable of the shrewd manager. He knew how to be creative in what he was doing (in sin). How much more should we who are declared righteous in Christ be shrewd in accomplishing things for God’s glory?
Scripture – Romans 12:1-2
In the end, we have to ask ourselves this question, “Whose will do we desire to live for?” If we answer God’s, then we have to take radical steps to change our lives. This passage will talk about the radical claims of Christ and will also reveal how all of this can be done with real REST in Christ (Matthew 11:28-30). This message will also answer some objections people will have with not doing some things (i.e. – “What if my child will never learn an instrument or play a sport?” or “If I don’t do this or that, I won’t feel fulfilled.” or “I just don’t have time for that.”)
On Sunday nights, we studied the biblical priorities we must work through in order to schedule our lives according to God’s plan. This three-part series takes us from our personal relationship with the Lord to our relationship with others, the church and also our free time.