This Sunday was declared volunteer Sunday because our volunteers are so worth honoring! Our church could not function without the men and women who carry the vision in their hearts, and give their all to see the Kingdom come in the lives of those around them. Carl Gulley led us in celebrating our volunteers and telling us more about how we can jump in and serve.
This week we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus and the life we have because of Him! Lead Pastor Carl Gulley shared on the impact the cross has on our lives. Jesus closed the gap between our performance and God’s perfection, and now we can have relationship with Him.
It was an exciting Sunday as we had the opportunity to hear from Jimmy and Laura Seibert, who are back from their three-month sabbatical. They shared about their time away, and shared vision for where we are headed as a church family this year. We are called to be people who dig up ancient wells, and allow the Spirit of God to flow through us (Genesis 26:22). When the life of God is flowing through us, not only do we get blessed, but those around us are blessed as well.
This week Carl Gulley shared part three of our series, And He Shall Be Called, with a message on Jesus’ family history. To set up the Christmas story and the arrival of Jesus, we first had to go back to the book of Ruth where we find Ruth and Naomi. Ruth was considered a cursed foreigner and Naomi called herself bitter, but it was through their family line that Jesus would eventually come through. He was the redeemer that would redeem their past and our future.
This week Carl Gulley continued our series, And He Shall Be Called…, with a message on the significance of the name of God. The name of God not only tells us who He is, but it also reveals His character to us. When we understand who God is, we pray prayers of great faith and are confident in what is to come.
This week Carl Gulley kicked off our new series, And He Shall Be Called…, with a message on the coming of Jesus and God’s faithfulness. God proved Himself to be faithful when He fulfilled every promise that was spoken about the coming of our Deliverer – Jesus. God is still faithful and will fulfill every promise He has ever spoken over our lives.
This week Carl Gulley wrapped up our series, The Unlikely Ones, with a message on Josiah – an unlikely one who became king at just eight years old and would later call his people back to the ways of God. Josiah read the Word of God with sensitivity and attention, and practiced the things he read. As a result, his people turned back to righteousness.
This week Carl Gulley continued our series, The Unlikely Ones, with a message on Job and his friends. Job was in deep grief because of the pain he was experiencing. Throughout the morning, we took a look at Job’s friends and their response to his pain. In life we find ourselves on both sides of the story – experiencing grief and trying to comfort those in grief.
This week Carl Gulley continued our series, The Unlikely Ones, with a message on the leper in Matthew 8. The leper was labeled as, “unclean,” and therefore distanced from everyone. Jesus reached across and made him clean again. Many times we see ourselves as unclean and defined by our past sin, but Jesus reaches across and shows us grace with no strings attached. When we walk out knowing we are under grace, we go from doing things to get God’s approval to knowing we are loved by God, and doing things to bring Him glory.
This week Carl Gulley continued our series, The Unlikely Ones, with a message on creating an action plan for whenever we’re tempted. We spent our morning in the book of Proverbs, looking at a young man Solomon warned of temptation. Temptation doesn’t just lead to sin over night. When we are self-aware, we can build a blockade to keep us from giving in and going down the wrong path.