All in All Part Six //
Generosity

This week, Vincent Carpenter continued our All in All series with a message centered around 2 Corinthians 8 and 9. Throughout this passage, Paul admonishes the church in Corinth to express generosity. The same admonition is for us today. When we give someone what we have, it makes a significant impact in both their lives and in our own. Before we can learn to give, we need to learn how to fully receive from God.

All in All Part Five //
Discipleship Community

This week, Vincent Carpenter continued our study in 2 Corinthians with a message centered around 2 Corinthians 7. Throughout the morning, we talked about repentance, perspective shifts and relationships. Many times, we believe repentance means feeling bad about our sin, but it is actually so much more than that. Repentance is a gift, and allows us to align both our thoughts and actions with God’s.

All in All Part Four //
Wholehearted Living

This morning Vincent Carpenter continued our All in All series with a message centered around 2 Corinthians 6 and the sufficiency God gives us to live a wholeheartedly. To live wholehearted means to stick with something even if it isn’t always easy. God is wholeheartedly committed to us, and He gives us the grace we need to wholeheartedly love and follow Him.

All in All Part One // Sufficiency in Trial

This week Vincent Carpenter kicked off our new series, All in All. Throughout the summer, we are journeying together through the book of 2 Corinthians. As we unpack these Scriptures, we believe it will be a mirror to our lives today, and we will learn more about how Jesus truly can be our all in all. This week we focused on 2 Corinthians 1:3-11, and learned how God can be our all in all in the midst of trial. As we look at the Corinthian church, we see that God wants us to know Him as our comforter and deliverer in the midst of our trials.

 

 

All in All Part One //
Sufficiency in Trial

This morning Vincent Carpenter kicked off our new series, All in All. Throughout the summer, we are journeying together through the book of 2 Corinthians. As we unpack these Scriptures, we believe it will be a mirror to our lives today, and we will learn more about how Jesus truly can be our all in all.

Today we focused on 2 Corinthians 1:3-11, and learned how God can be our all in all in the midst of trial. As we look at the Corinthian church, we see that God wants us to know Him as our comforter and deliverer in the midst of our trials.

Paul is clear that trials are inevitable, but trials are an invitation to know God in a more intimate way. Often our comfort is intertwined with giving away our lives to God and others. We don’t receive God’s comfort by doing religious works. Instead, when we voluntarily do something out of love for someone else, God will use it as a way to release comfort in our life.

Throughout this passage Paul also encourages the Corinthians, and us, to see God as our deliverer in the midst of our trials. Paul had no bitterness, anger or disappointment. Instead, he declared that God delivered him before, and He will deliver him again. Paul had hope because he was confident that God was enough. The key to deliverance is hope.

TAKE A LOOK AT THREE WAYS YOU CAN APPLY THIS WEEK’S MESSAGE:

  • God provides comfort for people in pain so they can provide comfort to others who are in pain. If you are experiencing a painful trial in your life right now, look for opportunities to support, encourage or help someone else in pain. 
  • We experience personal deliverance when we declare our hope is in Jesus and not in our situation. Think of any place of bondage or struggle in your life and declare over the problem that your hope is in Jesus.
  • Take a few minutes each day this week and tell Jesus He is enough for you. Declare that you are satisfied with Him, with all He has and all He is doing in your life.

We also encourage you to jump in with us as we read through 2 Corinthians this summer. Our summer reading plan starts tomorrow; click here to download a copy.

Reset // Abiding

This week Vincent Carpenter continued our series, Reset, with a message on abiding. Not only does Jesus call us to abide in Him when it comes to big decisions, He wants us to abide in Him in the day in and day out. When we are abiding in Jesus, He makes the impossible possible.

Seeing Jesus // Part Four

This week Vincent Carpenter wrapped up our series, Seeing Jesus, with a message on righteousness. Love paired with the grace of God brings righteousness. Self-righteousness happens when we allow our interests to be our driver. But when we see Jesus rightly and let our love for Him be what propels us, He becomes our righteousness.

Seeing Jesus // Part Two

This week Vincent Carpenter continued our series, Seeing Jesus, with a message on identity crises. Sometimes life circumstances can cause us to have an identity crisis – maybe you didn’t get a certain promotion or you didn’t get invited to something. But we were created uniquely by Jesus, and when we see Him clearly, we begin to see ourselves more clearly.

Seeing Jesus // Part Two

This morning Vincent Carpenter continued our series, Seeing Jesus, with a message on identity crises. Sometimes life circumstances can cause us to have an identity crisis – maybe you didn’t get a certain promotion or you didn’t get invited to something. But we were created uniquely by Jesus, and when we see Him clearly, we begin to see ourselves more clearly. Check out some of our takeaways from today’s message:

  • The law is an arrow that points to Jesus.
  • We have been made uniquely by God to glorify God with our lives.
  • An identity crisis is when a person struggles in understanding who he or she is, his or her value to other people and whether meaningful individuals care about.
  • God established an identity for us before we were even created.
  • Jesus wants to get in the middle of our identity crisis and point us back to Him.
  • When we have an identity crisis, it’s an opportunity to see Jesus more clearly.
  • Jesus is with us in the here and now through the person of the Holy Spirit.
  • Jesus tells us, “Though you are broken, I am committed to you.”
  • We have been given a place of honor from Jesus.
  • Sometimes we have to be willing to decrease so Jesus can increase.

IN RESPONSE:

  • To help us see ourselves the way God created us, we need to be clear on who Jesus is. This week look up passages of who Jesus is and declare His identity.
  • Declare things you are thankful for. We get greater perspective when we are thankful for what we have, rather than what we don’t.

By Vincent Carpenter – Adult Pastor

THE CULTURE OF HEAVEN: A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE ON DIVERSITY // PART 4

Today Vincent Carpenter wrapped up our Culture of Heaven series with a message on unity. Throughout the Bible we saw Jesus respond to crisis with unity. Each one of us carries the culture of Heaven within us, and we have been sanctified by God to be in the middle of crisis and bring unity.