The Gifts We Give //
Part Four – The Gift of A Sign

This week Vincent Carpenter concluded our series, The Gifts We Give, with a message on the gift of a sign. Just as God gave the Wise Men the star as a sign that led them to Jesus, God gives us signs to lead us. At times, the signs may seem hard to discern, but we can be confident that God is always wanting to lead us into greater life.

The Gifts We Give //
Part Three – The Gift of Humanity

During the holidays many of us feel lonely, isolated or rejected. But we all want to be loved, honored and valued. That is part of our humanity. Today adult pastor Vincent Carpenter continued our series, The Gifts We Give, with a powerful call to reclaim our humanity through Jesus, and in turn, give it to others.

The Gifts We Give //
Part Three – The Gift of Humanity

During the holidays many of us feel lonely, isolated or rejected. But we all want to be loved, honored and valued. That is part of our humanity. Today adult pastor Vincent Carpenter continued our series, The Gifts We Give, with a powerful call to reclaim our humanity through Jesus, and in turn, give it to others.

OUR HUMANITY IS A GIFT FROM GOD, NOT A PRODUCT OF SOCIETY.

God created mankind, and He is the originator of our humanity. When sin entered into the world, our humanity was distorted. Our distorted view of humanity can lead us to try to find our ourselves outside of God, which ultimately leads to hurting others in order to find self. God sent Jesus to restore mankind to Himself and reestablish a right understanding of humanity. In Christ, we are not only loved, honored and valued, we are also included in the family of God. We have a newfound identity as sons and daughters of God.

WE UNDERSTAND OUR OWN HUMANITY THROUGH THE GLORY OF GOD.

In Luke 2, the shepherds got a divine visitation that frightens them and awakens them to their part in God’s bigger plan. As some of the most lonely, isolated and rejected people in the world, God chose to reveal His glory to the shepherds as a way to show us that even the lowest among us are invited in. After the shepherds were invited into God’s bigger plan, they shared all that they had seen and heard with others, and “all who heard it were amazed” (Luke 2:17-18). In order to share the humanity they had been given, they first had to receive it through the glory of God.

HUMANITY LEADS US TO THE PEACE OF GOD.

Peace is not a state of mind. We can all be deceived into believing that we can find peace in economic status, achievements, relationships or power, but this is a false peace. Peace is a person, and Jesus wants us to experience the kind of peace that the world cannot give or take away. Jesus gives us peace, but we maintain peace by making peace with others. Our true humanity is our ability to accept the peace and favor of God, and turn and give it to someone else.

IN RESPONSE //

  • Start your day by declaring your restored humanity in Christ. Open up your hands to the Lord as a sign of submission as you declare, “In Christ I have peace with God. In Christ I have peace with others.”
  • Christ gave us the gift of humanity and empowers us to give it to others so that we can walk in His peace. Pray for those in your life that you need to extend peace to.
  • Make space in your life to invite others to share their part in God’s bigger plan with you.

The Gifts We Give //
Part One – The Gift of Silence

This week adult pastor Vincent Carpenter kicked off our Christmas series, The Gifts We Give. Throughout the Christmas season, we will be unpacking various gifts that lead us to celebrating the ultimate gift of Jesus. The season is more than the material gifts we give one another. This week we took a look at Zechariah and the unexpected gift he was given.

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.