Tag: Seeing Jesus

Seeing Jesus // Part Four

Today 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.

CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR TAKEAWAYS FROM TODAY’S MESSAGE:

  • When we see Jesus and know Him, we experience Him in great and magnificent ways.
  • Jesus wants to provide us with something that we could never provide for ourselves.
  • Our relationship with Jesus has to be based around His righteousness and not our own.
  • Is your relationship with Jesus self-propelled, based on our own efforts, or love-propelled, based on the righteousness of Jesus?
  • Performance leaves us with an unhealthy fear of the Lord.
  • A love-propelled life is one that is driven by the righteousness Christ provides.
  • Grace means someone has met all requirements for us.
  • Jesus suffered so we don’t have to perform for Him.
  • When Christ rose from the dead He set us free from sin, He didn’t give us freedom to sin.
  • When we live a love-propelled life our hearts are opened to receive identity from God.
  • A love-propelled life looks the same on the inside and outside.
  • Jesus wants us to see Him more clearly.
  • Christ must be in our lives in order for Him to propel our lives.

IN RESPONSE:

Today we talked about two drivers of self-righteousness – performance and licensing.

  • Performance: excessive religious efforts to please God // If you find yourself struggling with performance, ask the question, “Who are you performing for?” Then ask to be released, and ask God to help you see Him as your righteousness.
  • Licensing: using grace as an excuse to indulge // If licensing is something you are struggling with, ask God, “Who is my trust in?” Ask for forgiveness and invite God to be the One you wholly trust in.

By Vincent Carpenter – Adult Pastor

 

Seeing Jesus // Part Three

Today Drew Steadman continued our series, Seeing Jesus, by unpacking the question, “How do we find Jesus in the midst of uncertainty?” There are uncertainties all around us, and it seems easier to give into anxiety and fear. But when we fix our eyes on Jesus, we get fresh perspective and our uncertainties no longer seem daunting.

CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR TAKEAWAYS FROM TODAY’S MESSAGE:

  • Uncertainty isn’t increasing, our ability to deal with it is decreasing.
  • When we lose our stable rock and foundation, everything feels unstable.
  • We, the people of God, have to be careful to not follow the course of anxiety. Instead, we need to press back into Jesus so we can stand strong in the midst of the uncertainty.
  • There is not grace for all the things that could happen, there is only grace for what will happen.
  • Fear is a form of atheistic thinking because I am imagining a future where God is not with me.
  • If we try to put our trust in our circumstances, we are agreeing to live in anxiety.
  • God brings healing in a holistic way, and He wants to meet with you.
  • Anxiety is grieving something that hasn’t happened and may never happen.
  • Our perspective should be Jesus first, and then we interpret the world.
  • The same God who has faithfully led you is still going to be with you no matter what happens.
  • When I get my eyes off my circumstances, I have power and faith.
  • Worrying about my future does not prepare me for my future.
  • Work diligently from a place of faith, not a place of fear.
  • Faith is easy when everything is going well, but it’s hard in the gap.
  • Jesus didn’t come to establish the Kingdom of Israel, He came to establish the Kingdom of heaven on Earth.

IN RESPONSE:

  • Lift your eyes off the challenges // This week intentionally set aside the things that bring up uncertainty – it could be the headlines on social media, analyzing financial investments or something else, whatever it is try diverting your focus for a week.
  • Set your eyes on Jesus // In the midst of uncertainty, Jesus is the one thing that is certain. Press into Him by declaring who He is, and praying into the uncertainty.
  • Resources // Drew mentioned two messages that we encourage you to check out:

By Drew Steadman – Adult Pastor

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

Seeing Jesus // Part One

This morning Drew Steadman kicked off our new series, Seeing Jesus. Throughout our series, we will be taking a look at John the Baptist, who didn’t fit in with the rest of the world, but saw Jesus from the very beginning. John embraced the period of silence as he awaited Jesus’ arrival. When we embrace the silence and become desperate, we create space to allow to speak. Check out some of our takeaways from today’s message:

  • Anyone who has ever done anything great probably didn’t fit in with the world around them, but that is what changed the world around them.
  • How do we live lives that allow us to see Jesus when He steps into the room?
  • The law reveals sin, but the law cannot destroy sin.
  • When you turn down the path of sin, it only brings pain.
  • The heart of God says, “I will do anything you need to set you free.”
  • God doesn’t grade on a curve, we’re all guilty.
  • The decisions I make in the moment of silence will define my destiny more than anything else.
  • John saw Jesus because John embraced the silence.
  • Jesus came to take away the root of sin that has plagued mankind.
  • Trying to find spiritual life in some form of physical pleasure never works.
  • The conviction of God always has hope attached to it.
  • Man’s strength is not involved at all, God brings life on His own.

IN RESPONSE:

Sometime in the next 30 days, we challenge you to sit and embrace the silence. When we open ourselves up to embrace the silence, we create space to receive from God.

By Drew Steadman – Adult Pastor