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18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.
A note from COO, Kirk Leff
As believers, many of us can think back to moments in our lives where our faith carried us through. For almost all of us...believers and those who are not yet...we have been experiencing varying degrees of uncertainty through this pandemic and can, at times, be overwhelmed by a sense of helplessness in our ability to control what is happening to us and around us.
I am someone who regularly thinks I have total trust in God. Someone who, along with my wife, Ruth, has stepped out in faith time and time again as together, we focused and refocused on God’s call on our lives. Yet somehow, the level of faith exhibited in our journey thus far seems vastly different than what we are facing in this current climate. I simply can’t think of a time in my life where we have been required to walk in faith more than we are right now. And I wonder if that is the case for you, too.
My encouragement to you, as we continue in our series “FOLLOWING JESUS TOGETHER” is to..every day...continue to trust Him, seek Him, and be reminded that He is in control. Lay your fears, your doubts, your hopelessness, your control, and your efforts at His feet. Call to mind those people God has gifted you to love and cherish, as well as those in your neighborhood, those at work, those in line at the store, those you see out for a walk...perhaps strangers to you—they are all God’s children, precious in His sight and protected beneath His wings, whether they know it or not. This week, as you walk in faith yourself, ask God to be with each of them, to make His presence known to them...maybe even for the first time...and for each one to feel the light of His love upon them. I’m confident you will feel your own faith grow as you deliberately ask His blessings to fall upon each person you encounter and commission into His care.
As you prepare your heart for the worship service, take a moment to pray this with me:
“Father, we lift up the needs of others along with our own needs and we ask for Your blessing and provision. We do not know what is in store for us, nor do we have any control over it. Thankfully, through our faith and trust, we have confidence that You are in control and that Your plan is perfect. Be with us, comfort us, guide us, and bring us peace. Amen.”
Join with us as we PRAY > CONNECT > SERVE > GIVE making this your anthem as together we are Engaging people to be Fully Alive in Jesus.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for...
...and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1 NIV)
Friday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Get tickets to join Natalie Grant & Danny Gokey for their live, in-person Celebrate Christmas tour!
Thursday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Get tickets to join Steven Curtis Chapman for his live, in-person Acoustic Christmas tour!
Bring your gifts for Christmas House to the display in the foyer! It’s not too late to buy a gift.
This #GivingTuesday we are excited to raise money for our anti-human trafficking ministry, 121Hope.
Join us in a call to prayer for the next thirty days. What an unprecedented season as we enter into these last days and weeks of 2020. Would you join together in praying during these days?
Don’t forget to reserve your seats for service and spots for your kids in children's and student ministries after this Tuesday at 8 a.m.
Join us as we come together as a church to pray for our lead Pastor as God prepares him for us and us for him.
These questions invite you to dive a little deeper into this week's message, "
I Will Make You
Our series study is around Matthew 4:18-20 when Jesus says, (v19-20) “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.
1. Where did they go? Why did they not just stay where they were?
2. How would you have felt in that moment?
(v10) so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. (Colossians 1:9-14)
3. What does a walk that is worthy, fully pleasing to God, look like in 2020?
In order to abide in Jesus we have to trust in His works and his words.
3. How do we trust in his words?
4. How do we trust in his works?
Gal 5:16 tells us we are to "walk by the spirit".
5. What does walking in the spirit mean?
6. What are some practical ways we are guided by the holy spirit everyday?
As Jesus was to the young disciples, Paul was to the young group of believers in Colosse.
7. Who are you investing in today that will benefit from your knowledge, your understanding and your experience of Walking as a disciple?