Baptism & Filling of the Holy Spirit
Commit to the Journey
Our hearts must be open to receive and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Apart from salvation itself, the baptism and filling of the Holy Spirit is the most important experience in the life of a believer. Apart from the Holy Spirit, we cannot be effective in sharing the gospel with the world, bring life, liberty, and healing He brings.
Fortunately, we have a good Father who generously gives the Holy Spirit to all who ask!
Until Everyone Knows Jesus
Growth and maturity should be a normal and natural part of our physical and spiritual lives. Then, how do we grow as believers? We grow in the understanding of the call God has for our lives and obedience to his will.
The truest measure of Christian maturity is how long it takes one to obey God's lead.
"Spiritual maturity is not reached by the passing of years, by obedience to the will of God. Some people mature into an understanding of God's will more quickly than others because they obey more readily." -Oswald Chambers
One Another - Don't Be Mean
Everybody has a vision for their life, whether they've been purposeful in defining it or not. We're all living for something we've intentionally decided for ourselves or something others have decided for us. Truly living a life of purpose requires us to hear from the Lord for understand of what specific vision He has for our lives. It's our responsibility to commit to living it and trusting Him.
One Another - Sharing Burdens
"Too often we hold the world to the standards Jesus has outlined for the church."
This past Sunday Bryan brought out summer long "One Another" series to a close in his message, "Don't Be Mean." He showed us how this simple, yet profound command keeps us free to grown in relationship with one another unencumbered by the passing of judgement.
When we judge others, we have no room to love them. Don't be mean, as it's the goodness of God that draws men to repentance.
One Another - Serve
"Share each other's burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2
Living in God's family means no one is isolated. No one walks alone because we're all walking the same road, in the same direction. When one person is affected, all are affected, whether good or bad.
Being lonely makes us most vulnerable to deception and attack from the enemy. As we face struggle and hardship in life, Jesus draws us deeper into a family of believers who all together walk along side one another. No one is an island as we all share in both struggles and triumph.
One Another - Holy Kiss
"The creator of all things came to earth not to be served, but to serve and save you and me." This past week David unpacked how Jesus gave us the perfect example of how we are to serve one another in love in order to put our faith on display for the world to see!
One Another - Encourage
This week in our "One Another" series, Kathy unpacked the cultural relevance of Paul's encouragement to greet one another with a "holy kiss"
One Another - Love One Another
God designed us for community. When we can see one another the way Jesus sees us, we’re able to call out the gifts and talents He has placed in us, spurring one another on to love and good deeds. In doing so, we can fully bring out the best in one another and walk in all the Lord has for us in our lives.
Twenty-three of the fifty-nine "one another" commands found in scripture are about loving one another. This past week two of our elders, Matt and Ashley Myers, unpacked some practical examples of how we are to love another and why doing it allows us to experience God in deeper, more powerful ways.