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August 2015

God’s Wisdom for Relationships

We have explored themes from the Book of Proverbs throughout the summer. This Sunday we will walk through Proverbs 25 to receive God’s wisdom about relationships: relating to authority, relating to our neighbors, having boundaries & balance, and handling conflict.




Conquering Challenges

During “Everest” VBS this week, children and volunteers have been learning about conquering challenges with God’s mighty power, through the experiences of people in the Bible. Sometimes our own challenges feel like Mt. Everest in front of us! Medical illness. Loneliness. Depression. Job stress. Feelings of failure. Sinful temptations. We’ll explore how God ministered to Elijah when he felt overwhelmed and gave up on life.




God’s Wisdom about Youngin’s

When we look at the Proverbs, we find wisdom on innumerable topics – but to what end? Interestingly, one of the big reasons for Proverbs’ existence is providing guidance to younger generations. How are we called, as the church, to invest in young people? What unique challenges do children and youth face, and what does God envision for our faithful response?




July 2015

God’s Wisdom about Justice

Our world is filled with injustice that breaks our hearts like chronic poverty, human trafficking, racial discrimination, religious violence, environmental pollution, and more. What does God have to say about injustice? Imagine if God’s people around the world took action and generously sacrificed resources to advance God’s justice! We’ll explore God’s heart for the poor and God’s wisdom to make a difference. Proverbs 29:1-7




Decisions

For thousands of years people have received wisdom from Proverbs to form more godly character and guide their lives. This summer we will explore practical themes from Proverbs to seek God’s wisdom about discerning God’s will, making wise decisions, managing finances, protecting against temptation, repairing broken relationships, addressing anger, developing discipline, advancing social justice, etc. Come grow spiritually through the ancient wisdom of Proverbs that has stood the test of time.




God’s Wisdom for Families

This Sunday is our 29th wedding anniversary. Carolyn and I share Christian faith at the center of our relationship, but differences in just about everything else like family of origin, personality traits, communication styles, decision-making processes, etc. So we’ve worked diligently to grow in our marriage and establish our family. This Sunday we’ll explore God’s wisdom in Proverbs about families that also applies to every relationship in our lives.




God’s Wisdom for Anger

Uncontrolled anger can tragically damage people, destroy relationships, and define our character. We’ll explore the wisdom of Proverbs to discern why we get angry and how we can resolve anger issues in our lives. We can prepare for the message by reading Proverbs 12:18, 14:17, 15:1, 24:29, 29:22, 30:33.




June 2015

Proverbs

For thousands of years people have received wisdom from Proverbs to form more godly character and guide their lives. This summer we will explore practical themes from Proverbs to seek God’s wisdom about discerning God’s will, making wise decisions, managing finances, protecting against temptation, repairing broken relationships, addressing anger, developing discipline, advancing social justice, etc. Come grow spiritually through the ancient wisdom of Proverbs that has stood the test of time.




Dream Team

Paul’s deepest hope for the church was that it would reflect Christ, that it would be unified in the Spirit, that it would bring glory to God. Here in four simple verses we get a glimpse of Paul’s heart of community, of unity, and humility that he supports with the example of Christ’s life which we examined last week. How do we, as one body in fellowship, seek to humble ourselves and shine the light of Christ’s love to the watching world?




The Empty God

How do we view power? Influence? Status? These things that are so often sought after in our world are completely recast in the light of what Christ has done for us. This week we will examine a beloved passage from Paul’s letter to the Philippians where he outlines the extraordinary lengths that Christ went to rescue us from our plight of sinful separation from God.






     

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