Feb 16, 2014
Rebuilding our Witness
Series: Rebuilding
Do you need to rebuild something in your life? Your faith in Christ? Your priorities in busy life? Your moral choices? Your witness to others? The Hebrew people came home from exile and began pursuing their dreams, constructing homes, building businesses, and educating their children, all the while forgetting about God with the Temple in ruins. God graciously raised up a prophet named Haggai to call them back to God. One of the leaders was Zerubbabel. But he was haunted by his past and discouraged about the work rebuilding the Temple. So God spoke through Haggai to remind his people that grace leaves our past behind and God will use our changed lives as a witness in the world.
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  • Feb 16, 2014Rebuilding our Witness
    Feb 16, 2014
    Rebuilding our Witness
    Series: Rebuilding
    Do you need to rebuild something in your life? Your faith in Christ? Your priorities in busy life? Your moral choices? Your witness to others? The Hebrew people came home from exile and began pursuing their dreams, constructing homes, building businesses, and educating their children, all the while forgetting about God with the Temple in ruins. God graciously raised up a prophet named Haggai to call them back to God. One of the leaders was Zerubbabel. But he was haunted by his past and discouraged about the work rebuilding the Temple. So God spoke through Haggai to remind his people that grace leaves our past behind and God will use our changed lives as a witness in the world.
  • Feb 9, 2014Rebuilding the Future
    Feb 9, 2014
    Rebuilding the Future
    Series: Rebuilding
    When we choose to obey God, or serve the Lord, or rebuild an area of our life, we don't always see the results we hope for. Sometimes we can wonder if following Christ is worth it. In the book of Haggai, God's people began rebuilding the Temple and restoring God into the center of their lives, but along the way they became discouraged when they saw how humble the Temple they were building was compared to the glory of the previous Temple. But in Haggai 2:1-9 God reminds them to remain faithful and promises to bless their work into the future beyond what they could have imagined. The people didn't fully understand in their time, but their faithfulness would rebuild Israel as God's people and prepare for Messiah to bless the world! So come ready to be encouraged by God's faithfulness to minister through our feeble efforts and challenged to remain faithful whether or not we see the results we hope for right now.
  • Feb 2, 2014Rebuilding our Faith
    Feb 2, 2014
    Rebuilding our Faith
    Series: Rebuilding
    Obeying God can be challenging in the midst of busy schedules that can distract us, temptations that can lure us, painful events that can raise doubts, and more. God's covenant people were straying away when the Lord raised up the Prophet Haggai to challenge them to consider their ways and choose to honor the Lord. In response: “the people obeyed the voice of the LORD their God!” (Haggai 1:12). Once the people decided to obey, God promised to forgive them and guide them in rebuilding: “I am with you!” declares the LORD.” (Haggai 1:13). We'll be challenged to consider our ways and make choices to obey the Lord, remembering God's promise to empower us in rebuilding our faith. Don't wait to obey the Lord!
  • Jan 26, 2014Rebuilding Priorities
    Jan 26, 2014
    Rebuilding Priorities
    Series: Rebuilding
    Do you need to rebuild something in your life? Your faith in Christ? Your priorities in busy life? Your moral choices? Your integrity at work or school? The Hebrew people came home from in exile in 445 BC, built the walls around Jerusalem, and settled into their new lives. But life got busy pursuing their dreams, constructing lavish homes, building successful businesses, and education their children, all the while forgetting about God. Ninety years later, in 535 BC, the Temple was still in ruins and the people had drifted from God with tragic consequences. So God raised up a prophet named Haggai to challenge their misplaced priorities and call them back to God. The people responded by rebuilding their faith and hope for the future. Come and learn from Haggai's four short sermons that speak profoundly to our struggles to keep Christ at the center of our lives.