This week our friend Peter Louis came in to kick off our teaching on joy and gratitude. The fruit of joy is our strength, evidence of His kingdom among us and is not based off our circumstances (Galatians 5:22-24; John 15:1-11; John 6:56-57).
This week we finished out discussing Hearing God and ended with a "presbytery." Our elders and their wives gave prophetic words to our body for upbuilding, encouragement and consolation (1 Corinthians 12:7-11; 1 Corinthians 14:3; 1 Timothy 4:14).
In this sermon, Mark Heger continues the topic of hearing from The Lord, and specifically talking about hearing our Identity from the Lord. Because when we hear The Lord speak Identity over us, it empowers us to walk in that Identity, which gives us purpose and direction for the mission that God has called us to. Mark walks us through three different Identities Jesus spoke to Peter and how it allowed Peter to respond to each of those Identities.
This week we continued thinking through hearing God. Our world is mired with many competing voices, wrought with accusations, condemnation, and lies. It is necessary to become competent and confident in recognizing God's voice above the others. Thankfully we have scriptures to guide us into hearing His voice (John 8:44; John 10:10-15; Revelation 12:10; John 8:12; John 15:7-15).
This week we started our next value, hearing God. We believe that God speaks today and hearing God has its foundation in friendship with Him. As we walk with Him we must learn to discern between the Father of lights and the father of lies (Psalm 23; Exodus 29:43-46; Exodus 33:11; John 15:14-15; 1 John 4:7-12).
We closed out our discussion of the Word this week with some help from Eric Zito and Kasey Bower. Eric answered the question "can we and should we trust the scriptures" and Kasey's testimony was a personal account of how she persevered with the Word (2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Romans 4:17-22; Ephesians 3:14-21).
This week Justus Murimi taught us about obedience to the Word. (John 14:21-24; Deut. 6:4-5; Isaiah 9:6-8)
This week we kept on the discussion of our values. We examined the authority of scripture and how it makes sense in our world. We must wrestle, encounter and submit to the the authority of the triune God in order to walk in all God has called us to as individuals and as a church family (Matthew 8:5-13).
This week we jumped into our first message on one of our primary values - the Word. The Word of God is more than a set of rules, it is the living and active word that produces life, lights the darkness, and turns the orphan into a son or daughter (John 1:1-18).
This week we began to explore our church's updated and clarified values. It the midst of a noisy, complicated world, values help us be clear about who we are and what we value (Proverbs 3:11-12; John 4:24; Hebrews 12:8-29; 1 John 1:5; 1 John 4:7-11).