Rise up! (Grow up)

This Sunday Pastor John expanded where God seems to be leading our church family in 2016. God has called us to rise, to move to a higher position. Another way of understanding what it means to "rise" could simply be to grow up. One of the main ways God causes us to grow is through pain. When He allows pain, our job is to say yes, as Christ did, to the Father's will for the joy that comes after the trial (1 Corinthians 13:11; Hebrews 12:1-6; Genesis 3:8-13; 1 Peter 4:12; Mark 14:32-42).