In this sermon, Mark Heger walks us through the story of Jesus interacting with the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4, while explaining the geography and historical elements that make this gospel story come alive. Also, we find that Jesus is Purposeful and Relational with the woman before He tells her that He is Superior and finally reveals Himself.
This Sunday we had our annual Adoption Sunday at Normandy. John reminded us that our primary job is to worship Christ and allow Him to direct our action. And our Christ has given us a commandment - love others like He has loved us. And His love is both an adoptive love and an advocating love (Ephesians 1:3-10; John 13:34; 1 John 3:1; 1 John 4:7-11; 1 John 2:1).
We hear from Justus Murimi today we continue in our series, Action. God promises us joy to the full when we obey his commandments. Scripture tells us that the cross was the joy set before Jesus. Justus shares how Jesus endured the cross to encounter joy and wants to give his joy away fully. (John 15:10-11; Ephesians 3:14-20; Psalm 51)
This week Pastor John continued talking about our heartbeat and our "mantle". Part of the mantle, or calling God has given our church is to walk in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Gifts are trinitarian in nature, are given to help the church advance its mission, are a manifestation of His very presence, and build up, encourage and comfort the body of Christ (1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 13:10; 12:4-7; 11; 14:1-3; 14:12).
This past Sunday, Pastor John (with a little help from Kasey, Jackson, Haley and Joshua) continued discussing how God designed us and gave us relational needs, and how to better live out the Great Commandment. As we learn to value how God designed us to walk in relationship with Him and one another, we can have our needs met, live as more emotionally and spiritually whole individuals, and bring others into a more tangible experience of what God is like (Colossians 1:15-16; Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:18; John 17:20-23; Matthew 22:34-40).
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This week Pastor John preached on the 1st of three sermons that will describe the heartbeat of Normandy and our philosophy of ministry. God created us with spiritual, physical and emotional needs which he meets through family, the church and marriage. We start to see brokeness in relationships when we place all of our expectation on to people and without first asking God to supply all of our needs (Genesis 2:18; Matthew 22:36-40; Galatians 5:22-23; John 17:20-23; Philippians 4:19; Psalm 62:5).
This week we hear from Jerry Williams again on the Presence of God. He shares with us that the distinguishing mark of God's people has always been God's presence among them. At the moment of Jesus' death, the veil separating God's dwelling place in the Temple from the people of God was torn in two. Jesus' death and victorious life made a way for us to enter into and be filled with His presence. There is now nothing that can separate us from Him. (Exodus 33:12-23; Acts 15:6-18; 2 Corinthians 3:12-18)
We're grateful this week to hear a powerful message from Zach Garza, member of Normandy Community Church and founder of Forerunner Mentoring here in Lake Highlands. Who has impacted your life the most? Who has influenced you for the good? What did they do? Zach's message has one main theme: Every good relationship is built by intentional quality time. He hits on three main relationships that we all share in common: Relationship with God, self and others. (Galatians 5:19-25; Romans 7:18-19; 1 Timothy 4:7-8; Colossians 3:12-14; Matt. 28:20-22; Mark 2:16-17)
This week we continue our series on Action - that God has called us to do something, to take aim at a goal. We believe He is calling us into His presence and people's lives. This Sunday Pastor John focused on entering into people's lives through passages from the beloved disciple (1 John 1:1-7; John 17:20-24).
This week Pastor John gave us an update on the building process and also interviewed Dane & Christy Thomson about what God is doing in our youth. Leading into our final series of the year, Action, John talks about what God is calling our church towards - seeking His presence and pursuing people (Romans 5:6-8; John 3:8; John 1:29-32).