Justus Murimi is over outreach and the youth at Normandy. Today he continues our series on Rhythm by teaching us about joy. The main message from this week's message is that obedience produces joy. Psalm 16:11 tells us that in God's presence is fullness of joy. Justus takes us into his personal time spent alone with God and how he relates to God through thankfulness (Psalm 100:1-5), worship (Psalm 105:1-4), repentance (Romans 2:4), and God's Word (John 15:7-11).
Why do you go to work? What is your purpose each week in your vocation? In our eleventh message in our 2014 series, Rhythm, John discusses God's design and desire for work. He begins in Genesis and leads us through Scripture showing us that God is ultimate and our primary source of direction, purpose, and provision. (Scriptures referenced in this message: Genesis 1:26-28, 2:15, 3:17-19; Colossians 1:17-18; Phil. 4:19; Hebrews 13; 1 Chronicles 29:11; Matthew 6:33; Jeremiah 9:23-24)
Pastor John Bower follows up on last week's teaching from Ephesians 5 on God's design for marriage with this week's message on how to practically live in God's rhythm of marriage of oneness. John opens up with Isaiah 58:11 as a picture of what God wants to do in our lives and specifically in our marriages: And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. God's desire is for our marriages to be spiritually, emotionally, and physically intimate in every facet of life. (Scriptures from this message: Isaiah 58:11, Genesis 2:7 & 18-24, Matthew 6:33, Colossians 1:17-18, 1 Peter 3:5, Proverbs 5:18-19)
There are many differing positions that shape our worldviews about marriage and the roles of men and women in society and in the home. Today John talks about God's design for marriage and His desire to see us live in a rhythm that reflects His widsom, love and glory to the world. John takes us to Ephesians 5 and reminds us that God's ways, although often contrary to the opposing worldviews around us, are not only higher than our ways, but they are better. Since God created us in is His infinite goodness, grace, and wisdom, He alone has the right to determine what is best for us, and because He is good, gracious, and wise, He can be trusted even in how we choose to relate to one another in marriage.
John takes us back to our 2014 Vision series entitled, Rhythm. Our vision for 2014 is to establish a sustainable rhythm as individuals and as a church body that allows us to live in spiritual and emotional wholeness, while faithfully and radically loving Jesus and living out His Great Commission to continually make disciples. John reminds us that this vision is accomplished in us as the result of walking with Jesus and experiencing the fruits of the Holy Spirit found in Galatians 5:22: Love, joy, peace, paitence, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Joshua Sorrows continues our series, Rhythm, and teaches on hearing from God and how to discern His voice. He takes us to Matthew 6:6 and John 10:2-5 and builds his message off of Jesus' teachings. In Matthew 6:6 Jesus said, "But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you." John 10:2-5 says, "But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” Let us learn to persevere in seeking God and find rest as we practice being in His presence.
In the last message in our series, Rhythm, Pastor John reminds us of God's universal purpose for the church and clarifies our core values, adding faithfulness to the list of values we hope to be known for. He then shares Normandy's mission and vision: Our vision is to become an ever-expanding movement of Christ loving, disciple making men and women that plants churches & transforms communities in our city and throughout the world. Therefore, in light of our long term vision, John closes with our 2014 vision: To establish a sustainable rhythm as individuals and as a church body that allows us to live in spiritual and emotional wholeness, while faithfully and radically loving Jesus and living out His Great Commission to continually make disciples.
In part 5 of our series, Rhythm, Joshua Sorrows teaches on the Sabbath. He shares his own journey of discovering the significance of the Sabbath, God's gracious gift of rest to His people. Joshua uses Genesis 2:1-3, Exodus 20:8-11, and Mark 2:27 to show us that the Sabbath was first demonstrated by God himself after creation, then later given to Israel as a means to provide rest and identity after being delivered from their Egyptian oppressors. Today, the Sabbath invites us to silence our idols and remember our deliverance from slavery. The Sabbath is intended to be a day set aside for Rest, Renewal, and Remembrance.
Joshua Sorrows continues our series entitled, Rhythm, in the fourth message about Normandy's vision for 2014. Joshua begins the sermon with a powerful illustration and discusses the effects of burnout in our culture and in his past. He describes burnout as a symptom of a lack of clarity surrounding our purpose and priorities now and in the future. Joshua reminds us that the primary call of every Christian is to live a submitted life to the will of God and gives us wisdom on how to sustain a clear vision in our lives. Joshua ends by exhorting us, like Peter stepping out of the boat, to turn our eyes upon Jesus.
Tonight in the third sermon in our series, Rhythm, Preston Todd finishes where he left off last week and ties Jesus' message in John 15 on abiding to our rhythm in life. He provides several practical steps to take to help remain in communion with Christ. The second half of the sermon is a "State of the Union" on our Community Groups. Preston uses Nehemiah 2 to illustrate that God puts a vision into the hearts of men for the good of the people and to the glory of God. Nehemiah's vision inspired the Jewish inhabitants in Jerusalem to join together declaring, "Let us rise up and build." Preston exhorts our church to continue to lay a solid foundation for the next generation to build upon.