This week we joined with churches all over the world to support Orphan Sunday, a day set aside to address the global plight of the orphan and God's heart for the church to be the answer to their need. John Bower taught on the Father's heart for people, His eternal plan for our adoption as believers in Jesus Christ, and His desire for the church to co-labor with Him to demonstrate His love and nature through adoption. The scriptures used in this message are James 1:27, John 14:18, and Ephesians 1:3-6. You can also watch the last video from the message here.
Preston Todd teaches that the greatest purpose of a Community Group is to bring glory to God. Today we focused on three passages that all have a similar message that points to the overarching theme of the Bible: That God's glory is inevitable and that when we see God's glory in the earth, we are most satisfied in Him and full of joy. This message is interactive, so if you want to follow along, open your Bibles to Ephesians 3:14-15, Philippians 2:8-11, and Isaiah 12. You can download the DBS sheet for this message here.
Joshua Sorrows concludes a two-part teaching on the role of Elders, culminating with the installation of John Kaserman as the fourth Elder at Normandy. Joshua emphasizes that kingdom leadership is all about serving. He explains from the life and ministry of Moses in Numbers 11 that the means of God caring for His people is through appointing and establishing elders. Joshua then uses the ministry of Jesus and passages such as Acts 14:21-23 to show the continuation of God's plan of shepherding and caring for His people through eldership in the New Testament church.
Pastor John Bower teaches on the first of two messages on Biblical Eldership. John reviews the qualifications of an Elder and emphasizes one of the primary duties of an Elder, shepherding. Shepherds protect, nurture, and lead the flock. God is His goodness has appointed Elders to demonstrate His love for us and reflect His desire to see His people cared for.
Preston Todd teaches on Discovery Bible Studies. He talks about what they are, how to use them, and why we have begun going through these in our Groups. Discovery Bible Studies are an easy way for anyone to discover who God is and what He wants to do in our lives by asking a few simple questions. You can download the DBS sheet on John 15:7-11 here to follow along. If you would like more information on DBS, click here to read through our group guide.
Today we hear from Jason Alley on the subject of worldview. Jesus taught His disciples to pray to the Father and ask that His Kingdom would come and that His will would be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Jesus taught and demonstrated what this looked like and then told His disciples to go and do likewise. One of the things that can hinder us from seeing the power of the Kingdom of God coming to earth today is our worldview. Jason teaches us how our worldview affects us and points us to several examples from the life of Jesus when he challenges the worldview of His day.
One of the most supernatural and visually descriptive passages about Christ is the Transfiguration, found in Mark 9:1-8. This event further reveals to us the majesty and glory of Jesus. This passage is also the fulfillment of prophecy found in Daniel 7. When we see Christ, our ultimate purpose is revealed to us and we can take hope in the fact that He has dominion over everything and His kingdom will never end.
Easter marks the resurrection of Jesus and His triumphant victory over sin and death on behalf of undeserving people. Pastor John takes us to Mark 15:33-39 and Joshua 1 to emphasize that Jesus' rejection on the cross took place so that we could not only be adopted into the Father's family, but that we could know that God will never leave nor forsake us. The beauty of adoption is that we now have full rights as sons and daughters of the King. We have been made heirs to the throne, co-heirs with Christ! John's exhortation is to live in that reality through experientially knowing the relentless love of our always-adopting Father.
This week on Palm Sunday, John read from Luke 19:28-41 and Psalm 103 to draw our attention to Christ's compassion for Jerusalem and how that reflects His Father's compassion for the world. John reminds us that God's desire is that we would not merely know about His love, but experiencially feel His love. From this place we experience healing and in turn are full of His love for the world.
This week we hear from John Kaserman as he gives us an account of his family's time in Mongolia for the previous 9 months. John shares about his own journey from being a Christian with a knowledge about God to being a Christian absolutely in love with God. He builds his sermon off of Romans 8:32, "He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?" He concludes by reminding us that "God is most glorified in us when we respond to the next thing He leads us to do with obedience and joy."