How are we using what we’re given to make an impact on someone’s eternity? God’s generosity with us begins with Jesus, he takes our sin and gives us his life. Then, His love overflows into every aspect of our lives. Our message on Ecclesiastes 2:18-23.
In the end, the wiseman and the fool end up in the same place, so what good is there in being wise? Our message on our Quest for Wisdom and the path God has given us. Sometimes, life is going to be unbearably hard, and it may even be our fault. In Jesus, we can say to ourselves and those in despair: Life has hope & joy.
Do you remember the emergency alerts that would take over the TV when you were younger? It was on every channel. There was nothing you could do to get away from it. They were unwelcome interruptions. But we don’t like when the real warnings interrupt us either. Solomon tests all of the world’s pleasures and gives us a real warning in Ecclesiastes 2. Our message.
“What’s in it for me?” is a question we ask pretty often. As children and adults, we want to know what we get for all the hard work we do. But as we repeat the cycle of mistakes of the past, and our legacies fade, what’s left? What work of ours endures for eternity? Christ’s work guarantees our work which comes from Him is never wasted. Our message on Ecclesiastes 1:3-18.
“All is vanity,” Solomon writes in the opening salvo of Ecclesiastes. He gives a clear indictment against everything in this world. If you hold on to anything like it’s god, it will fail you, disappoint you and ultimately destroy you. As we begin our Quest for Wisdom series, we see that true wisdom cannot be found, it must be received.
Our culture wrestles with life after death, and especially with what it would mean that Jesus was killed on the cross and rose from the grave. In 1 Corinthians 15, we see that while culture may disagree, it’s true “Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” We can pray “Thy Will Be Done” to our Heavenly Father who has guaranteed our future through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Jesus prayed, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he said this, he breathed his last. Jesus gives himself into the hands of the father. He does not resist God’s will—He trusts God’s will. In everything, we pray with Jesus, thy will be done, as we commit our spirit to God. Our Good Friday message.
There’s something significant when a group of people share a meal together. On the night Jesus was betrayed, as He gave us The Lord’s Supper, Jesus tells us what True Joy looks like and how to find it. God gives you more. He gives you himself. Our Maundy Thursday message.
Palm Sunday was not a day of glory or triumph for Jesus. It was a day of lament, and a day for weeping. From the Gospel of Luke, “When he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it.” Why does he weep? He weeps for the people who have rejected God’s will. He weeps for lost people, but He considers His work on the cross to be joy because it reconciles us to him. He gathers each one of us individually, and all of us together. We have Him and we have each other.
God wants all people to be saved. But do we? Some times our answer is no. How bad does someone have to be for us to judge them to hell? Have you every yelled at someone on the TV, the internet or while playing a game? Every time we fail to see someone as God sees them, we need to confess. Ever time we confess, God forgives us and invites us to see people as he does. We pray to him that he would make our hearts like his.
These are the videos and links we watched and referenced in today's message.
T’Chris the Wiccan — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnBrFiczwzw
Serve During Holy Week — bit.ly/HolyCrossHolyWeek
Cool Video on Serving — https://vimeo.com/225915327