It is important for us never to lose our sense of holy anticipation! We should live in constant expectation that God is going to do something special. God moments are waiting for us, but if we’re not looking for them, we’re going to miss them!
Jesus had been indescribably devoted to this flawed band of followers, and because of this, they were still together, leaning on each other, caring for each other, and waiting to see what God would do next. Despite the fear, the chaos, and the uncertainty, this was a beautiful picture. Jesus had chosen the right people — no matter how inadequate they may seem to us. This group had learned many things from Jesus, but they had especially learned the value of being together and being devoted to one another.
Abiding in God’s love means that He will work in us to strengthen our faith toward Him and He will work through us to show fervent love toward our brothers and sisters. When we love each other, we will experience the joy of God. When we love one another, we also allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in us and grow in us.
Our God is a sending God, as shown when Jesus gives the great commission. When we send, we are reflecting the heart of the Father. When we obey by going, we reflect the obedience of the Son. However, not everyone is called to go to a foreign country, plant a church, or share the gospel with random strangers. We are all in the world and are called to reflect God’s glory by completing the work God has given us to do as an act of worship.
Psalm 23 is extremely significant because it was written by a king. - King David was only another sheep in God’s fold. No matter who we are, we’re all profiled in the same way; we are sheep and God is the Shepherd. David was just another imperfect human being who had to learn to rely upon God. Just like every other person, he struggled with sin, insecurity, weakness, discouragement, and failure. He became tired, fearful, and empty. And, some of his greatest failures happened when he was over-confident, and self reliant.
It’s generally the rebellious, over-confident, careless lamb that leaves the fold and gets devoured by the wolf or caught in the thicket.
Rev. Santes Beatty, the Director of Multiethnic Ministries for the Wesleyan Church, joined us to speak about God being a God for all nations. He speaks to the challenges the Church faces as we try to become a body representing the nations. For this community, racial reconciliation is not just a leadership issue, a social issue or even a diversity issue, it is an issue of discipleship.
We all have stories to tell: stories that have deeply impacted our lives - whether we know it or not. In this way every human on the planet is alike. Life is full of the good, the bad, and the ugly, and those stories make us who we are.
Our experiences will make us stronger and better or weaker and bitter. It depends on how we allow them to impact our hearts.
Trey Freeman shares his amazing testimony with us this week, sharing how God rescued him from a life of sin and transformed his life.
Trey walks through Ephesians 2, sharing how God uses conversion and the way it should transform the life of the believer.