Month: April 2018

April 29, 2018: Jude 17-23 “Prepare for a Long Journey”

Big Idea:  How can we be faithful for the long haul?


April 22, 2018: Jude 5-16 “Detect Dangerous Influences”

Big Idea: Jesus reserved his harshest comments for those who claimed to believe, but really did not.


Kids SS – Jesus Walked On Water

BIBLE PASSAGE: Matthew 14:22-33
MAIN POINT: Jesus walked on the sea.
KEY PASSAGE: John 20:31
BIG PICTURE QUESTION: Why did Jesus perform miracles? Jesus performed
miracles to glorify God and prove He is God the Son.

Jesus had just fed more than 5,000 people on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. After sending away the people and directing His disciples to go back across the sea, Jesus went to a mountain to pray. It was late, and He sought to be alone with His Father. Jesus was preparing to fulfill His Father’s plan. Before long, He would die on the cross and rescue people from their sin.

While Jesus prayed, the disciples struggled to cross the sea. A storm came and tossed their boat up and down. They didn’t make any progress against the waves. Then, in the early morning hours, they saw a figure walking toward them on the water. They thought it was a ghost, but it was Jesus!

Peter asked Jesus for permission to come out on the water, and Jesus called to him. Peter walked on the water too—until he remembered the storm. Peter took his eyes off of Jesus, and he began to sink. Peter cried out to Jesus, “Save me!”

Jesus took Peter by the hand and got in the boat. The wind and waves calmed. Though Peter had doubted, the disciples worshiped Jesus. Clearly He was no ordinary man; this was the Son of God—the promised Messiah!

Jesus proved that He can be trusted. His miracles, teaching, death, and resurrection showed that He is who He says He is. Only Jesus can save us when we look to Him in faith. As you talk with your kids, encourage them to look to Jesus in faith every day. We can seek Him for our salvation and for help as we live in this world. Even in the midst of fear and doubt, we can hold out our empty hands and cry, “Lord, save me!” He will answer, and we can respond in worship of our Lord and Savior.


April 15, 2018: Jude 1-4 “Contend for the Faith”

Big Idea:  What are you willing to fight about?  The primary fight is the fight for the Gospel.


Pastor Post: 4 Reminders

1. Remember we are showing the move Wonder Friday night (as in tomorrow April 13) as a way to bless our friends and neighbors. There will be fresh popcorn, beverages, and a quality movie. Show up right at 6:30PM so everyone can get snacks and be ready for the movie by 6:45PM. I will introduce people to our church and our Christ for a few minutes before the show. Also, in light of the movie’s content about a person with disabilities, and the nature of Christ’s love for all people, we’re taking donations for Discovery Living (a local non-profit that cares for people with disabilities). 100% of all gifts will go directly to Discovery Living.

 

2. The adult Sunday School class will be starting our new curriculum Life Explored this Sunday at 11AM. If you haven’t seen the trailer, you can see it on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIoZDiIpbpU If you took a participant book, remember to bring it along with you this Sunday. This is a perfect class to invite religious seekers and friends to attend.

 

3. And finally, please consider investing $39 and a day of your time into The Gospel Coalition’s conference right here in Cedar Rapids on Saturday April 28th. I’m already signed up and very excited to attend. You can register here: https://goo.gl/R4UofH

 

4. Last week we sent out a mailer with 2 letters about my sabbatical as well as some information on a month long fundraising campaign called “UpDo 2018.” Click here to see the April 2018 Mailer.

 

Much love to you and yours,

Pastor Matt