Perhaps, the greatest struggle when it comes to prayer is the persistence that is required. It is the situation we pray for over and over again only for it not to change. It is the person we pray for time and time again only to experience the same painful results. In Matthew 15: 21-28, we encounter a woman that teaches us how to pray persistently. Persistent prayer 1) waits on Jesus 2) presumes the silence of Jesus 3) prioritizes the mission of Jesus. Ultimately, persistent prayer is about what it produces, a great faith. This great faith has the power to move the mountains and to face them when they are not moved.
The posture of prayer places us in a position to not only enter into the kingdom of heaven but for the kingdom of heaven to lives in us. The posture of prayer is the reason why we pray. We pray so that heaven and heart meet together as one. The more we access the kingdom of heaven through prayer the more we begin to think, act, and live as heaven. This all begins with a simple prayer: “Lord, have mercy on me a sinner.”
The pattern of prayer exists between two realities: the world that we see and the world we cannot see. Throughout Matthew 6, Jesus reveals an important truth that the God sees the unseen. It is what is done in the unseen that God uses to change the seen. This is evidenced in the words Jesus taught us to pray, the Lord’s Prayer.
The number one priority in a believer’s life should be that of prayer. In this new sermon series, we will look at why we pray and then how to pray. We pray is because prayer is powerful. In this sermon we discuss both the disclaimers of prayer as well as what prayer is according to James 5: 13-20. We challenge every believer to find something to pray for, someone to pray with, and someone to pray for.
What does Orange have to do with Church? Well, a lot actually. We are introducing a new curriculum for our children and youth ministries called: Orange. Orange is nothing more than a symbol. All throughout Scripture, God loves symbols. It is never the symbol that is powerful. It is what the symbol represents that matters most. Orange is a symbol that represents a partnership between the light of the church (yellow) and the warmth of the home (red). When you combine church & family (yellow & red) orange is the result. In this sermon we discuss the importance of Orange for our congregation.
In this sermon we will discover how to make an impact on the world. In Deuteronomy 6: 6-9, we learn the way we make an impact on the world is by being obedient to the commands of God. It is through this obedience that the nations take notice and contemplate who God is. It is through this obedience that our family will begin to question who God is. Our obedience will give opportunity to make an impact on the world. Obedience is an outward work of an inner working. It is our tendency to try to impact the world by telling people about the outward work rather than the inner working. The greatest impact we can make is not through our outward works but through God’s inner working. This sermon will help us discover practical ways to heighten the inner workings of God.
Religion is a system of beliefs. Often, religion is formed around “rules” of how to be religious. Throughout our history, religion that is formed on how to be religious has disastrous results (i.e. the Crusades). This sermon will focus on the why of religion. From Deuteronomy 6:4 , we learn that we are religious because: We can trust God to be God because He loves us.
Every human being values something. One value we have in common is a desire for a better future. We all want a better future for ourselves and for those we love. There is nothing wrong with this desire. There is however competition for it. Often, the problems of today keep us from a better tomorrow. The most important is exchanged for what is most urgent. In Matthew 19: 16-26, we discover a young rich ruler who was faced with this exact dilemma. We are reminded once again that the only thing that will matter 100 years from now is a person’s relationship with God. This sermon will help us rediscover our greatest value in life, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ