Pastor Michael Riley preaches this week on how being a follower of Christ can often get messy, because were are called into a world of broken people and we ourselves are in the process of being redeemed. Despite this, God still uses us and our messy lives to share His love and Gospel.
We return to our series on the book of Acts, focusing this sermon on Paul and his response to the cultural and physical persecution he faced when on his first missionary journey. Amidst harassment, threats and even stoning, he was able to maintain a clear mind and heart, holding true to the vision and calling of sharing the Gospel without allowing his focus to be diverted to the hurts and opposition from those who were against him every step of the way.
This Sunday we celebrated the transition of senior pastorate from Michael Riley to his son Jon. Guest preacher Mark Buckley spoke on the relationship between a leader's gifts, callings, and what role God places them in.
So often in life we find ourselves caught in the space between asking "God, why?" and "God, please", present with the grief of what we see in the world around us and longing for something better. In this week's sermon, Jon Riley speaks on how this heart-ache for something better is the longing for heaven that God has placed in our hearts from the beginning, where there are no more tears, suffering a distant memory.