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.
Jon Riley preaches from Numbers, looking at the account of Joshua and Caleb. He talks about our identity as royalty being sons and daughters of the King of Kings, and how it is the glory of kings (us) to seek out the things of God. It is in seeking God diligently, passionately, that we fulfill our identity as royalty.
Pastor Jon Riley, fresh off the plane back from Uganda, preaches on pursuing God's presence through creating an atmosphere that invites the Holy Spirit. This idea is at the core of our church's mission statement, to provide a loving atmosphere where people and cities are transformed by the presence of God.
This week, pastor Michael Riley continues our series in Acts. Preaching from chapter 13, when Paul speaks to Jews in Pisidian Antioch about the history of Israel's relationship to God. Pastor Riley goes on to challenge us on ours; do we have a heart after God's? Are we willing to do whatever God wants us to do?