We've been talking about heaven for the last two weeks - the heaven we will experience at the end of our days and the heaven of here and now, God's presence with us throughout this life. This week we tie it all together, looking at why all of this mysterious stuff about heaven matters for us today.
C.S. Lewis wrote, "If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next."
This week we turn our focus to heaven, where we find strength for our journey and the passion to point the way home for others.
Guest speaker, Pastor Mark Buckley, gives a timely message of hope for the troubling times we live in.
Imagine what your life would look like if no longer derived any value from the way you looked, what you were able to do, or even what other people thought of you. Imagine being free of the world and it's opinions - free to be selfless and authentic. Imagine feeling infinitely valued. It's not a fantasy - it's a real possibility. It's all just comes down to where your confidence is sourced from.
Last week we talked about what to do when we still see a lot of bad "fruit" mixed in with the good fruit God has brought about in our lives. This week we turn our attention to each other and ask, "How do we help another person get free and get restored when we see that they are caught in something that could be harmful to them?"
When the Apostle Paul wrote the book of Galatians, he wanted to help his readers get back to the simple Gospel - the truth that we are saved by grace, through faith in Jesus only. This week, we "pivot" away from Paul's main message to answer the question, "How should this Gospel play out in our lives?" And, perhaps more saliently, "What should we do when there's still so much sin mixed in with the good parts of our lives?"
The Gospel tells us that we're saved by grace through faith in Jesus alone. Many people wonder then, "What are all the rules in the Bible for?" There are many answers to that question, but here's one powerful way the rules still play into our lives in Christ.