Last Sunday, Pastor Travis continued our series on prayer by introducing the prayer that Jesus prayed with his disciples. We focused on Jesus' opening words in his prayer: "Our Father in Heaven." By praying to the Father in this way, Jesus not only invited all of those around him to come into the presence of God, he also made the Almighty God of the Universe accessible, relational, intimate... family. Jesus' prayer revolutionized not only how we prayer but how we view and relate to God himself.
Last week, Pastor Travis shared with us that the story of Ruth is the Story of God and highlights the generous, giving, mission-driven heart of God the Father for his people. He reminded us that our hope is founded in the truth that God loves us, is with us, and is for us - and that because of that hope, our lives are changed from "suffering" to "blessing."
As we continue the story of Ruth, we begin to see a change in the narrative: Naomi is beginning to move past her bitterness and anger at God and Ruth is being blessed by Boaz beyond hope and expectation. In this message, Pastor Travis reminds us that the story of Ruth is the story of God: that we are "blessed to be a blessing" because our heavenly Father is a God who blesses. Travis reminds us that God loves us and has chosen us to be his family, and because God gave the ultimate blessing of his Son and Spirit, we are motivated to "faithful work, loving deeds, and hope that endures."
Last Sunday, Pastor Travis continued our teaching series, "Hope." Using the life story Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz, Travis defined three strategies that the Scriptures show us for dealing with uncertainty in those times when we are desperately waiting for God to show himself and work on our behalf. Travis reminded us that "our obstacle is God's opportunity" and encouraged us to trust that God's grace is greater than our distress. Finally, he challenged us to let hope change our perspective of how God is continually at work in our lives.
Last Sunday, Pastor Travis introduced our new teaching series, "Hope." Using the life story of Elimelech, Naomi, Orpah and Ruth, Travis taught on what it means to hold on to hope while living in the reality of hardship, pain, and distress. Suffering can be emotional, physical, mental, or spiritual and it often leads us to breaking points in our lives; sometimes, it breaks us completely. Travis then turned to the Scriptures to outline four responses to suffering and reminded us that hope is not about achieving our escape from suffering; hope is trusting and accepting that God loves us, is with us, and is for us. Because we know how much God loves us, even in our hard times, hope endures.
Last Sunday Pastor Travis Jarrett continued our teaching series "7 Miracles" with a look at Jesus' second miracle found in the Gospel of John. In this message, Travis outlines two categories of belief systems that most people fall into when it comes to their faith in God - conditional, sign-based faith and grace-driven faith. Using the life of the official as a mirror to reflect our own lives and situations, Travis shows us how Jesus challenged the man's conditional faith system while extending an invitation of grace - and through grace, performed asupernatural miracle that led to the official's entire family believing in Jesus.
Last Sunday Pastor Travis taught from the third chapter of 1 John and identified five key words for living fully in the love of God: FORGIVEN, DISCERNING, INTENTIONAL, CONFIDENT, and OBEDIENT. He reminded us that these five words are neither begun nor achieved by our own doing; instead, they are the result of the Father's incredible love for us and are enabled by the Holy Spirit. Travis challenged us to focus on one keyword this week as we seek to experience and share the love of Christ - as we step out in faith, God promises to meet us there.
Last Sunday, Pastor Travis continued our teaching series from 1 John and asked the question, "What dreams have we had that at some point we gave up on?" He then taught from our 1 John passage about dealing with challenges, obstacles and battles that confront the God-dreams we have in our hearts and offered three helpful next steps from the Scriptures to recapturing and reigniting our dreams and living fully in love with Jesus.