Tomorrowland: Sermon Series Preview

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Tomorrowland: Walking in faith today while trusting in God for your tomorrow

Outside of Jesus you could make a pretty good argument that Abraham is the most important person in the Bible.

Consider these facts: 

  1. He is revered by the followers of three world religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
  2. He is the founder of the nation of Israel.
  3. His name is mentioned 308 times in the Old and New Testaments.
  4. He is the preeminent man of faith in the Bible.
  5. He is a man whose life changed the course of world history.
  6. He is the subject of one of the world’s longest songs (Father Abraham had many sons…)

Consider one further point. Abraham is the most important person in the Old Testament, while Jesus Christ is the most important person in the New Testament.  And how does the New Testament begin? Matthew 1:1: A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the Son of David, the son of Abraham.  

So why are we looking at an Old Testament man named Abraham for the next several weeks? 

Abraham is known as the man of faith in the Bible. Our mission is to be a family of faith-filled, big-thinking followers of Jesus Christ. If I want to look at someone who is known for being faith-filled, who better than Abraham?

Our faith is being tested in big ways. We are constantly bombarded with messages and people that remind us how important this world is. Many of us believe in the lies and live for our own kingdoms in this world when God is preparing a much greater place for us.  

Abraham reminds us that as important as today in this world is, it pales in comparison to tomorrow and the destination which awaits all of us who believe in Jesus. For the next several weeks, we will be in our series called Tomorrowland.”  

Abraham’s crazy, twisted, amazing story will teach us how to walk in faith today while we trust in God for our tomorrow.

Hebrews 11:10 sums up Abraham’s posture while he was alive in this world: “For he was looking forward to the city with foundations whose architect and builder is God.”  

May we all have our natural eyes open in this world but may we also have eyes of faith that continually focus on the land which God will give us tomorrow.

Here’s a brief breakdown of what we’ll be discussing over the next season at theCross:

March 4th: God Calling - Genesis 12:1-7

What do you do when God interrupts your life and gives you a new vision? This week we will discuss the first steps in following God’s will, even if it feels like it’s a million miles or a few hundred years away.  

March 11th:  What do I do? - Genesis 13

If you are following God’s will, you will ultimately be met by many difficult choices. Sometimes the answers will look obvious on the outside, but in following after God, we see that many times it’s not the obvious, easy path that God has called us to take. This week we will focus on making decisions that focus on what God wants and not what we want.

March 18th: The Danger of Going before God - Genesis 15 and 16, selected verses 

In waiting for God’s plans to come to fruition, especially in an instant gratification world, we often lose patience. Abraham has now heard again from God that he will be the father of many nations. But after waiting many years, nothing has happened.  What do you do when what you see doesn’t match with what God says? How do you wait well and avoid going before God?

March 25th: Hello and Good-Bye - Genesis 21:1-21

Finally, God’s promise of a child through Sarah has come and Isaac is born. But before Abraham can move ahead, he must deal with his past. Often times when it comes to following God’s plan, we want to hang onto what is good when God has something that is best for us. This week we will learn how to let go of what is good to receive what is best.

April 1st: Our First for God’s First - Genesis 22:1-19

God gave us His first and only Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins. It was the craziest, most irrational gift anyone could ever give! In response to what God has done for us, we want to give Him our first and our best. How do you stay God-first in a me-first world? How do you truly follow after Him when it seems crazy and irrational?

April 8th: Dead but Still Alive - Genesis 23:1-20 and Genesis 25:7-11

Abraham never got to experience the Promised Land that God told him was coming.  But that didn’t prevent him from believing it would happen. Just before he died, he made an incredible faith move. Even late in life, Abraham believed that we lose nothing of God’s promises in death, because God’s promises extend beyond the grave. Much of what goes on in this world won’t last, but our faith lives on to benefit others.

It’s going to be an awesome faith-filled sermon series. I hope you join us!

In Christ, Pastor Zach

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PEACEMAKERS: Sermon Series Preview

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Is there anything we talk more about and experience less than peace?

We live in comfortable homes filled with indoor plumbing, air conditioning, and stocked shelves, yet there is a discomfort like never before. Our cities are the most modern in the world, yet the streets are unsafe filled with prejudice and hate crimes. Our communication technology is unsurpassed, yet there has never been more misunderstanding and tension that exists amongst people groups. Despite a surging economy, depression, worry, anxiety, domestic violence, and racial tensions are at all-time highs.

If ever there was a time needed for peace it is now. 

All through the month of February we are going to see how God gives us His peace so we can be peacemakers in this world. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says this:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God."

We understand that as God’s children, we don’t just keep the peace, we make the peace! This world, our nation, our communities, our street, our homes, and even our hearts need peace like never before. It’s up to us, the children of God, who have received His peace, to give that peace to others. 

You will not want to miss this powerful, timely, relevant sermon series. Here’s a brief rundown of what to expect!

Feb 4: Making Peace with God

Before we can talk about making peace in this world we first need to be at peace with God. What we find out is that in our attempt to make peace with God, He’s already made peace with us. In this first week of PEACEMAKERS, we will discover how God made peace with us and learn how the peace of God transforms us in this world.

Feb 11: Making Peace with Conflict

I’ve heard it said that to be at peace means that there is an absence of conflict. If that’s the case, we can never be at peace for there will always be conflict. Jesus himself said, “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome the world.” The peace that God offers is a peace that rules and reigns in the storms of life.  It’s a peace that can give us calm in the chaos. When everyone else is freaking out about the circumstances around us, we are able to make peace with whatever comes our way.

Feb 18: Making Peace with Others

2017 was a brutal year in our nation that was highlighted by racial tensions, hate crimes, and terroristic attacks against others. Rather than escalating difficult situations, God has given us the tools to make peace with others, even those who are different from us. If you are worried about our nation, the racial tension that exists, and don’t know what you can do to help, this is a must week to come!

Feb 25: Making Peace with Yourself

After seeing that God has made peace with us, so many of us struggle to make peace within ourselves. What are the things that hold us back from making peace with ourselves and how do we overcome those?

This is my prayer for the month of February, found in the book of Philippians 4:7: And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

In Christ, Pastor Zach

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