Romans is all about Good News. This week we start a new study on the book of Romans. Romans is one of the most important books in the Bible, and the study of Romans has led many to really understand the core principals of the Gospel (Good News). This is a poetic introduction to Pauls letter to the church in Rome. Discussion questions are included below.
We have been asking the question: "If we really believe what we say we believe then we will..." Well, if we really believe it, then we will continue believing it throughout our lives. We wont walk away from our faith. As Paul is reaching the end of his life He affirms this. He has fought the good fight, he has finished the race, and he has kept the faith. I want to finish my life with my faith in tact too.
If we really believe what we say we believe, then we would believe Jesus when he says that a mustard seed of faith can move mountains. Jesus encounters a father with a mountain of a problem and he moves the mountain. What mountain sized problem are you facing and how can you bring it to Jesus by faith in prayer.
This years theme for our church is "We Believe". We will focus on the core beliefs of biblical Christianity. What is it we believe? We begin with the importance of faith itself. It doesn't matter what you believe if you don't actually put your faith in it. This week we look at the disciples who Jesus said over and over again "O Ye of little faith". Jesus reminds them (and us) faith matters.
Christmas is all about Love. That feeling of love that we seem to share with everyone at Christmas time. Pastor Steven Rossi talks us through what it looks like to live out that Love through the parable of the Good Samaritan. How do we love people that are very different from us?
Anxiety seems like the new cancer. It seems to be everywhere and effecting everyone. Especially during the holidays. The most highlighted verse in the Bible is Philippians 4:6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything...". How do we find this peace that only God can offer? How do we spread that peace that God plants in our hearts?
Does it feel like the Holidays to you yet? As we enter this season that is supposed to be marked with Hope, Peace, Love, and Joy, it feels like Hope has been in short supply this year. How do we recapture those Advent qualities? How do we keep hoping for Hope?
God is good, all the time. And all the time.... If God is good enough to turn the leaves red every fall how much more does he want to show his goodness to us. In the middle of a global pandemic and lots of strife and suffering in the world some may question whether God is actually Good. What do you think?
Are you a planner? Every detail with contingency plans for your contingency plans? Or do you like to wing it. Hey it will all work out right? When things are spinning out of control it can feel like maybe God didn't have a plan for this. But our unchanging God's plans are always at work. Our unchanging God is all powerful and will achieve his plans. And I love it when a plan comes together.
Steve Steele, Pastor of Community Life