How do we react to the storms of our life. Physically, Spiritually and eventually getting back to life after the storm. Elijah had a great victory and was immediately hit with anxiety and depression. We will watch how God Renews, Restores and returns Elijah back to his mission.
Sometimes the storm is our Storm. We caused it, our actions (or inactions) our attitudes, our heart. Pastor Steve Newman reminds us of Peter who denied Christ, and the Old Testament King Manasseh. Let's look at ourselves as we face storms and see what part of it we need to own and repent and move back towards God.
The storms in life are relentless. Some seasons seem especially stormy. From this side of the lake to that side of the lake we actually become different people while in the storm. Jesus reaction to the storm is far different than the disciples. Share your storms and learn from each other that we might weather the storms better together with Jesus.
Wait for it, wait for it. Wait. Patience is a virtue we are told, but It's a virtue that is won over time and through adversity. Seems like all we are doing recently is waiting, waiting for the pandemic to pass, waiting to return to work, waiting for our favorite activities to resume. How can we wait patiently, How can we be faithful as we wait.
That first Easter when people woke up that morning they had no Idea what was in store for them. The early followers of Jesus were faced with Grief, Fear, and Doubt. This Sunday would change everything. It would change Grief to Hope. It would change Fear to Peace. It would change Doubt to Faith. What are you facing today?
Are you rich? The New Testament talks about money and wealth A LOT. How we handle our resources shows the authenticity of our faith. In a world that judges success and security based on the balances of your accounts, how can we approach wealth in a way that honors God and strengthens our faith? James has some very direct words for those of us who are rich.
We tend to believe that we are the God of our life. We make plans and decided where we are going in life, Right? Or do we? What happens when our plans don't turn out to be Gods plans? How do you deal with disappointment? How do you deal with redirection? How do we live today in spite of not knowing what tomorrow will bring? Talk about it with your group. (oh and sorry about the audio, I need a better microphone for the wind)
Where do you find wisdom? James continues with 2 kinds of Wisdom. An authentic wisdom that comes from God and an Earthly wisdom. He then gives us a laundry list of the qualities of each kind of wisdom. But wisdom isn't wisdom unless you put it into action.
What is an Authentic faith? This week we are looking at a passage in James that deals with faith and works. The Apostle Paul says we are saved by faith alone. James tells us faith without works is Dead. Is this a contradiction? Or is it simple addition? DIve in and discuss with your groups.
Steve Steele, Pastor of Community Life