The Power of God, Prayer, & A Fasted Lifestyle

Among the many attributes ascribed to God, one that is most commonly overlooked and least often addressed is his omnipotence.  God is all-powerful, limitless, and nothing is impossible or too hard to him.  In the first message of a three-week series we are going to be unpacking what the power of God is and what it means for our lives.  With this basic framework we will then look more closely over the following two weeks at two specific ways we can participate in seeing the power of God move in our lives and in the lives of those around us through prayer and a fasted lifestyle.

Be Reconciled

Division, strife, and animosity have plagued humanity throughout history.  We can trace back all the way to the beginning in the book of Genesis and see where broken relationships originate, and how they infect all areas of life; none more real than the present racial tension we see today.  To begin the new year, we will look into the issue of race relations in hope that we can find a way to be reconciled to one another.  Along the way, what we will see is that historically true reconciliation begins with God and flows out of a right standing relationship with our Creator into every facet of life.

Holiness

"Be holy."  One of the many commands in scripture and a principle where the focus is often on external behavior modification.  However, rather than something we are to strive after, holiness is the attribute most often and most profoundly ascribed to God.  In light of who God is, we can properly see who we are and then see holiness as a gift God gives through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus.  Only then, does our focus of holiness shift to an empowered lifestyle we are called to live out in light of our new nature and identity in Christ.  In the final three weeks of the semester, join us as we unpack these truths in a three-part message entitled, "Holiness: A Gift Given, An Empowered Lifestyle."

Freedom

Many things are often fought for and struggled over, but none as much as the costly state that we call "freedom".  In our day, individual bondage and systematic oppression touches everyone.  Why is it that we find ourselves so enslaved to substances, ideologies, and injustices?  Sin has caused a very real enslaving to happen both in the physical as well as the spiritual; but, Jesus Christ has come to bring freedom to the captive and liberty to the oppressed!  These next four weeks we are going to look more closely at what this freedom entails specifically through the Apostle Paul's letter to the Galatians, and how it affects us both in the temporal and the eternal, as individuals and as a collective whole.