This Sunday’s message, You’ve Got Mail," will be an introduction to our upcoming 13 week Bible Adventure in the books of 1&2 Corinthians. The series title is Love Letters. In this weeks we are going to bring together our Sunday morning evening and Wednesday night messages in addition to our Small group sessions and daily bible readings. I believe that this will be an exciting time as our family is working through these wonderful letters of truth and love.
This will be the last week in the series Vision & Victory.
The message this week is from Joshua 24. In this passage we hear Joshua ongoing faithful commitment to the service of the Lord. But we are also looking at the end of Joshuas life. He has remained faithful and God has wonderfully blessed him. Their is wonderful blessing in a faithful life. But this morning we are going to consider what is required to live the faithful life.
This week we will read from Joshua chapters 5 and 6 which focus on the story of Jericho. For many it is a familiar story because it is so dramatic. In truth it is a story of humble faith. Both Joshua and the people of Israel were called upon to humbly and quietly walk around the city for seven days. God was teaching His people to trust Him and to not lean on their own ideas. It is a teaching that we need to consider for our walk with Christ.
This week we find Joshua and the people of God getting ready to cross over into the promise land. They had to face some major obstacles first. Then in obedience they had to take big steps of faith. The same is true for you and me. We have to step out in faith , get our feet wet to realize the power of God in our lives.
This Sunday we will hear the second message in the series, Vision & Victory. We will read from the second chapter of the book of Joshua which describes the two spies who are sent into Cannan and there they meet Rahab. It is a story of preparation faith and obedience. The faith of Rahab is saving faith. As the people of Israel prepare to enter into the promise land the testimony of God’s faithfulness brings salvation to those who believe.
This Sunday we begin the New Year with a series of messages from the book of Joshua, titled “Vision & Victory. There is much to learn from walked in faith and obedience. This week we have crossed over into a new year and like Joshua we must learn to be strong and courageous. We must regain a vision of the living God at work in our world and then be willing to cross over and join Him in victory.
This Sunday we will present the final message from our "Family Life” series. The title is “Preparing your home for Christmas.” The scripture text is Mark 1:1-8 where we read that John the Baptist was sent of God to prepare the way for the Gospel of Jesus. We to need to prepare the way for the Gospel of Jesus in our hearts and homes. From this passage we will follow John’s example on how to be a witness for the Gospel.
This weeks message focus is on the instruction from scripture that we are to teach our children and grandchildren the things of God. We will also look at the example of the dysfunctional home of Ely. There are many examples of sin and rebellion in the homes of people of faith in the Bible. They are included to warn us as parents that we cannot be lazy when it comes to our responsibilities of intentional instruction and faithful examples that we are to provide. Our text for the morning begins with words that set the tone: diligently watch yourself so that you don’t forget…” Let us commit ourselves to the Lord in this great responsibility.