Spiritual Boot Camp
This past Sunday we were so excited to celebrate Troop 791. We are privileged to partner with the scouts as they serve the community, develop their character and grow in friendship. The Boy Scouts are an everyday example of community as it was meant to be.
We as the Church also strive to be this kind of community. In Acts 2 the Church comes into existence when the Holy Spirit descends on God’s people. At the end of the chapter we see a practical picture of how the Church is to live out her faith. We come together in our shared beliefs. We meet the needs of those around us, even when it means sacrifice. We meet together to learn and grow in God. And finally, we eat together.
United. Generous. Growing. Fellowship. This is what the Church is all about.
We thank the scouts for their example of a life well lived. We strive to be the church God is calling us to be. Because we were not saved to be in a life of faith alone, but we are BETTER TOGETHER!
This weeks Bible verse: Acts 2
In John 14, Jesus gives the disciples one of the greatest promises for their life after his death. The Father will send an Advocate. The Person of the Holy Spirit will be with them always. They will no long be orphans, but sons and daughter of the Most High. The Apostle Paul also shares this truth in Romans 8.
This PROMISE changes everything. When we put our trust in Jesus we are called to a life of faith, but not in and of our own strength. God Himself is with us. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is with us always, to the ends of the earth.
The PROBLEM is our stubborn spirit. We would rather hold onto what we know than trust that God is with us and goes before us. We cling tightly to a veiled existence instead of trusting in the promise. We have a CHOOSE in the matter. While God is always working and always with us, we can choose to go it alone or to depend on the Holy Spirit.
The POTENTIAL is that through the Holy Spirit we will do works even greater than Christ. God designed the CHURCH to carry forth His promise. It is the CHURCH that shares the good news and sees the world transformed through the Holy Spirit. But we have to say yes and continuously say yes!
As a church we choose to be consciously dependent on the Holy Spirit. But it is as individuals that we see the collective power take hold. Each of us must make this choice. That is when we see the world transformed!
12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
Bible verses for this week: Deuteronomy 6:3-9, 20-25 & Matthew 16:13-18
We enter 2018 with hope. We expect to see God move. We know He already is moving. Here at Trinity we want to give you the tools to lay a solid foundation for spiritual growth in 2018. Therefore we start this year with spiritual boot camp. Each week a go deeper into a pillar of our faith. These spiritual fundamentals lay the groundwork for a changed life. Our prayer is to see Trinity pursue Christ, pursue his priorities, as we grow in his likeness.
Last week we looked at the Word. The Bible is alive and active. It is God breathed and has the power to reveal God’s plan of redemption. But hearing the truth is only the first step. Receiving it is where transformation begins. We can all get caught up in going the right thing, being a good person and somehow being good enough to receive God’s Love. But it’s not about what we do. Truth: out of a changed life of faith comes good works. But it’s not the good works that brings transformation, it’s the Holy Spirit.
In John 3, a highly religious man named Nicodemus comes to Jesus in the middle of the night. We don’t know his exact motivations but the fact that this leader of the Law comes to Jesus shows us he was curious, thirsty, desiring more. Jesus says something that shakes his core. “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
His man has always know God through his good deeds, through obedience and through following religious expectations. But Jesus says he will never see the kingdom of God unless he is born again! What does this mean? It’s not about what we do, but about who we receive. It is through the Holy Spirit that our lives begin to transform. It is through the work of God himself that we start to experience the Kingdom. To build the best year yet we need to start with the truth that all growth comes from Him. So receive the Spirit anew this day. Say yes to God and what He has in store for 2018!
Bible Verses for this week: 1 Peter 1:3 & John 3:1-21
Founded In the Word
Happy New Year!
Here at Trinity we want to give you the tools and encouragement to have the best year possible. We believe God has good things for you. We trust that the Holy Spirit is moving and at work in your life. How do you want to see God move in 2018? How do you want to grow?
To start the year we are beginning a new series: Spiritual Boot Camp! Boot camps are intensive programs seeking to jump start your health and give you strength. We will spend six weeks on the fundamental pillars of our faith, giving each of us the means to jump start our spiritual health.
This past week we looked at the importance of having God's Word central to our lives. The bible is God-breathed and useful to teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, (2 Timothy 3:16). It is the Holy Spirit moving and speaking to us so that we might have greater understanding of faith, the character of God and what a life of faith means.
When we study God's word is does not come back empty, (Isaiah 55:11).
The bible is alive and active! (Hebrews 4:12).
Therefore we want to be founded in the Word. We want to challenge one another to read and be transformed by this holy book. And we desire to see God move as we seek Him!
Truth, Light & Hope
A Sermon Series for Advent & Christmas.
Based on the Book of Colossians
and the hope we proclaim.
Happy New Year! To start this new year right we celebrated Sunday morning a bit different. Instead of worshiping in the sanctuary, we worshiped in fellowship hall! We shared a meal, prayed together and sang some songs. We embraced the truth that faith doesn't exist in a church building, but in the people of God. We celebrate one another as gifts from God as we worshiped HIM together.
Who knows what this next year has in store. But what ever may come your way, would you know the hope of Christ and the fellowship and support of His church. Together we are stronger. And together we see more of God in the world!
MERRY CHRISTMAS! This day as we open gifts and celebrate with loved ones, we also celebrate the ultimate gift: Jesus Christ our new born King.
God loved the world so much that he sent his only Son. This is the gift that transformed the world. Two thousand years later this promise continues to bring hope and transformation. This season we have looked to the book of Colossians to go a bit deeper into the nature of Jesus and how his birth really did bring hope into the present. In this letter, the Apostle Paul shares something truly profound: it is not only the gift of Christ that changed the world, but Christ in US is the hope of glory.
To end his letter, Paul implores the readers to put on Christ. Put on compassion, love, mercy and honor Him in all that they do. I can't help but think of all the Christmas sweaters and sock that we wear Christmas morning. Perhaps this day we can also put on Christ! The challenge Paul gave the church in Colossea is a challenge we can take on this day. Let us all celebrate the true meaning of Christmas: the birth of our savior! And let us celebrate by living out the hope we have in Him. Let us celebrate by sharing that hope with our everyday lives. Let your love be a gift to one another this season!
As we celebrate the third Sunday in Advent, we continue to look to the promises found in Colossians to point us towards the true meaning of Christmas. The Apostle Paul writes to this young community of faith to help them understand the power found in Jesus Christ. As we celebrate Advent and anticipate Christmas, we too want to fully grasp the power of Christ.
In chapter one the Apostle Paul lays the ground work for understanding the very nature of Jesus as God in the flesh. In chapter two, Paul emphasizes the hope of salvation found and Jesus and the hope spread through us, His church! In the second part of chapter two, Paul continues this theme with a charge to live differently.
In Advent we often talk about light coming into the darkness. Jesus is the light that breaks in and changes everything. We get to be lights of Christ in this dark world. How do we become lights? We live lives that matter. We live differently. We reflect the truth and hope found in Jesus Christ, our Lord and King.
Our challenge to you: live differently this Christmas season. Share joy, love, peace and hope with everyone you meet. Be a light that points others to the source of our light! Bring the hope of Christ near to the world!
As we celebrate the second Sunday in Advent, we take the time to meditate on the HOPE we have in Christ. In the Christmas season we will hear a lot about joy, love, peace and hope. We will hear about the hope found in Christ because of His birth and the promise of return. But have you ever taken a moment to wonder how this HOPE is shared with the world?
Christ in YOU is the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:26)
This Advent we are studying the book of Colossians. In this letter the Apostle Paul writes to a young church struggling to understand the full nature of Jesus. In the first part of the letter the Apostle Paul focuses on the deity of Jesus, (the fullness of God embodied in Christ). In the chapter 2, the Apostle Paul empowers this community of faith to understand the magnitude of what is offered through faith in Christ.
Through faith, every obstacle that threatens to keep us from God the father is wiped away and obliterated. The Apostle Paul even writes that Jesus's actions on the cross make a public spectacle of everything that threatens to keep us from God. This is the power and the promise found in Christ.
But this is not simple a gift offered to us, but a gift we are empowered to share with others. "Christ in you is the hope of glory." Meaning: you life changed by faith will bring hope and change to others.
This Advent, take a moment and dwell on the hope found in our new born King. Then share that hope with the world!
This past Sunday we celebrated the first Sunday in Advent. This is a season of waiting, expectation and excitement. Want to understand the wonder and anticipation of this season? Look to the little ones in your life. They are a reflection of the hope and joy we find in the proclamation of the savior's birth!
Why is this season so good? Because Christ is the ultimate gift! Advent and Christmas is an opportunity to fully grasp the power of Jesus's birth. To help us understand the majesty and abundance of this gift of God in flesh we look to the book of Colossians.
The Apostle Paul wrote this letter to a church struggling with understanding the nature of Jesus. They had questions about how he could be both God and human. They did not fully grasp the gift of Christ. This Advent we will look at the letter to the Colossians as a tool for understanding the wonder and power in Jesus.
For he is the image of the invisible God and the fullness of God dwells in him!
Fore more: Colossians 1:15-23
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