We were privileged to hear from Pastor Nate Millican who used to be our lead pastor and is now a pastor at Graceland Church, as well as serving on the North American Mission Board. Pastor Nate spoke about how knowing God brings security, referencing Psalm 125. Listen to what he had to say about this topic.
Do you remember your first job? Over a lifetime, the average person will spend about 90,000 hours at work. That’s 3,750 days.
Work takes a significant amount of time in our lives and Proverbs has plenty to teach us about the way we work. In fact, there’s the way the world works, and then there’s the better way. Everyday you go to work, you’re faced with the question, “Will I continue to work the way the world works, or will I take the better way to work?”
We speak and use words hundreds of times a day. Conversations, text, email, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, it seems we never stop communicating. And all in the hopes that our words will carry some weight, be influential, cause people to think or respond in a way we hope.
Our ability to speak is proof that we are made in the image of God who spoke the world into being, who send His Son into the world as “the Word made flesh.” How we use our words matters because they reflect on the character of the God who created us and if we are believers, the God who has saved us.
Proverbs challenges us to speak thoughtful words, timely words, and truthful words. The pitfalls and opportunities are many. We need wisdom to speak wise words.
Scripture: Proverbs 25:11; James 3:2, 8; Proverbs 15:23, 28; Proverbs 29:11; Matthew 12:36-37; Ecclesiastes 3:1,4, 7; Hebrews 3:12-13; Proverbs 12:19, 16:28, 26:20, 13:3; Eph. 4:29
We’re faced with choices everyday. We need God’s wisdom to make good choices because bad choices will blow up on us. But there’s a tension. We’re all born wise in our own eyes. Our natural condition is foolishness, and too often we’re satisfied with it and stay put in it. So what is true wisdom, “the wisdom from above” as James describes. Why does it matter in our lives, and how do we get it?
Scripture: Proverbs 1; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; James 3:13-18
God chooses us, and His faithful love amidst our unfaithful idolatry enables us to make a break with our past and surrender our whole self to Him.
Scripture: Joshua 24:1-31
The story of King Josiah abolishing idolatry and instituting proper worship of the One True God throughout Judah is a shadow of King Jesus abolishing idolatry and instituting proper worship of the One True God in the hearts of God’s people. God’s people ought to imitate this biblical pattern in the day-to-day living of their home, as they seek to remove idolatry and make time for worshipping the One True God as a family.
Scripture: 2 Kings 22-23
Look at your family tree and consider the traits passed from one generation to the next. We have no control over biological traits, but every family has unique traits that mark each generation that are passed on through intentional effort.
We transmit what we treasure. We pass on our passions. If we want the next generation to love Jesus with all their heart, soul and strength, then this generation must love Him wholeheartedly, and show our children and our children’s children what that looks like in every season of our lives.
So, how do we practice intentionality in modeling our faith before our children? This text shows us five ways…
Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:1-25; 1 Corinthians 11:1; 2 Timothy 1:5; Hebrews 13:7
Two alarming trends have been evident among evangelical Christians and their churches for nearly twenty years: the health of their marriages and the active rejection or passive abandoning of the faith by the next generation.
Is the problem what’s happening or not happening at church, or what needs to happen in the home? We believe that more and more the church has forgotten her role to equip parents to be the primary disciple makers of their children, and equip husbands and wives to see marriage as a reenactment of the gospel.
What we want to see is multigenerational faithfulness to Jesus. But how do we get there? Deuteronomy 6 is the foundation for nurturing faith at home.
Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:1-15
The book of Acts records the history of the first 30 years of the church. In Luke’s gospel, he wrote about “all Jesus began to do and teach before the day he was taken up.” Acts is the record of the continuation of the ministry of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, through the church to unleash the gospel into the world.
Acts ends with the Apostle Paul in Rome, waiting to be heard by Caesar. It’s like a cliffhanger. We’re left to wonder what’s next for Paul. But while the book of Acts comes to an end, the mission continues. We are the generation entrusted with taking the message of Jesus to the ends of the earth.
So as Luke concludes the book of Acts, he answers three questions we must consider for our lives now: Who is the audience for the gospel? What is the context for gospel ministry? What is the central point of the gospel message.
Scripture: Acts 28:16-31; Philemon 1, 4
We’re all facing pressures and stresses unique to this crisis. It’s interfered with our ability to grieve the lost of a loved one the way we would expect. It’s interrupted our ability to visit a loved one in the hospital or nursing home. It’s disrupted our ability to work and brought financial stress. And for H.S. Seniors, it’s hijacked your graduation.
We all want this to end. We want people to be well and safe. We want life to get back to normal. But the truest test of your character isn’t how you live when it’s all good. It’s how you respond when circumstances turn your world upside down.
In this text we see the matchless resources we have from God in Jesus Christ to live in and live through the storms.
Scripture: Acts 27:1-28:16