Our Prayer for the Monday After: Selfie: Free

TheMondayAfterPrayerEach Monday we’ll be bringing Sunday into the work week by sharing a prayer for the week based on the Sunday sermon. You can now catch the sermon blogs written by our blogging team Wednesdays, where they’ll offer a mid-week shot of espresso to help re-energize, encourage and challenge us in the midst of our work weeks! 

The Monday After Sunday, April 26, 2015: Selfie: Free (Listen by clicking!)

Yesterday, Pastor Josh Petersen continued the Selfie series with the message, Free.

We looked at John 8:31-35

4.26.15 blog“31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33 “But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?”

34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. 35 A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever.”

Pastor Josh highlighted a few things:

1. “We have defined freedom as how much we are in charge. True freedom has nothing to do with you calling the shots.”

2. “True freedom has nothing to do with me calling the shots. It’s about me being free up to do what You, God, want me to do. We find true freedom in that.” -Pastor Josh Petersen #icselfie #freedom

For the next seven days:

Ask yourself: What would it look like if I willfully gave up my sense of freedom to live accordingly to God’s purposes?

Our Prayer for the Monday After: Selfie: Wanted

TheMondayAfterPrayerEach Monday we’ll be bringing Sunday into the work week by sharing a prayer for the week based on the Sunday sermon. You can now catch the sermon blogs written by our blogging team Wednesdays, where they’ll offer a mid-week shot of espresso to help re-energize, encourage and challenge us in the midst of our work weeks! 

The Monday After Sunday, April 19, 2015: Selfie: Wanted (Click to listen!)

Yesterday, Pastor Josh Petersen shared with us the most important message we could ever hear: we are wanted children of God!

Pastor Josh looked at Romans 8:14-16

“14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children] of God.

15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.”

Pastor Josh highlighted a few key points:

  • “While we were still orphans, with nothing to offer, God decided He wanted you and came after you. You are SO adopted, you are SO wanted by God you become an heir of Jesus. You can’t ever get unadopted.”
  • “Not only does God want you, He made you. God wants what He makes, and He makes what He wants.”
  • “To be God’s heirs means we carry on the legacy of being wanted. We go into the margins, and we want the people He wants.”
  • “The most important thing we can understand about God is that He wants us, and He loves us.”

Listen to the entire Selfie: Whole message.

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For the next seven days:

Live like an heir of Christ! Loved people love people. Wanted people want people. Invite a neighbor over for dinner (and remember your neighbor can be anyone who comes across your path!) and just extend them a wholehearted welcome.

Our Prayer for the Monday After: Selfie: Whole

TheMondayAfterPrayerEach Monday we’ll be bringing Sunday into the work week by sharing a prayer for the week based on the Sunday sermon. You can now catch the sermon blogs written by our blogging team Wednesdays, where they’ll offer a mid-week shot of espresso to help re-energize, encourage and challenge us in the midst of our work weeks! 

The Monday After Sunday, April 12, 2015: Selfie: Whole

Yesterday, Pastor Josh Petersen launched the new Selfie series with the message, Whole.

We looked at John 5:1-15

Jesus Heals a Lame Man
“5 Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. 2 Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda,[a] with five covered porches. 3 Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches.[b] 5 One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”

7 “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”

8 Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”

9 Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath, 10 so the Jewish leaders objected. They said to the man who was cured, “You can’t work on the Sabbath! The law doesn’t allow you to carry that sleeping mat!”

Blog 4.13.1511 But he replied, “The man who healed me told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’”

12 “Who said such a thing as that?” they demanded.

13 The man didn’t know, for Jesus had disappeared into the crowd. 14 But afterward Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.” 15 Then the man went and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had healed him.”
Pastor Josh highlighted a few things:

1. We are all searching for wholeness.

2. “Jesus is in the business of holistic healing; he’s in the business of looking at all of you not just the little parts that annoy you. He offers us wholeness we didn’t know was possible.” Pastor Josh Petersen

For the next seven days:

Fill yourself with Jesus, with His word, with His truth instead of trying to fill yourself with other things that only leave you empty.