In two connected stories from Mark 6:1-13, we learn how Jesus sent out the disciples out two by two to teach and heal. His instructions to the apostles were simple: take nothing with you but rely on the generosity and hospitality of those you meet. Pastor Paige explores how we easily get distracted from our ministry of sharing the good news of Jesus with others, and she encourages hearers to realize that God has already given us everything we need to be effective apostles in our time.
It is human nature to fear that our brokenness and hurt can be contagious. And it is human nature to feel shame at the wounds in our hearts and souls. But in Mark 5:21-43, Jesus shows that it is actually God’s grace and healing that is truly contagious. In the power of Jesus, grace spreads!
Ever hear of “helicopter parents?” It’s the name given to parents who hover so closely over their kids that they smother them, trying to make sure that everything always goes just right for them. But how do kids learn how to handle adversity if they never have to face it? Unfortunately, many Christians expect God to be a helicopter parent, and it stunts our spiritual maturity. Listen as Pastor Eric challenges and encourages us to find Christ’s power at work in the challenges and storms of life, preaching from 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 and Mark 4:35-41.
Part of growing up means leaving childish games behind. But we’re all playing games, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We’ve got goals, things we’re aiming for. The real question is, are we playing the right games, or the wrong ones? Are we trying to score the right goals, or are we wasting our life on games we should have left behind a long time ago? In this sermon, based on 2 Corinthians 5:6-17, Pastor Eric explores how we can aim for the right goals.
Today, we start a 3-week series on “Growing Up,” what it means to have a mature faith in Christ. In Mark 3:20-35, we see Jesus give us a good definition of spiritual maturity (as contrasted by the immaturity of Genesis 3:8-15). What does it mean to “do God’s will?” How do we receive the life God intends for us?