James ~ New Women’s Bible Study!
Join us at 10:00 am, or 6:00 pm, on Tuesdays in the Family Life Center. This study will run through April 25.
“What good is your faith? James forces us to face the implications of faith. Be inspired to put your faith into action in practical ways as you get to know both the man and the Book of James. Join Beth Moore as she explores such concepts as joy, hardship, faith, wisdom, single-mindedness, the tongue, humility, prayer, and more.”
February 26- March 9, 2017
For the last two months, we have been practicing “Soul Training” as a congregation. We have learned about God’s love for us during worship on Sunday mornings and practiced new spiritual disciplines on Wednesday evenings. As we enter into the season of Lent, we will be building on what we have already learned and practiced as we turn to one of Jesus’ most famous sermons, The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5-7). The sermons during Sunday morning worship will help us to focus on continuing to develop a transformational relationship with God.
During this season we frequently give something up as a reminder of the struggles Jesus himself faced when he spent 40 days in the wilderness preparing for his ministry. Often, we give up things like chocolate, sodas, or deserts. Sometimes we even give up things like our lunch hour to spend that time in prayer and devotion and then donate the money we saved to a program that helps to alleviate the hunger of others. These are worthy attempts to remind us of our dependency not on food or chocolate, but on Jesus Christ and the grace we find in him. But, what would it look like if we gave up something that truly stood in our way of a transformational relationship with God?
This year we will be challenged to reconsider what we give up for Lent. We will be challenged to look at the real struggles we face in our transformation into people of grace. We will consider how things like Anger, Lust, Lying, Vanity, Stinginess, Worry, and the Judgment of Others really hold us back from the lives Jesus means us to have. We will learn how God calls us to lay these things aside, and even gives us the power to overcome them. We will continue to learn new spiritual disciplines that can help us release the power of God over these struggles, and will learn how God’s grace can help us transform our lives to be free from the things that keep us from experiencing the true joy of Christ.
Our first sermon in this new series, “Soul Detox,” will begin this week. We hope that you will also join us for our Ash Wednesday service following dinner. Together we will begin a season of giving up the things that truly stand in our way to a transformed life!
Looking forward to Transformation!
Rev. John Embrey