This morning Sherry Benner has a final word to share with the church body. She begins with Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please God… By reminding us that God is totally faithful and trustworthy, we can flourish in our faith. Even in the midst of all our “stuff”, God is faithful. Together we are all on a faith journey.
Sherry really focuses in on, “through faith”. Hebrews 11:32-34 …who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle… We would like for God to change our circumstances or rescue us from difficulties. God wants to change us into his strong, powerful-in-battle people. We can be people with “through faith”, the kind of faith that takes us through. He does not deliver us from, but brings us through- to become the warriors He has designed us to be.
We often look for a way around, under, over, just not through the problem. Isaiah 43:2-3 When you pass through the water I will be with you, and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. Sherry encourages us that although sometimes we may feel we will be overwhelmed by the rivers, or burned by the fires, God says He will be with us as we go “through” these things. God will take us through!
This morning we begin with the familiar story from Luke of the ten lepers. Pastor Casey points out that this healing took place in the midst of obedience to Jesus’s command. Luke 17:14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. Pastor Casey goes on to point out that one of the ten, felt a responsibility to live in response to what Christ had done for him. It seems a reasonable service, to return with thankfulness and praise. This former leper did not hurry off to carry on his own life. Pastor Casey urges us to be the one that lives a life of response to Christ.
Scripture reference: Luke 17:11-19
Sherry Benner shares a word with us from Hebrews 6:19, The Passion Translation
The New Year brings a new focus on life. Be encouraged as Sherry encourages us to have a renewed desire of God’s goodness and in turn receive the desires of our heart. As we desire God more and more, our desires begin to align with his.
The Life’s Journey Children’s Pastor, Sherry Benner shared an important reminder that building our life on the Rock-the Word of God- is more than a children’s song. This principle in firmly rooted in Scripture in Matthew 7. She continues encouraging and exhorting us to remember and declare who God says we are.