We start in the beginning this morning-well almost, Genesis chapter 2. Pastor Casey points out in verse 18, that after six times God saying it was good; God utters the first, “It is not good…” Remember, this is a perfect world, perfect creation, fresh from God- no sin, sickness, disease or death. God’s creation was good, however the alone-ness of man was not.
Alone means all one–all about me. Like the Dead Sea, everything is flowing in, nothing out. God remedies the situation by bringing forth from Adam, Eve(ezer). The name Eve (ezer), means helper, vital, powerful kind of help. God is referred to as the ezer/helper 16 times in the Bible. Keeping this in mind helps us recognize that Adam and Eve were designed to co-reign in life: which gives us a beautiful picture of God in His fullness. The perfect image of God (God made people in His image) is me connected to others.
Man was made of Spirit and dust; everything he needed was placed within him by God: woman, Eve, was taken out of Adam. When God created each of us, He placed everything we need within us. Whether we are single or married, we have what we need to become who God has called us to be. Singleness is not aloneness, unless we refuse to find connection and community with others. We must submit to God in order for Him to bring His fruitfulness out of us. Just as the image of God was not complete in the al-oneness of man, neither are we complete alone/disconnected from others.
Moving into the New Testament, in John 12, Pastor Casey shares on a very interesting passage where Jesus speaks of being alone or being fruitful. Please listen and consider what God has placed in your life and is desiring to bring out of your submission to Him in fellowship with the Body of Christ.
Scripturereference: Genesis 2:15-18, 21-25; John 12:23-28; Psalm 92:13;
The IF Gathering women’s conference offered a weekend full of inspiring insight aimed at encouraging women to be mighty women of God. Listen as some of the Life’s Journey family shares what they learned at IF.
The identity of God is shown through the people. Men and women were created in the image of God, which means that when we look at each other there is something about us that will teach us more about who God is. A saving knowledge of God cannot be found by looking within, but God did design men and women to exhibit traces of his character.
In the Western world, Christianity sometimes elevates the image of God shown through males forgetting that a powerful image of God is seen in women as well. At Life’s Journey, we seek to follow the word of God and the Spirit of God to lift each other up and help both men and women play their part in the Kingdom of God on earth. Women play a vital part in the mission of Jesus Christ and the team is incomplete if we sideline women in favor of the false image of God we create if we think that God only wants to work through men.
Listen as Casey reminds us that gospel work needs both halves of God’s image on earth.
Join other women of Eastern Montana for the 2018 all women’s IF: Gathering video conference. Starting Friday, March 9 at 6:30 PM, be a part of a two day event that will “equip women with gospel-centered resources, events, and community so they may learn more about who God is and disciple other women right where they are”.
Life’s Journey is partnering with other Christian fellowships in the area to make this event possible.
The event costs $25.00 and will include snacks on Friday, a soup bar on Saturday, door prizes and a live worship band.
To register, contact Stephanie Crook at 740-0709 or message Life’s Journey (@lifesjourneymt) on Facebook for more information.
When: March 9 (6:30-9:30 PM) and March 10 (9:00AM-3:00PM) Where: Colstrip CPRD, 110 Park Ave, Colstrip, MT Cost: $25.00
To find out more about IF:Gathering nation wide, check out ifgathering.com.