This week Pastor Josh teaches from Matthew 26:36-39, continuing the Encounter series. We learn about the fear that Jesus faced and how he handled it. Christ’s example shows that no matter how difficult the situation is, we must order our lives around God’s will. Christ did not face the torment of the garden and the pain and humiliation of the cross to give humanity a free ticket to live how we want.
Pastor Josh continues the Encounter series with a look at John 8:2-11. We learn about forgiveness: We’re not forgiven to do whatever we want, we are forgiven to do whatever Jesus wants.
This week Pastor Josh continues our Encounter series with a look at Luke 18:18-26 and Luke 19:1-10, two rich men and their encounters with Jesus.
This week Pastor Josh continues our Encounter series with a look at John 4:3-15, Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan Woman.
“If who I am in Christ does not shape the way I think about myself and the things I face, then I will live our some other form of identity. While divorce, depression and single parenthood are significant human experiences, they are not identities. Our work is not our identity, though it is an important part of how God intends us to live. For too many of us, our sense of identity is more rooted in our performance than it is in God’s grace. It is wonderful to be successful at what God has called you to do, but when you use your success to define who you are, you will always have a distorted view.” - Paul David Tripp
This week Pastor Josh continues the Encounter series with a look at Mark 5:1-20.
They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. 2 And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. 3 He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, 4 for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. 6 And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. 7 And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.” 8 For he was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” 9 And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 12 and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.” 13 So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the pigs; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the sea. 14 The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened. 15 And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man, the one who had had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 16 And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs. 17 And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region. 18 As he (Jesus) was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. 19 And he (Jesus) did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled. Mark 5:14-20
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