Pastor Preston shares in our sermon series on worship and looking at how God shapes us in worship. What do you want? Jesus asked this question over and over again. It is the start of the book of John. Pastor Preston shares how Jesus invades the passions of our hearts and what you most want will be revealed in that. Worship shapes are desires, postures, habits and rhythms. In time it shapes our hearts to be more like God’s. It’s more than a song in a service. What is in your heart?
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The way in which we treat each other that people will know God. All our other values of story, generosity and worship flow into community. Pastor Evan shares on Lake Ridge’s value of community. At the very beginning of creation we see in Genesis 1:26 we are made for community. God said let us make human beings in our image, in our likeness. Father, son and holy spirit created us in their likeness. This is why we have this deep soul calling to be connected. To have relationship in it's truest form is to admit you need them in order to grow into who you are. We must learn to rely on each other. It’s hard to admit we need each other. How are you learning to need the person next to you? Choose to need each other, because that is the message of God and what you actually made for.
God's M-O is love. So full of love. We do not pray God's nature into existence. God exists as who he is: a God of love. Sometimes we pray as though God's nature is kept on a shelf. God's nature is always there. We don't need to pray it into existence. When we pray for God to do something God gives himself to us to make us the people to affect change. We are agents of prayer. We are agents that change the world. Where are the places in your life today that you need to be reminded you are part of God's work? It's in prayer and action that God's love fills and changes our lives.
As we get closer to lent Pastor Evan shared this week in our series Loved to Life: Anger to Justice. He looked at the kinds of anger, where some can be good and some can be bad. There are three main types of anger he describes. The first emotional anger is minor annoyances, the second type, becomes a vice when it's deep rooted in who you are, and the only way to ease that is through some form of vengeance. In our minds with this type we might believe if we got restitution then we would feel better. The third kind of anger this holy anger. It tells us that something is not right and we need to do something about it. Justice is on the other side of anger, but the definition is sometimes misguided We get the definition of justice wrong in our culture all the time. God's understanding of justice has to do with making things right and reconciling all things onto himself.
We continue our journey of the short stories Jesus told in our summer sermon series. Pastor Preston shares the story by Jesus of the lost sheep, coin and the son. Both stories are found in Luke Chapter 15. Pastor Preston takes us through this story that Jesus told.
Who do people say that I am? And who do you say that I am? Jesus asked his disciples these very important questions. Even today, we have to ask ourselves who is Jesus to you? Pastor Evan kicks Lake Ridge off in a new sermon series titled Short stories by Jesus. He shares more of the context of the story and the surroundings of where it took place. You might be surprised the impact the surroundings have on the story and what it means for us to look beyond the facts and figures of each story in the bible. Join us as we journey through short stories by Jesus this summer.
Pastor Preston continues in the sermon series The Good News by sharing on disturbing the peace. He introduces us to this phrase, "Sin is culpable disturbance of shalom." As he shares the story of Paul in the book of Romans he breaks down each part of the phrase to help us better understand how the good news of Jesus is transformational and comes as a gift - not a transaction. Our job is to say "yes" to receive the gift.
The Good News sermon series continues with Pastor Evan exploring how we are called to be the people of good news. He looks at the story of Abraham and how the beginning of God's people started with no roots, no home or building. The people of God are a "sent" people. Pastor Evan explores the story of Abraham being sent to be a blessing. Think about how we live out the gospel in our communities. It’s about you being person who engages your neighbour and being who you are. We need to move away from strategy to embrace engaging those people around you simply because God put them in our lives to bless.
The Good News sermon series started back in April with Pastor Preston introducing us. What is the good news? And what does Jesus do for us? The Good News of Jesus is hope when all hope is lost. Pastor Preston explores the story of Jesus reinstating Peter. He discuses the three lies of the good news of Jesus. You can also find them on our blog!
Pastor Evan kicks-off our new sermon series for lent titled "Clearing the Way". Lent is really this difficult time as Jesus lives and moves and breathes among us. He comes into a challenging time and difficult time, so when he comes we start to see him reorient people. It's messy, chaotic and even causes some conflict. Listen in as as we explore how Jesus begins to prepare the way for us to reorient our heart towards God.