Pastor John opens up the shortest chapter in the Bible and talks about getting wrapped up in personal drama vs. caught up in God's story. In our last service at OB Johnson Park, we look at Psalm 117 and talk about the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland.
Troubles always feel out of place in our story. Pastor John opens up 2 Corinthians 2 to show how God meets us in our troubles and uses them to comfort others. You'll also hear from a couple who went through several years of trial after trial, difficulty after difficulty.
Pastor John talks about the importance of story in the Bible and for God, and invites several people to share stories from their lives. You'll hear how our strong and gracious God met people in their weakness, sin and struggles to believe amidst a call to new ministry and chronic pain.
Pastor John finishes the Cultivate Series by looking at spiritual gifts. Pastor John opens up Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 to answer hat are spiritual gifts? What are they for? And how do you cultivate them?
Guest speaker Macklann Basse joins us from Togo, West Africa to talk about Jesus' prayer in the garden before his death. Tying into MLK Weekend, Pastor Basse shows Jesus' deep desire for unity for his church.
What does it mean to BE the church? While God sees the church as the answer to the world's problems, many see all the scandals and conclude that the church is the problem. Others who are engaged with the church think of themselves as GOING to church, but don't know what it means to BE the church. So what does it mean to BE the church? Pastor John opens up Acts 2 and 4 to explore the very first church.
How much of your life is motivated by shame, fear and despair? Often we are driven by a fear of who we really are in our worst moments. We have anxiety about our sense of insignificance. We can overreact to feeling defeated. But Jesus meets us in our shame, comforts our anxious fears, and bring His light into the darkness of our despair, making us people of faith, hope and love. Pastor John talks about how you can cultivate faith, hope and love in your own life in 2018?
"Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love—but the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13
What are you following? And is leading you to life? In our last sermon in the "I AM" series, Pastor John shows us the beauty of how Jesus leads his sheep to life. He also tells a skydiving story that will give new meaning to Jesus words "I lay down my life...No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own."