We live in a polarized culture, where lines are drawn in the sand leading to divisions based on differences, even in the church. In this message, Pastor Justin shares Jesus' clear message from John 17: be unified!
When we are in "meantime moments" we tend to look for opportunities to work our way out. We like to keep busy! Like people stuck in a traffic jam who just want forward motion, we take the first off-ramp we see even if it means driving way out of the way. Prayer is something so different; it is us stopping and embracing the wait. It is forward-motion that moves our hearts closer to God, while our bodies remain absolutely still. In this message, Pastor Skyler walks us through John 17 to examine the way Jesus prayed.
They say the only thing you can count on in this world is trouble. Countless songs have been written about this very idea. When we are in "meantime moments" we are guaranteed to have trouble. If we are going to get through these moments, we are going to have to have some resilience. In this message, Pastor Carlos shares from John 15:18-27 about how to endure hardships. Here's a hint from Carlos' mom: "Tell me who you're with and I'll tell you who you are!"
Have you found yourself in a place in life, just waiting for something to happen? Are you anxious about the outcomes of the life you are investing in right now? When you are in a meantime moment, you find yourself in good company. The disciples were left without Jesus and what were they supposed to do? Jesus instructs us to love one another and love those who God has given you in the meantime.
The gap between the here and now and when Jesus returns is wide. When he finally returns, he will turn all the wrongs in the world right, but until then what does God want us to do? In this message, Pastor Brian unpacks John 15:1-8 to identify God's imperative for us: Go and be productive! In this passage, we get some of Jesus final words to his followers on what he wants us to do in this world while we wait for him to return.
When you feel anxious or alone chances are you have stumbled into a "meantime moment". This moment is a point in time when you are in between the place where God wants you to be and the place you have been. It's a holding pattern. Jesus' disciples were faced with this same situation when Jesus ascended to heaven and left them behind! They knew that Jesus would return, but what would they do until then? This series explores how we can be successful in the "meantime moments" of life!