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MIRACLES Collateral Blessings
Miracles are amazing things. And to the person who receives a miracle it means a firsthand experience of God. Sometimes it even means a second chance at life. That’s great for the person getting the miracle. But what about the people around the miracle. Is there a ripple effect? Are there benefits to believers and nonbelievers? Join us this weekend at Current where Pastor Rich will walk us into the life a man who died and came back to life. And see for yourself the collateral blessings of God’s miracles. Come expectant!
The message for Traditional Worship is “The Family Business.” Based on John 14: 1-14, part of Jesus saying farewell to his disciples, there are words of promise about Jesus preparing a place for us in God’s house. The focus of this sermon will look to the end of the passage when Jesus says something astounding; “Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these…” How can we out do Jesus? Was Jesus kidding? Jesus makes plain the reality that Jesus and God are in the same business. As Jesus prepares to leave this world he turns over the family business to his followers, to you and me.
So, how’s business?
Miracles ~ Dare to Touch
A woman with a secret. A bold move risking everything. Ignoring the people around her. Shutting out the “What ifs” and “Better nots.” Sneaking up to this Man she believes can heal her. He’s her last hope, her only hope. Will He heal her? Will He expose her? Will He exact the punishment for her act? She dares to touch…How desperate do you have to be to trust Jesus? Are you there yet? Join us this week at Current as Pastor Rich leads us into the third sermon in our series Miracles. Come daring to believe.
These days we hear a lot about one kind of a “scam” or another. Devious behavior is nothing new in the human family. Jesus spoke about this concern, as recorded in John’s Gospel, chapter 10, the first ten verses. Among the things he shared we read these words: “All who came before me are thieves and bandits…” The sermon, “Stranger Danger,” addresses the things Jesus taught in this text. Jesus likens us to sheep and he stresses the need for sheep to be led and protected by a devoted shepherd. If we learn to discern the voice of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, and if we steadfastly follow where he leads we may rest assured of what Jesus called the abundant, good life.
MIRACLES Risk Takers
Matthew 14:22-33 & John 5:1-9b
When we think of Jesus’ miracles we usually think, “Wow!” or wonderful. But here’s the reality: Miracles can be messy. And stepping into one carries risk. Whether you receive the miracle or you’re in the collateral blessing zone around it, if you embrace what Jesus is doing, if you step into the miracle it’s going to change your life. Are you ready to receive the change and carry the responsibility it brings?
Can we trust the promises of Jesus? Traditional Worship is centered in reading from John 14: 15-21, with reference to Acts 17: 22-31. “Keep the Faith” is the sermon that will rehearse a promise that Jesus made to his followers. Jesus promised us an “Advocate,” so that followers of Jesus would not be orphaned, so to speak, on their own. Jesus was about to taken from them but “the Spirit of truth” was soon to arrive in their lives. This “Spirit,” Jesus assures us, will continue to reveal Jesus to those who keep faith with Jesus. Can we trust the promises of Jesus?