Monday, September 19, 2016

In the Fire - The God of "THEN" still the God of "NOW"

Do you ever feel like the characters, stories and lessons in the Bible are so far removed from your situations that the principles don't really apply? 

Well, through this 8 week series we will be encouraged to engage with what the prophets Elijah and Elisha came to know about God and His power and care in their lives as they faced huge "in the fire" situations and saw their God show up in big ways.

Our prayer is that just like then, God will become real and active and powerful in our "fire" situations as well.

So, grab a resource guide either at church, by dowloading it from this link  or by snapping the QR CODE and then listen to the sermon for the week either in the sanctuary at Union Church in Rockville at 10am or here online. 

Then connect with an "ITF" discussion group during the week and go deeper with a group of people who are also seeking God in the midst of their "fires" as well.

Through the ITF series we'll see an angry king, a devastating drought, epic opposition, and when the world was spinning out of control, 2 guys who saw their God show up huge in their lives. 

  • 10-02-16 - The Making of a man of God (1 Kings 17) - Presentation
  • 10-09-16 - Which God do you serve? (1 Kings 18) - Presentation
  • 10-16-16 - Prayer that is Effective (1 Kings 18) - Presentation

Monday, July 18, 2016

You've Got Mail - Letters to the Churches

 Imagine if Jesus were to write a letter to our Church, what do you suppose he’d have to say? 

Would he compliment us on our evangelistic impact in the community, our sound doctrine and diligent Bible study, or our boundless love toward the harassed and helpless people of society? 

Or would he criticize us for the lack of those very things?

If He were to challenge us or command us to do one thing differently, what would it be?

For seven young churches off the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the province of Asia, they didn’t have to imagine. Many years following the death and resurrection of Jesus, the apostle John was given a vision from heaven. 

Jesus himself stood before him in radiant glory and told him, “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. Jesus then proceeded to give John seven brief messages—seven letters to each of the seven churches.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Applying the Wisdom of God

All of us carry the collective wisdom passed on to us by the people who’ve been most significant in our lives. We’ve picked this wisdom up from parents, friends, teachers, leaders, relatives, barbers, and just about everybody … all the people who shaped and molded us as we were growing up.

 Some of this wisdom is very helpful. But some is just plain wrong. What kind of wisdom did people pass on to you? What mottos from coaches, parents, and teachers have shaped and molded you into what you are today? Some of it was probably pretty good, and some of it was probably wrong.

Part of being a follower of Jesus is sorting through that stuff, keeping the truly wise, and rejecting the unwise.

In this series we’re going to look at God’s wisdom from the Bible’s book of Proverbs. Each week we’re going to look at what the Bible’s book of Proverbs says about one subject. We'll start by talking about God’s wisdom for our lives in general, and throughout the series get a little bit more specific. I hope you can join in for this trek through the book of Proverbs.