God is a Father
March 5, 2017 • Pastor Bill West
Jesus used a new word and concept to describe God to us-that is Father. Every time Jesus described God, He called Him Father but once. Father is often a negative word for many in our world today due to what they have seen and experienced from their earthly fathers. We will use the familiar story of the Prodigal Son to try to paint a true and accurate picture of God as the Father we all long to have. Jesus gave us a “new” command: to love one another-A father longs for his children to love one another. God is calling us to do the same.
God is Gracious
February 26, 2017 • Pastor Darin Elquist
We will tell the Divine Story of God’s Grace…from the very beginning of creation to His ultimate end… We will try to describe what it is; what does it fell like; how do you know it and how do you extend it? We will attempt to picture what it would look like if we actually began to spread it.
God is Holy
February 19, 2017 • Pastor Bill West
Holiness is a very difficult concept for us because we cannot really understand it since we are not holy. We will try to describe holiness so that we understand that God is totally different from us. God cannot just forgive sin because He loves us, His holiness demands that payment be made for our sin.
God is Always With Us
February 12, 2017 • Pastor Bill West
Wherever we go and whatever we do, God is with us. We can get away from each other and hide but we can never do so with God. Regardless of what is happening in our lives or how we feel, we are never alone. God has promised that He would never leave us or forsake us.
God is All-Knowing
February 5, 2017 • Pastor Bill West
We will contrast God’s knowledge with human knowledge and how there really is no comparison. God knows everything instantly and never has to learn anything. God knows all about us as we live and ever before we were born. He knows what our real motives are even when we don’t. He knows our words and actions before we say or do anything. We are afraid for others to know everything about us because we believe they would change the way they think about us and abandon us. Yet, the great God if the universe knows everything about us and loves me more than anyone else.
God Is All-Powerful
January 29, 2017 • Pastor Bill West
God’s power has been seen and demonstrated through His actions in human history. God’s power to change us and work in the very difficult situations we face every day. God’s power to deliver us from the issues and addictions that run and ruin our lives. We will use the exodus story of crossing the Red Sea as an example of God’s power and to remind us that He constantly gives us opportunities to trust Him to do great things. To see His power in our lives, we have to keep moving forward.
God is Unchanging
January 15, 2017 • Pastor Bill West
We live in a world where the one constant that we all face is change. Some things change for the better, some things get worse. We all need a foundation to our lives upon that remains the same and that is the steadfast character of God. We will contrast the shifting foundation that most people build upon with the solid sure foundation that God provides through His Son. We will challenge people to focus their trust and dependency on God and His provision for our lives.
God is Knowable
January 8, 2017 • Pastor Bill West
We all have lots of choices to make about what we will focus our time and energy on in 2017. Losing weight, getting in shape, getting out of debt, deepening our family relationships. We will seek to motivate us to make knowing God more intimately and personally this year. Even after knowing and following Jesus for 30 years, Paul’s passion was to know Him even more. He knew that he had just scratched the surface of what God had for Him.The same is true for us. God’s desire is that we know Him intimately and personally. He has revealed himself through his word and through His Son. We will seek to motivate all of us to passionately pursue knowing God this year as never before.