New Series begins April 8th called Hard Love. In this series we are exploring the challenging aspects that love often requires like Forgiving Forward, Confrontation, Boundaries, and Blessing. If you’ve ever had someone in your life that is sometimes hard to love then you will not want to miss this series! We hope to see you there!
C.S. Lewis famously said “Everyone thinks forgiveness is a grand idea, until they have something to forgive”…and everyone DOES have something to forgive. The question is not WILL we be wounded, but HOW will we respond after we are wounded? In the first installment of “Hard Love,” Dr. Bruce Hebel introduces us to the principles of Forgiving Forward. Using the Lord’s Prayer and the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, Bruce will show us how God deals with our un-forgiveness and what our refusal to forgive others says about the sacrifice Jesus made to pay for our forgiveness. Through the exposition of Scripture, he will show us how much of the torment we struggle with today is directly related to our un-forgiveness and how we can be free of it.
Key Verse: “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed” 1 Peter 2:24.Face to Face - April 15, 2018 - Phil Fincher, Missions and Outreach Minister
When someone hurts us, or opposes us, we have a natural tendency to follow that same trajectory and want to hurt and oppose them in response. It’s a familiar script that we all tend to follow. However, thankfully for us God writes a different story and shows us a completely different way. Unlike us, God is kind and merciful to us when we are cold and indifferent to Him. Jesus revealed this love to us, He blesses us even when curse Him, and in this He shows us fully and finally what love really is. He also invites us to follow Him in this hardest way of love... love and blessing for enemies and opponents.
Key Verse: Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. - 1 Peter 3:9