When Mary greets Elizabeth, the Holy Spirit prompts corporate Worship. John, the baby growing in Elizabeth’s womb, leaps with joy, Elizabeth honors Mary and recognizes her faith and Mary glorifies the Lord. Together they worship God and experience His presence. How do you experience God in Corporate Worship. Do you come prepared to meet God? Are you open to the work of the Spirit, recognizing who God is? Are you changed and called to action as you leave each week? Corporate Worship is vital to our spiritual growth, let’s “not give up meeting together” (Hebrews 10:25). Rather, let’s worship God together and be transformed.
We conclude our three-week series on Marriage and Relationships this Sunday with a special message from guest speaker, Barbara Yandell. Her message on “Singleness” (and the church) will help us refocus our understanding on what it means to be part of God’s family and how we should live and love and do ministry with everyone within that family. Barbara is a dynamic mission mobilizer who founded “Hope for the Nations” and a board member of the Alliance of Reformed Churches. But, she will be sharing with us from her perspective as a single woman who has never been married what have been some of the blessings and disappointments she has experienced.
Drs. Matt and Marka Steensma will share from their hearts things they have learned in their own marriage along with biblical truths on how God designed marriage to be an intimate relationship. It is within that relationship that we will experience much joy, happiness, and fulfillment. As physicians they also have a unique perspective on how two are made one “… and they will become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24). PARENTS: THIS MESSAGE WILL BE FAMILY FRIENDLY!
We are excited to welcome Steve Norman from “Winning at Home!” Steve is a pastor, award-winning author, speaker, and coach who loves to communicate the truth of God’s Word. Steve is a gifted speaker who has spent the last 25 years serving local churches in the Detroit and Grand Rapids areas as a church planter, teaching pastor and lead pastor. He will share an inspiring message using humor, storytelling, and practical illustrations from his own personal experiences. Plan to join us on this date as we not only focus on the mystery of marriage but receive the tools we need to build a better marriage and deepen our relationship with God.
Join us for our final message in our Daniel Dare Series. This week we will learn how to stand up to the cultural tool of Misrepresentation. How is it that Daniel gets thrown in the Lion’s Den? Daniel 6:3 says, “Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators” which led to them wanting to stand him down out of jealousy. So, they misrepresented him, in a way, to the king. Daniel doesn’t get mad, or fight back or bad mouth his rivals, he simply continues to give glory to God and serves the king. How can we continue to stand in the midst of a world that misrepresents us?
We all know what it means when we hear the saying, “The Handwriting is on the Wall”. But do you know where the saying comes from? Daniel chapter five is the answer. King Belshazzar, the vassal king of Babylon, is warned by God in the middle of a banquet by an aberration of a handwriting four words upon the wall – Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin. Once again Daniel is the only one who can interpret the cryptic message. Join us Sunday as we explore the interpretation Daniel gave to the king and the message God has for us as we stand in a culture trying to stand us down.
Do you remember that old TV show, “Lost in Space”? Where that really bad prediction of a robot would warn, “Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!” That’s how I see Daniel Chapter 4, as a warning of Danger on the horizon for King Nebuchadnezzar and for us if we don’t change our ways. Chris Hodges says, “Virtually everything around us reinforces the delusion that we can and should control our own destinies” That has been Satan’s lie from the beginning of time and he uses the sin of Pride as the way he gets us to believe it. King Nebuchadnezzar believed the lie wholeheartedly and his unwillingness to heed God’s warning led to dire results, but God was willing to restore him, and He does. Join us Sunday for this intriguing chapter from the Book of Daniel.
“Misplaced Worship” – Daniel 1:1-2; 3:1-6; 6:1-10
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Be careful what you worship, for what you are worshiping you are becoming.” We are created to worship. And so, we will worship someone or something. Our culture is constantly smothering us with alluring idols to worship. Often without us even recognizing them as such. But other times culture demands that we worship at the altar of its gods. While at other times culture tells us we are not allowed to worship God. What are you becoming? Who are you or what will you worship? Join us as we learn how to stand up in a culture of idolatry.
What’s in a name? Shakespeare posed this question in his play, “Romeo and Juliet” It turns out there can be a lot of meaning tied up in a name. But what’s more important is our identity. Where do you find your identity? Is it in your name, your title, your children, your accomplishments or do you find your identity in Christ? If our culture can’t cause us to mistake our identity, our core values, or our convictions we will be able to stand up. This week we will take a look at just how Daniel stood up for these and more in the midst of the Babylonian cultural milieu.
Have you ever ended up in a particular situation or place and thought to yourself, “How did I end up here?” I’m sure that’s what Daniel and his friends must have been thinking as they found themselves in the service of a pagan king 900 miles from home. This week we are going to answer that question. How and why did Daniel end up in Babylon? And maybe the bigger question is, “Who was responsible for their exile?” Join us as we begin our Fall Sermon Series, “The Daniel Dare: Standing up in a culture trying to stand you down.