Posts Tagged ‘Hebrews’

We Have This Hope

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Message by Pastor Cindy

Pastor Cindy shares why we must look at the cross when life hurts most.

Text: John 16:33; Hebrews 6:19-20

Download PDFPlaySubscribe via iTunes

His Name Is Jesus

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Message by Pastor Tom

When the angel tells Joseph, you will give him the name Jesus, it is saying a great deal because embedded in his name is the focus of our worship, the authority of our ministry, the resolve against some injustice, and the authority of our message.

Text: Matthew 1:18-25

Download PDFPlaySubscribe via iTunes

Digging Deeper Into God’s Word

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Message by Pastor Tom Cowan

Don’t know how the Bible equips us for life? Pastor Tom shares about 5 things that the Bible equips us for life, when life gets dangerous and things get tough.

Text: 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Download PDFDownload study guidePlaySubscribe via iTunes

True Worship

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

“For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come. Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.” — Hebrews 13:14-16

Worship is an experience where we come before God to meet God and to offer to God that which shows our dependence and gratitude, our joy and struggle at being the people of God in the world. Worship is not always comforting, although it can be. Worship is not always uplifting, but it can be. But whatever worship is for most of us, we also need to realize that gathering in the presence of God to worship can be dangerous.
Writer Eugene Peterson captures this when he writes: “Sometimes I think that all religious sites should be posted with signs reading, “Beware the God.” The places and occasions that people gather to attend to God are dangerous. They’re glorious places and occasions, true, but they’re also dangerous. Danger signs should be conspicuously placed, as they are at nuclear power stations. Religion is the death of some people.”

Why is worship dangerous? It is dangerous because it can upset our little worlds. It can throw our lives into a tailspin. It can upset our neat, tidy, predictable world by opening it up to God. And once God is present, things can’t be the same.

But the reality is that many churches and believers avoid true worship. They avoid it by not preparing well for it. Coming to church tired on Sunday morning because we failed to get enough sleep the night before will affect our worship. They avoid it by focusing only on one aspect of the service – the songs or the prayers or the sermon. They don’t allow God to speak to them through all parts of the service. But most of the time we fail to worship and encounter God because we come to church with a guarded heart and mind. We don’t want to let God get too close. We don’t want to open ourselves up to be changed at the core of our being. And so we aren’t. We may feel good for a while. We may have our quick fix that will sustain us maybe until Tuesday. But we haven’t really met God.

What about you? Are you here expecting to meet God? Are you here with an open heart and mind to what God wants to say and do in your life? Or are you just here?