- ReadTestimony, this Sunday, and EasterHarvest ConnectBrian Smith's sermon and testimony
I was super encouraged by Brian's sermon and testimony on what God taught him through his 40 day fast. If you missed it you can get it online here.
Several of the ideas have been bouncing in my head this week. Particularly his awesome point from 1 Cor 6:12: "'All things are lawful for me,' but not all things are helpful. 'All things are lawful for me,' but I will not be dominated by anything." Brian talked about our freedom in Christ and how we can enjoy good things that God gives. But he encouraged us to ask ourselves, "Is there a freedom I'm abusing? Am I being dominated and led by something like food?" Great question!
It is amazing to think that someone could do a 40 day fast. But it reminded me of James 5:17–18:
Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.
Brian is a regular man who follows an extraordinary God. The power is in God working through us. Let's be obedient to him and how he leads us this week!
- ReadLove Accelerates Mission, moreHarvest ConnectJesus Builds: Witnesses for His Love
How will people know that Jesus was sent by the Father? And how will people know that the Father loves them? Jesus says that the world will know these things when they see our unified community. People will see a love that defies everything they have ever seen and it will be proof to them of Jesus' identity and God's love.
"The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me."
And we know that love is in its ultimate form when we love people that do not love us. In that moment we become a picture of God's love through the cross.
The Pulpit Curriculum is available on our small groups page.
- ReadNo Service TodayHarvest ConnectNo service tonight because of the weather
The weather is just starting but according to forecasts it will start to get bad around 5pm. It is particularly hard for people who live west of Ashburn.
We are going to have an informal fellowship and prayer time at 5pm at The Zoe Center. But only come if you feel it would be safe!