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The Ascension (2 Kings 2)

It is a scene that has caused a lot of wonder and a lot of confusion: Elijah being taken into heaven. Why does this happen to Elijah? Why does he not just live a normal life and die like all the other prophets of God? Why is there a special event surrounding the end of his life? We are kicking off our study of 2 Kings by looking at the life of Elisha in a series entitled Bold. The end of Elijah’s ministry is the starting point of Elisha’s ministry as Elisha looks to carry on the work that Elijah began. Not only this, but the life of Elisha is filled with strange miracles like floating axe heads and killing mocking children. What are these miracles supposed to be teaching us? What is God teaching us about our faith as look at this transition from Elijah to Elisha?

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Selfless Gifts (1 Corinthians 12-14)

We have been looking at how we can move from being selfish to selfless. The problems in the Corinthian church arose because of their selfish thinking. They had divisions, jealousy, fighting, and strife all because they were putting themselves first rather than thinking about others. In our first lesson, we overviewed the book of 1 Corinthians and saw that the message is that life is not about me. God has ordered the world and salvation so that no one will boast in themselves. Instead, if anyone will boast, they will boast in the Lord (1:28-29). In our second lesson, we noted that Paul is teaching us to consider ourselves as simply servants. In our third lesson, we learned that our bodies to not belong to us, but to God. God created us and purchased us. In our fourth lesson, we learned that we are not to use our knowledge to hurt the gospel or the faith of others. We learned that we do not use our rights, whether it be our rights as humans, as Christians, or as Americans, if it harms the gospel and does not reflect Jesus. Paul told us to lay down our rights for the good of others. In today’s lesson we are going to look another problem regarding selfish thinking from chapters 12-14 of 1 Corinthians…

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Who Is Like God? (Micah 6-7)

We have been looking at the prophecy of Micah which helps us understand how to maintain faith while living in times of great wickedness. How can we maintain faithfulness in a broken world? In this final prophecy of Micah, he has declared what God wants in the first eight verses of chapter 6. God is not asking the impossible from his people. God is not asking for a bunch of religious activity. God is asking for their hearts to love justice, show mercy, and walk humbly before the Lord. But now God is going to tell the people what he is going to do. What God says is going to tell us a lot about the character of God. It will also tell us how we are to live during dark days and difficult times…

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Hope When Hopeless

This year’s preaching theme is called Hope Starts Here. After a year like 2020 we needed a year where we can see how God gives us hope in hard times. In our message today we are going to talk about having hope when life seems hopeless. Suffering often presents great challenges to our faith. We can hear all kinds of bad information about the reason for suffering in the world. In fact, some will even use suffering as the argument against the existence of God. If there is God, they ask, then how can there be so much suffering and pain in the world? Sadly, I do not think good answers are often given to this question. Often we have not heard good answers for our suffering as we try to serve the Lord. God does give answers for suffering in his word. He has not left to us to wonder why the world is the way that it is or why we go through suffering in life. God did not promote ignorance as the basis for our worship. In fact, God gives a lot of answers for our suffering. In last month’s lesson called Hope When Crushed By Trials, we looked at Job’s response to trials and these gave us some answers about suffering and how to respond when trials strike us down. In this lesson we are going to look at human suffering and what God says about what is going on. Open your Bibles to the Gospel of John as we will look at what Jesus says about suffering and how he gives hope to the hopeless. Let’s look at two pictures in Jesus’ life from the book of John…

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