Join us as we learn some lessons from the message of the cross.
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)
Jesus’work on the cross is finished… but his work in you and I is not. He wants us to experience the fullness of a relationship with him. Jesus wants us to experience the power of his resurrection every day. This is why he gave his life. Jesus arose on the third day and we are waiting for him to return right now. The Good News is that today you can be forgiven, and you can give Jesus your heart and your life right this moment.
September 9, 2018 Morning Worship Service | Pastor Carl McCray
Special music: Hannah Sanders Interpretive Movement to “Living Hope”
Message: Imagine Going Home
The Webster’s dictionary defines home as the place where you live permanently. Having a home means no matter where you are, you have a permanent place to go. Home, in the eyes of God, is not necessarily a place but can be found in a person named Jesus. Home is where the presence of Jesus is (Mark 5:21-24). Even right now, we can live in the presence of Jesus today.
Today’s scripture tells us about two people who interact with Jesus, Jairus and a sick woman. They are very different individuals from very different homes. Jairus, a synagogue leader, had a sick daughter that he could not heal but he knew someone who could. The sick women had suffered for years under the care of many doctors and could not get better. Regardless of their differences, they both understood that they needed to be in their true home – in the presence of Jesus.
The presence of Jesus brings life into the most hopeless situations. Think about your life. What are your struggles? Whatever you are going through, nothing is hopeless with Jesus – no matter how impossible it seems. Nothing is hopeless when Jesus is involved. When all seems lost, God invites us home back into His presence. Imagine going home!
“While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 5:35-36 NIV
We have been exploring how to live and lead like Jesus. Today, we are going to take a closer look at the greatest of all commandments found in Mark 12:28-31. We will break them down so we know what they mean and how to put them into practice. These words to live by reminds us:
If you want to live a Christian life that is pleasing to God, It all comes down to this: loving God, loving others, and also loving yourself. In everything we do, we need to remember that God comes first. Our top priority is loving God, and then everything else falls into place. If your love is not where it needs to be, if you lack love for God and for others, what is the step you should take? That step is to repent and ask God for forgiveness. You have a choice.
Our attitudes should be like Jesus (Philippians 2:5 NIV). We should learn to walk as He walked. It’s safe to say that we can’t walk on water or perform miracles, but we can walk in His ways. The Jesus way directs attention to God. The Jesus way is motivated by love. The Jesus way helps people identify the “one big thing” that is standing between them and God and salvation.
In Mark 10:17-22 NIV, we learn about a rich,young ruler who asked Jesus what he must do to obtain eternal life. The one big thing that was holding him back from salvation was his wealth. Do you identify with the rich, young ruler? Have you dealt with the one big thing that is holding you back from a relationship with Jesus?