In Mark 1:29-31, Jesus had been teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. Afterwards, He entered the house of Peter’s mother-in-law who was found sick with fever. Jesus simply took her by the hand, lifted her up, and healed her of her fever. Then, she began to serve.
What I think is so profound about these few verses is that they are the foundation by which our relationship with Christ is built. Let’s examine what these Scriptures reveal about 1. what Christ has done and 2. what we should be doing.
1. What Christ has done: We need to view ourselves as Peter’s mother-in-law in the story. We must realize: 1) that ALL of us are sick……not with fever but with SIN (Rom 3:10/3:23/5:12). 2) that Jesus came to us when we were too sick to come to Him (John 3:16/Heb 4:14). 3) that Jesus took us by the hand and brought us near to God by dying for our sins on the cross (Eph 2:13). 4) that Jesus lifts us up out of our messy life (Psalm 40:2) when we accepted Him as our personal Lord and Savior. 5) and that Jesus heals every place of our heart (Is 61:1) and makes us complete (Col 2:10)!
2. What we should be doing: We should be just like Peter’s mother-in-law. As soon as Jesus came to her, took her by the hand, lifted her up, and healed her, she only had one response……she SERVED! In Luke’s account, the Bible says she ‘immediately’ arose and served them (Luke 4:38). If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and you know that He has lifted you up out of a life of despair and healed broken places in your heart, then your first response should be that you would be serving Him by serving others!!!
Youth Ministry consists of 6th-12th grades. On Sundays, our discipleship class is offered during second service and starts at 10:45 am. Our junior-hi class will be made up of 6-8 graders and our hi-school class will be made up of 9-12 graders. On Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm, all of our students (6-12 graders) will meet in the youth sanctuary for corporate worship, word, and prayer.
Sundays – 10:45 am: Currently during our Sunday services, we are teaching a new curriculum called ‘XP3 Students’. This curriculum has been designed to teach children how to pursue an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ, develop their identity and security in the person of Christ, and to demonstrate to the world the love of Christ. If you are looking for an environment where your child will be taught the Word of God while being exposed to His endless love, then please feel free to come join us. And to top it all off, we usually have snacks and drinks to kick-start the service….YUMMY!!!
Wednesdays – 6:30 pm: Our Wednesday night services consist of worship, preaching, and prayer privately and corporately. These services will include Bible-based teachings that will give you the tools you will need to make Godly decisions, an opportunity to hear what the Holy Spirit is speaking to your heart, and a chance to make a huge impact in the lives of your friends and family!!! Our desire is that through the preaching of the Gospel, you will discover that your acceptance, identity, security, and purpose are solely rooted in the love of Christ!
For the month of April, I will be preaching a series titled ‘Help Wanted”. In this series, we will be teaching from John ch. 11 and our focus will be on what we can look forward to when we find ourselves in a situation where we need help and no one is there that can help us. As we pray, we can look for 3 things to take place…….1) We can reach Jesus: No matter what we pray for, not matter what we ask of God, every time we cry out to Jesus, we can reach Him! He’s never too far away and He’s never too busy. We can rest knowing that when we pray, we can reach Jesus! 2) We can receive Jesus: Even though we may not get what we are praying for when we want it, we can know for certainty that when we pray, we always get an answer! And that answer is Jesus. He always comes when we call. He is the answer that we need no matter what we are praying for or praying about. Because when Jesus comes, things always change! 3) We can release Jesus: When we finally realize that what we were praying for pales in comparison to Jesus Himself, we can let go of what we were praying for and release Jesus to do more in our lives and through our lives. Once we die to our selfish motives and desires, we will experience God releasing His Holy Spirit in our lives in ways we never thought possible.
During the month of May, the series we will be teaching is called ‘Let It Go”. “I just can’t let it go.” “They don’t deserve to be forgiven.” “It hurts too much to move on.” Maybe you’ve heard your students say something like this in the midst of pain, frustration and anger towards someone who has hurt them—or maybe you’ve said or thought something similar yourself. Choosing to forgive someone who has hurt us is never easy. So why does it matter so much that we do it? How do we know when we should do it? And how do we know we have actually been healed from the pain an offense has caused? How do we simply let it go? To find out, we will see you Sunday!
YOUTH GROUP RULES:
May 19: Feeding Program Mission, Greater Faith Church, Details to follow.
May 27: Memorial Day Fellowship, Details to follow.
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