Three servants were given different amounts of money and depending on their investments determined if they heard, "Well done," or "Get out," from their boss. What does this parable mean for our relationships ith Jesus?
While there is a real, if not painful, weight that we feel when we carry financial debt, there is an even great weight we have with God that could be called our "sin-debt." God, through Jesus, provides forgiveness of our sin-debt, that that forgiveness should change us somehow... but how?
Planted seeds tend to grow. We don't know how exactly, but God makes it happen. The same is true for us as we grow in maturity in Christ. The same is true as we invite people to discover and experience God's ways.
Being a Christ-follower brings light and purpose to life, but to overlook the cost is a problem. Jesus confronted that very issue in two parables of the benefits of counting the cost before major decisions.
Everyone is given a certain number of responsibilities by God. How we manage them over the course of our lives matters a great deal to God, who entrusted us with our responsibilities. So, how can we manage them in a way that allows us to hear, "Well done!" when we meet God?
This short parable of Jesus highlights somethings that seem very evident today: that where you lay the foundation of your life leads to very certain but different outcomes.
In the parable of The Rich Fool, Jesus gives 6 lessons to help us handle our wealth and possessions the right way so that our stuff has its rightful place and God is honored in our life.
The Lord's Prayer is a terrific model of how we should approach God in prayer, but with what kind of effort should we make those prayers to Him?
In this message Lead Pastor, Matt Sturdevant reminds us of the value in investing into the lives of others in order to help strengthen our growth with Jesus Christ.
This past Sunday, Pastor Matt issued a 5 Day Quiet Time Challenge. You can find out more about it at https://nucleus-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/7e82074cc8eb87b09c8183812167bd56cff9bd66.pdf
It's good to have a life built on the strong foundation of a relationship with Jesus Christ. There are three actions you can to deepen that relationship.
Psalm 143:8, 10 gives some encouragement as to the benefits of spending daily time with God as we take our next steps forward on our spiritual journey.
Also, you'll hear updates from our drive-in service on Sunday, May 17, 2020, and about our plans for re-opening the building for worship services in the future.
Join us as our Founding and Senior Pastor Harold Bullock transfers leadership responsibilities to our new Lead Pastor Matt Sturdevant. Along the way, you will learn a bit about the investment of vision and character made by Harold and his wife Deborah over Hope Church's 42-year history. You will also get a glimpse of the influence that investment is having in churches in other parts of the world. Thanks for tuning in to this historic event!
As the stay-at-home period seems to be winding down, and we look forward to the start of summer, what can you look back over the past several weeks and give thanks for?
Everyone wants to be strong. If we are strong, we can rely on ourselves for outcomes. However, there is a surprising benefit to being weak that we can see in the Bible as we look for our strength multiplier.
Your character develops as the pressure builds. Pressure allows us to see what character aspects we need to work on. It also allows us to see where we've grown. How has this COVID season been for you?
We know we need strength to get through our days, but how can we tap into the strength from God to make it through?
There are two "tent poles" that the Bible provides to help us have the most success in all of our relationships.
Where does spiritual strength come from? Where do you get it?
Fear can be debilitating, but we don't have to let the fear run wild. It's a simple truth, but very powerful!
As Hope Church looks to re-opening the building for in-person meetings, there is a lot to take into consideration. It also brings up the question of what the church is and the purpose of meeting. Pastor Harold talks about the history of meetings at Hope Church and the filters we are using as we make our next steps forward.
Recently, Pastor Matt Sturdevant talked about ways we can grow even while in the middle of a crisis.
One of those ways was to take the necessary action. Here Pastor Matt goes into more detail on the action steps of:
This was first presented as a Facebook live event. We all experience a lack in our lives. Often it all boils down to our approach to the situation and the character we possess that consistently trips us up. If we want different results, we need a different approach. How to live a better life?