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Part of Passionate Worship is being prepared for worship. An outline is available Saturday mornings to help you be ready to learn at worship. [View Study Guides]
We hear a lot about “renewal” in our culture. There is concern about using renewable energy sources to protect our environment. Some people call for urban renewal to save our decaying cities. Others say our infrastructure must be renewed as highways crumble and power grids are stressed. This renewal mindset spills over into the church as well and is typically called revival. There is something in us that longs to get out of the “same old, same old” rut we oftentimes find ourselves in spiritually speaking. More times than not, our desire for renewal or revival looks backward as we long for the “good old days” or desire “that old-time religion.” But, while the Bible makes it clear God wants to renew and refresh His people, it is not to return them to the way things were. No, in every case, He has a better future in mind.
As the Lord spoke through his prophet, Isaiah, “But forget [what happened in the past] – it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland…Yes, I will make rivers in the dry wasteland so my chosen people can be refreshed.” (Isaiah 43:18-20 NLT)
In his book, Revival Rising, Mark Nysewander chronicles historical revivals in the past in anticipation of the next great move of God. In it, he points out, “Revival hope is an experiential taste of what’s coming in the future.” As a result, he suggests that maybe revival should be called previval since it is a taste of what is yet to come in terms of God’s love, power, and glory.
Beginning August 6, we will explore five types of “previval” God uses to renew both His Church and the world. Please plan to join us each week and let’s pray “that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” (Acts 3:19b NIV)
August 6 Personal Previval (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
August 13 Relational Previval (Mark 12:30-31)
August 20 Missional Previval (John 17:18; Acts 20:24)
August 27 Structural Previval (Matthew 9:16-17)
September 3 Cultural Previval (Acts 5:28; 17:6)
Starting July 9th, our Children’s Ministry team will be conducting a “Maker Fun Factory” themed VBS. Each night, the children will explore different topics that illustrate how we are all lovingly created by God for a purpose. These messages convey the depth of God’s love for us and are applicable to both young and old alike. During the month of July, we will be sharing these truths with the entire congregation by incorporating each of the 5 VBS themes into our Sunday morning sermons. Join us each week as we explore how God loves us and has built us for a purpose!
Pentecost falls on Sunday, June 4th this year. Originally, it was a Jewish harvest festival, but for Christians it commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ followers fifty days after His Resurrection. It is described in Acts chapter two and has been called, “the Birthday of the Church.” For the first Christians, Pentecost was more than a one-time occasion, it became a way of life as they lived and ministered in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. During the month of June, we will explore how we too can be Spirit-filled by “Living in Pentecost.” Through this four-part sermon series, we will examine what we can expect to happen when “the Holy Spirit comes and fills [us] with power from heaven.” (Luke 24:49 TLB)
June 4 Living in Pentecost (Craig: Transmitter; Rudy: Fusion)
June 11 The Wind of Pentecost (Craig: Transmitter; Rudy: Fusion)
June 18 The Fire of Pentecost (Terry: Transmitter; Mindy: Fusion)
June 25 The Language of Pentecost (Craig: Transmitter; Rudy: Fusion)
May is oftentimes “gift giving” month as we search for appropriate presents for our moms for Mother’s Day, for friends getting married, and for family members graduating from high school or college. While we all want to find and give the perfect present to our loved ones on these special occasions, there are probably some even more important gifts for us to give to those we love and care about. In a four-part series this month, we’re going to “God’s Home Store” on Sunday mornings in search of appropriate gifts for our children, parents, spouses, and church family members. In a world where the family is under attack and relationships are strained to their limits, we need to be reminded of what God’s Word has to say about the subject. We’ll discover the Lord has some valuable commodities He wants us to share with those closest to us.
May 7 Gifts for Children (Transmitter: Craig; Fusion: Rudy)
May 14 Gifts for Parents (Transmitter: Craig; Fusion: Rudy)
May 21 Gifts for Husbands and Wives (this sermon will be preached at Transmitter on 5/21 and at Fusion on 5/28 by Craig)
May 28 Gifts for Church Family Members (this sermon will be preached at Fusion on 5/21 and at Transmitter on 5/28 by Terry)
According to the gospels, Jesus spent most of His ministry in Galilee. But near the end of His earthly life, Luke tells us, “Not long before it was time for Jesus to be taken up to heaven, he made up his mind to go to Jerusalem.” (Luke 9:51 NIRV) Jerusalem was more than a place to which Jesus wanted to go; it represented the fulfillment of His mission where God would save the world through His suffering, death, and resurrection. Christ also invited His would-be followers to join Him on this journey (see Luke 9:22-23). But like it was for Jesus, Jerusalem is more than a mere location; it involves pursuing a particular way of life. During the season of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter, we will join Jesus “on the road’ so we can learn how to live as God intended and fulfill our own mission.
March 12 Introduction (Luke 9:51)
Following Jesus is a difficult way of life. We are willing to be on the road with Jesus when we are convinced that He is the way, the truth, and the life (see John 14:6)
March 19 The Road to Selflessness [or Self-Denial] (Luke 9:23; Luke 22:42)
While we tend to be selfish, Jesus calls us to live unselfishly. What does it mean to deny ourselves? How do we become like Christ and say, “Not my will but yours be done?”
March 26 The Road to Action (Luke 9:57-62)
Following Jesus requires more than “good intentions;” we have to do the right things.
April 2 The Road to God’s View (Luke 19:41-44)
How do we view the world, especially sin and wickedness? God’s heart aches over such matters, do ours?
April 9 The Road to Sacrifice (Luke 9:23-27; 23:26)
What does it mean to “take up your cross?” How is the sacrifice required of us illumined by Christ’s ultimate sacrifice?
April 16 The Road to Resurrection (Luke 24:13-35)
If we want to follow Jesus and live in His eternal presence, we must travel the paths of Scripture, hospitality, and fellowship to experience the Risen Christ.
April 23 The Road to Mission (Luke 24:44-49)
Jesus fulfilled His earthly mission and then left it in His disciples’ hands, telling them to be His witnesses and minister in the Holy Spirit’s power.
In 2012 Lynn Haven United Methodist Church embarked on a courageous missional decision. The Church decided to buy a stand alone recreation and fitness center in an effort to help people transform into the people God created them to be. The work done here in the days since resonates with how Luke describes the growth of Jesus from a young man to an adult as he grew “…in wisdom, and stature, in favor with God, and in favor with others.” (Luke 2:52). To be honest, some have suggested that “doing church” in a gym in a manner like this is an impossible mission, yet by Jesus’ model & the power of the Holy Spirit, we’ll see how this is a mission possible. During the month of February we will use this example of Jesus’ life to guide our conversation about who Fusion has been, who we are, and who we desire to be in the days ahead.
February 5 Introduction/Wisdom
February 12 Stature
February 19 Favor with God
February 26 Favor with Others
In his gospel, John introduces Jesus in this way: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14 NIV)
Later, in his New Testament letter, John claims: “Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:6 NLT)
Since Jesus lived a life filled with grace, we should too. In this four-part series, we will explore how we might enjoy God’s undeserved favor by “living grace-fully.”
On September 18, we will begin a new sermon series called “Margin.” Based on a book by that title, it will address the devastating feelings of overload and stress that are so prevalent in our world today. Margin is the space that should exist between our selves and our limits. It is something held in reserve for contingencies and unanticipated emergencies. We will investigate what the Bible has to say about the dangers of living on the edge and how God’s Word provides relief that brings us emotional energy, physical health, financial security, and satisfying relationships. With more “margin” in our lives, we will be more available to follow God’s will and serve His eternal purposes.
September 18 Margin: Introduction
September 25 Emotional Margin
October 2 Physical Margin
October 9 Time Margin
October 16 Financial Margin
October 23 Margin through Balance
October 30 Margin through Rest
November 6 Margin through Contentment
November 13 Margin through Simplicity
November 20 Margin through Gratitude
The human body is made up of a number of different systems that work together to keep us alive and healthy. These include systems such as the respiratory, digestive, muscular system, and so on. When those systems are functioning correctly and are in balance, good health results. In a similar way, a church is multi-dimensional and has many different facets. When these various functions are kept in balance and are working properly, it produces a healthy church that is enjoyable, attractive, useful, growing, and honors God.
Aug 7 The Reproductive System: Hospitality
Aug 14 The Respiratory System: Worship
Aug 21 The Digestive System: Faith Development
Aug 28 The Muscular System: Mission and Service
Sep 4 The Skeletal System: Generosity