Essential Practices Series

Essential Practices of the Faith - Six-Week Sermon Series
October 13 - November 20
 
Jesus commanded us to do some very hard things: “Rejoice when bad things happen,” “Never be anxious,” “Forgive someone over and over.” And then he went out and practiced them every day. He teaches that if we will do them as well, our lives will be better—like raising the sail of your boat. Doing these difficult practices positions you to answer some of life’s difficult questions:
  • What do I do when things are going wrong?
  • What do I do when someone has hurt or offended me?
  • What do I do when I’m worried or afraid?
  • What do I do when the pain of a loss won’t go away?
  • What do I do when I need help with a decision?
  • What do I do when life seems so difficult?
But how do we actually do the practices and live as Jesus did? How do we actually practice the hard things that Jesus taught? Over the next six weeks, we will explore together the practical how of these “Essential Practices of the Faith.” Step by step, we will learn what we can actually do when the hard questions of life come our way.
In the bulletin, you will find a set of questions to reflect on to prepare you for each week’s topic. Each topic is broken down into steps that we will walk through together as a congregation during worship. You are invited to journal each week to help you be a doer of God’s word, not just a hearer. Be warned, you may be transformed to be more like Jesus!

 

Weekly Sermon Topics

October 13/16
If you aren’t panicking, perhaps you don’t understand the situation.
What do I do when things are going wrong?

October 20/23
Love my neighbor? But my neighbor is a dork!
What do I do when someone has hurt or offended me?

October 27/30
The weight of worry worries me.
What do I do when I’m worried or afraid?

November 3/6
Actually, I’m a little mad at God right now.
What do I do when the pain of a loss won’t go away?

November 10/13
If God wants me to hear him, he’s going to have to talk louder.
What do I do when I need help with a decision?

November 17/20
So, what do I do when life stinks?
What do I do when life seems so difficult?