In this discussion-style format, Pastor Ian Slentz and Nate Bohn talk about the importance of seeing our true identities in Jesus Christ.
Jesus’s parable about the seed falling on different kinds of soil (Matthew 13) is famous. It’s often simply looked at as an encouragement to us personally to keep on eye on the soil of our hearts. But it also offers great insight into the best way to share our faith.
Pastor Ian shares the truth about what Christians should boast in and ONLY boast in: God’s saving power. Using scripture and the imagery of a mountain climber’s Super 8 device, Pastor Ian describes how trusting in our works is fruitless compared with trusting in the power of God’s salvation and grace.
At some time or another, life is going to be hard for you and for me. In the Gospel of John 16, Jesus speaks to his disciples, warning them of his death. He tells them, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” What was he doing there? He wanted to prepare them, telling them in advance what would happen, so that they could have a proper response and have peace.
Pastor Ian gives us the report on how the Romania Mission Trip went and the realization he came to during his travels.
For Youth Sunday, Youth Pastor Ian talks specifically on the importance of making disciples of the younger generation. In the Great Commission, Jesus calls us to go make disciples. Unlike the Pharisees, who talked the talk but didn’t walk the walk, Jesus never told his disciples to do something that He didn’t also do Himself (raise the dead, heal the sick, cast out demons). The way He mentored his disciples gave them the confidence to live out those tall orders of raising the dead, healing the sick, etc. It is our calling to not only tell our youth the way to go, but to show them with our day to day actions.
Messed up human (you) sanctified by Jesus equals HOLY.
Notes coming soon…
Some Christians feel they are not cut out to be God’s witnesses. Others may err on the side of self-confidence. The Bible declares the truth about the believer’s ability to serve God as His witness – God makes them sufficient.