“God the Holy Spirit”
Fred Hill – Foundations – God the Holy Spirit
“God the Son”
Cam Liske – Foundations – God the Son
This past Sunday as we continued in our Foundations series, we were talking about God the Son – aka Jesus.
I found the preparation of this Sunday so daunting because there is SO much for us to know about Jesus and also because Jesus is a common topic – how do we make it new?
My hope is that, whether it was new/fresh this past Sunday, that it was a call back to the basics, the roots, truly the foundation of our beliefs.
I started off with one simple question – Who Is Jesus? Or put another way, who do you say Jesus is?
This is in reference to Matthew 16:13-17, where Jesus asks Peter “Who do you say that I am?” This question is the foundation and the starting point to our Christian faith. We must be able to answer this question for anything else to truly matter. Jesus is the centre and the foundation of our faith. If we fail to fully or properly answer this question, we are building on a faulty (or possibly even wrong) foundation.
My encouragement for you this week is to read the Scripture – Old & New. Begin to put into words who YOU say Jesus is. Not just the things you learn in church, or learned in Sunday school, but truly who you, in your heart, say He is.
If you need a good place to start – read the book of John.
Another good place is the passage I focused on this past Sunday – Colossians 1.
I would love to hear your “answer” to who you say Jesus is – it can be as short/simple or long and complex as you want it to be. Please email me your thoughts to email@example.com.
As we continue in this series, I pray that week after week we are laying a firm foundation (or re-affirming the foundation that is there) so that we can build on the strongest foundation possible – for the glory and honour of God.
I had fun on Sunday (Dec. 27th) sharing some of the things that God has been working on in my life – my hope is that they may also prove beneficial for you.
There are two questions that rocked me a couple of months ago when I was working through Craig Groeschel’s book Chazown. Honestly answer this question for yourself: If money were no option, what would you do for the rest of your life? Then answer this question; What do you believe is the number one most important thing God wants to accomplish through you?
Perhaps like me you had easy, ready answers for the first question. Maybe they included things of God, or perhaps they were more focused on things like beaches, golf courses, travel, rest and relaxation. That’s okay. I have those dreams too.
And perhaps, also like me, you struggled to come up with a quick, ready answer with the same amount of enthusiasm for the second question. What is the one most important thing God wants to accomplish through you? I had some ideas, but not real clarity when I worked through this. So I decided to get intentional about it. I believe I need to be clear about what God wants to achieve through my life. So I spent some time reviewing where God has gifted me, what experiences He has carried me through and what passions he has placed on my heart. With those things in mind I set a course for my life that I believe will be impossible for me to achieve, and yet possible for God.
I encourage you to take time over this New Year’s season to ask yourself; Where am I going this year? “Look straight ahead; and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path.
Don’t get side tracked; keep your feet from following evil.” (Proverbs 4:25-27)
If you accept the challenge feel free to share your findings with me if you’d like (see attachments below). I promise to pray for you through the year and to hold you accountable to your plans. Send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness. All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” (Proverbs 14:22-23)
I look forward to hearing from you and working with you as we each seek God’s plan for our life and our community together.
Happy New Year!
December 30, 2015
“God the Father”
Matt Adams – Foundations – God the Father