In our last series, Better Together, we learned that God has created us to be known and to live in community with others. While it sounds nice to belong to a tribe of people who love and support you, it often doesn’t always work out like this does it? Sometimes it’s the relationships that we interact with the most that are the most troublesome to us in our lives. Sometimes it’s because personalities don’t mix and sometimes, if we’re being honest, it’s because we just don’t the other person all that much. Other times, the tension in these relationships is caused simply because our values and priorities in life are not the same. Or maybe what’s really causing the strain on the relationship is the past hurt you’ve experienced from them. In this series, we will be taking a look at what the Bible has to say about these relationships in our lives and how, as followers of Jesus, we can work to respond in the way Jesus would.
What would your life look like if you experienced joy in your life every single week?What if you could be joyful no matter whether you were having a good week or a bad one? How would that change your life? How would that impact those around you? And what does it look like to have real joy in the midst of difficult times? Those are some tough questions to answer aren't they? The Bible actually has a lot to say about experiencing joy and even so far as to say that God enjoys when we enjoy life. In this week of our series Framily, Pastor Stephen talks about how God has designed us to live a life full of joy and what the Bible has to say about living a life that reflects joy even when our circumstances are tough.Watch Message
Last week, we learned about the kind of love that God asks His followers to show to others. An unconditional, selfless, proactive love. A love that loves even when love is not shown back. But for many of us, it's tough just keeping our own life together let alone have the mental, physical, and emotional capacity in order to love and give to others in the way that God asks us to. If you find yourself in this place in life right now, this week's teaching is for you. Pastor Sean talks about why we often find ourselves exhausted, overworked out, with no margin left to give anyone else and gives us 4 tips to find a more healthy rhythm to carry you through the seasons of life.Watch Message
You probably familiar with the "Golden Rule". You know, the one that says "do unto others as you want them to do to you?" Chances are you've heard someone mention that or maybe you yourself even strive to live out this rule. In essence, we are to leave others alone, keep to ourselves, and provide good to others if we expect to be treated that way. But in the first week of this series, Pastor Sean shows how Jesus took this saying a step further. He tells us to proactively do things for other people that they are not doing for us. Isn't this something that easier to do for some people than for others? It's easier to show love to someone who loves us back. Or it's easier for us to help someone we know will return the favor, but when God asks us to love and serve those who don't (and probably won't) love and serve us back, it begins to test the bounds of how far we will really follow Jesus.