Imagine standing before God and hearing Him say, “Now, let’s talk about the spiritual gift I gave you….” Do you smile or shudder when you think about what He would say next?
We’ll study together those passages of Scripture that tell us how to use our gifts in ways that please the One to whom we are accountable.
No series on spiritual gifts would be complete without a message on which gifts should be left off the list. Everyone agrees that gifts like encouragement, service and mercy are still being given by the Spirit of God, but what about tongues? Prophecy? Healing? If you’ve heard of these gifts, I’ll bet you have an…
What’s your superpower? I know you’re no superhero, but if you are a Jesus-follower, you are supernaturally gifted. I hope to help you discover the gift God has implanted in you and how to best use it to channel His love and power.
There’s a reason why athletes and actors thank all those people you’ve never heard of when they win an award. It’s because they know that without a behind-the-scenes team, they would never achieve the success that makes them famous. They are merely the tip of an iceberg of talent.
Christ’s church has that same mix of center-stage and backstage people who together accomplish what no one could accomplish alone. We are going to pull back the curtain and celebrate those unsung heroes who give so much of themselves to help others find and follow Jesus.
Can you believe that God wants to use you like no one else?
It’s true. Your heavenly Father created you, and Christ redeemed you, and the Holy Spirit has equipped you to share His love with others in a totally unique way.
I hope to help you begin a discovery process that will lead to you being used by God like never before.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth once said, “If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.”
We smile because there is nothing quite like talking about other people, especially if it’s juicy. The problem is that it kills relationships and damages everyone involved, including you.
So how do we discuss issues and others in a way that makes life better? Listen as we study the discipline of building each other up. Who knows, maybe I’ll slip and say something that you can talk about over lunch. Kidding…don’t do that!
Very few of us make it through life without at some point being hurt deeply by others. Perhaps that’s because we, as Christians, are being conformed to the likeness of Christ, and we can only become like Him by experiencing what He experienced.
We are going to see how Jesus treated those who hurt Him so that we will know how to treat those who hurt us. For a sneak preview, read John 13!
Few things are as stressful as decision-making, because every decision changes your destiny. Where you are today is the result of all the decisions you have made.
No wonder we ask God to tell us what to do. So much is at stake, and we don’t want to blow it.
But how can we receive from a God who is so often silent the guidance we need to make good decisions? The Book of Proverbs gives us some great answers to that question. If you’re not at a fork in the road right now, you will be soon–so I hope you’ll join us this Sunday to learn how to know which way to go.
Sticks and stones might break bones, but if you really want to hurt someone, there’s no more powerful weapon than words.
But what if you want to really help someone? Again, words are the most life-changing gift we can give.
So how do we use our tongue as a force for good rather than evil? The Proverbs give us several answers to that question, and we’ll search them out.
I don’t have to tell you what the Bible says about sex outside of marriage. “Thou shalt not commit adultery” pretty much sums it up.
But what you need to know, living in a society that makes infidelity look more delicious and less dangerous than the Bible does, is why God forbids it, and how to avoid it.
This Sunday at White Pine, we’ll look at the “before” and “after” pictures of adultery, and we’ll learn what we have to do to keep from taking the bait.