Guest speaker Pastor Mike Allard has had God stretch him. As pastor of Crossroads Fellowship in Houston, TX, he struggled to lead his church through the financial troubles that came with the Great Recession in 2008. God stretched him, and through that time, he realized that God is always faithful.
In order for our spiritual house to remain standing in the storms of life, we must be built on a solid foundation. That foundation is Jesus Christ.
We all know people who have let cynicism, bitterness and complacency that mark their life. They were excited by their future and the call of God at one time, but over the years, they had lost that zeal. How do we keep hold of that motivation, and not become "that guy"?
The last thought that Jesus emphasized while on earth was the importance of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is given to believer to help us and grow us in the things of God. He stretches us by helping us to manifest the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness & self-control.
We take communion to commemorate the sacrifice that Jesus made for us, and to show our commitment to Him and the new covenant. But Jesus' teaching on communion has always been controversial-even his closest followers found it difficult to understand. Pastor Samson Varughese shared with us this week on how we are stretched by our practice of communion.
The first step to following Jesus' command to make disciples is to learn to disciple ourselves. Pastor Clint Smith shares the 3 keys to discipleship: digging into scripture, constantly seeking God in prayer, and building healthy and authentic relationships. These disciplines will stretch us, but in the process we will grow and mature.