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Throwback Thursday – July 21, 2019
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This past Sunday was a really special Sunday! We had not one, but two guest speakers! Bob Shelton, the leader of our Community Bible Class, spoke to our first service and Justin Gammon, our student pastor, spoke to our second service.
Bob shared a message titled “Living by Faith”. Hebrews 11:1-2 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval.” And in verse 6 it says, “And without faith it is impossible please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that HE is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”
Bob gave us three important things to remember about faith:
- We are encouraged in our faith by remembering God’s past faithfulness.
- We grow in our faith through complete obedience to God’s direction.
- We find joy in our faith as we seek a deeper relationship with God.
Justin shared a message titled “Come Thirsty”. Justin explained how powerful it is that Jesus chooses not to leave us, but to be with us at all times. Jesus says in John 7:37-38, “Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” Just like our bodies need water to survive, so our souls need Jesus to truly live. If Jesus living in us is our “spiritual water”, what do our lives look like when we’re full of Him? Our lives our characterized by the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23… “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.” But when we quench the Spirit of God inside of us, when we neglect Him and don’t cultivate a growing relationship with Him, we can get into a spiritual drought. Then our lives become the opposite of those things found in Galatians 5.
The cool thing about these two messages is how closely related they are. How do we prevent the spiritual drought that Justin talked about? We do what Bob encouraged us to do- reflect and remember God’s past faithfulness, obey His direction, and seek deeper relationship with Him. When we’re thirsty, Jesus’ invitation to “Come” is an ever-open one. We don’t have to wait until we “fix things” to come to Him. He’s waiting to embrace us at EVERY moment with His arms open wide!
POINTS TO PONDER:
1. Do you find yourself doubting God’s faithfulness?
2. Out of the Fruit of the Spirit, which one is most prevalent in your life and which is lacking the most?
3. What’s one step you can take to grow in godliness this week?