Welcome to our Weekly Recap! We want to equip students and parents to live out the Gospel. One way we thought we could do this better is by looking back on what we learned from Sunday and Wednesday. We also want to look ahead to next week’s teaching. This way you can prepare ahead of time and remember what God has taught us.
This Past Sunday we discussed “John the Baptizer Doubts”. Our main text for the morning was Luke 7:18-23. What we noticed in this passage was that even though John had baptized Christ and had been the one that prepared the way for Christ, he doubted Jesus as the Messiah. The encouragement that we find is that Jesus responds graciously. We get a beautiful look into the heart of the Savior for His people, look at Luke 7:24-30. As we continue in this series we encourage students to think through their doubts and bring them before Jesus, allowing Him to walk through them with us.
Last night we discussed “Doubting God’s Existence”. We wanted to look at the source of why we doubt God. Our three main observations were Cultural Pressures, Feeling of Distance, and Selfish Desires. We all know that our culture can push down on us, but we find encouragement from Christ in Matthew 5:11-12, knowing that we are actually blessed when we are persecuted. We can feel that God is Distant because we don’t feel him there but James 1:12-18 gives us encouragement that He is always by our side even when He seems quiet. Often our Selfish Desires get in the way and we purposefully push God out of our lives because we want what we want. Romans 1:18-23 speaks straight into the heart of this thinking. We encourage everyone to take a moment to read Psalm 145 and Job 38-41 to see what God has to say about Himself and who He is. We also encourage everyone to take a moment and soak in the world around and ask, do I really think this could have come about by accident?
This Sunday is Serve St. Louis! We will NOT have small groups as usual. Instead we encourage students to serve alongside their parents at the various projects. If you don’t know where to serve and want to know more click here for all the listings! You can set the host to Concord Church to see what our church is doing.
Next Wednesday we will discuss “Doubting God in Trials”. Our goal for this sermon is to talk about how we doubt God’s goodness in the midst of trial and suffering. Sometimes the trials and sufferings may not be our own but from what we observe around the world (i.e. hunger, natural disasters, etc). The big question we will seek to answer is, “How can a good God allow people to suffer?” See you then!