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.
Last Wednesday we talked about “God, will you…?” The main point of the message was to take a look at our prayer lives and see how they are surrendered to God’s will. We looked at three things that helped us answer that question, What are we praying for, Is God listening, and What are we to pray for? We looked first at the heart of our prayers, why do we pray what we pray? Then we needed to answer the question, do our prayers even matter? Lastly, we wanted to discuss the importance of our attitude when we pray. We looked at the humility of Christ the night he was betrayed as he prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” We left with the challenge, hand over to God the things that we are holding on to.
Last Sunday we talked about “What Do I Ask God?” Again we looked at our prayer lives and how they match up with God’s will. We began by answering how we ask things according to God’s will. We then talked about the hardship of waiting. Often times we think something isn’t according to God’s will because He hasn’t answered it yet, but God is telling us to wait or is saying no. We finished with the encouragement found in Isaiah 25:6-9 to fix our eyes on the eternal rather than the temporal.
Tonight we have our church-wide Thanksgiving Service at 6:30pm in the Atrium. We will worship God, share things we are thankful for, hear a devotional from Pastor Rusty and commission our new deacons. At the end of the night there will be a dessert reception (so everyone has something to be thankful for). This will take place of our regular Wednesday night activities, so there is no evening worship this week.
Next Sunday we have small groups at 11am. You might be wondering why we are meeting when everything else is cancelled. There was a last minute decision to cancel classes, we decided to keep CSM for Sunday morning since we planned our series to go through November 29th. We know it will be a low Sunday but look forward to seeing any that can make it! We will finish our series, “Our Will vs. God’s Will” by talking about “How Do We Make God’s Will our Will?” We encourage everyone to read Matthew 18:1-4, Romans 12:9 and Matthew 19:16-22 to prepare their hearts! See you then!