If you are a Christian chances are you know where to turn for questions like the above. Most likely you are part of a church and have a personal relationship with God, our Heavenly Father. At the same time you probably have friends or family members that ask the same questions over and over yet do not know where to turn. And you wish they do, you wish they attend a church with you.
Thanks to your support and contributions Capital River of Life Christian Church has been a church home to many for the past 10+ years. We are so grateful to you. We exist to not only provide Christians a place to worship, but to also provide the unchurched an environment to explore life and God. And we have done just that, over half of our congregation have come to faith with Jesus Christ and have gotten baptized here.
Welcome to CROLCC and the month of December! December is a special month for us. It’s a month of celebrations and gatherings with loved one. It’s a month of reliving that good old Christmas story again and remembering what Jesus did for us 2000 years ago. It’s a month that many in this country decide to attend church because of traditions, because of activities, or simply because of an invite from a trusted friend. Would you in this month think about and pray about inviting someone to church? Either someone you have been thinking about or someone you have just met recently? The truth is, while it may be frightening to get the nerve up to ask someone to come to church with you, that same person might thank you later for acting so courageously. Because he/she finally found the God he/she was looking for.
Like I told you like week today I am going to talk about giving. It’s not really a sermon but more like a message to those of us that called this church home. My prayer is that you would be challenged to adopt a superior habit of giving. If so, the difference we can make by doing so in 2014 would be immeasurable.
The church is the hope of the world because Jesus is the hope of the world. What an awesome privilege it is to take a portion of my income and put it into a church that is obedient to Christ. Will you accept Kevin’s challenge to tithe to the local church during 2014?
Changing Your Mind
You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
2 Corinthians 9:11
1. Talk about a time when you gave money to meet someone else’s need. How did it make you feel?
2. What most motivates or excites you about giving money to help others?
3. In the message, Kevin urges us to give first, save second, and live on the rest. How does this differ from the way you currently organize your budget?
4. How would tithing 10 percent of your income change your sense of involvement in the mission of the local church?
5. What is the biggest barrier to you tithing 10 percent of your income to the local church?
When God? (3) – When God is Late (John 11:1-45)
We are wrapping up our series When God? and the point of the series is to remind all of us that the experience we have about God being inattentive, uncooperative or late is universal, and that you don’t have to lose faith over that. We said in the first week that when God seems inattentive, look back and remember God’s faithfulness in your life. Look outside and reflect on God’s activity in the world. Then last week we talked about when God seems uncooperative, learn to take “no” for an answer and when you do, you will experience His sustaining grace.
Today we are going to talk about when God seems late, and the question associate with this topic, “why doesn’t God do something about that?” And to address that we are going to look at a story in the New Testament where we seemingly found Jesus being late, yet he really wasn’t. You probably have heard of this story, but this time we are going to read it together as if we are the main characters of the story. Because I think when we do that, we will be able to hold firmly onto our faith when God seems late in our lives.
When God is late in addressing your problems or answering your prayers, it can be difficult to know how to continue on in faith. But the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead offers a picture of hope in the midst of a hopeless situation. If you continue to trust God through your pain, he will eventually show you his glory.
1. Talk about a time when you were late arriving where you were expected
2. Read John 11:11–14. React to the idea that Jesus allowed Lazarus to die so that his disciples could see God’s glory and believe.
3. Has a painful circumstance ever caused you to question God’s love for you? Explain.
4. In John 11, Jesus’ late arrival resulted in Lazarus’ death, and great suffering for Mary and Martha. How can Jesus’ resurrection of Lazarus give us hope when we suffer loss and God offers no obvious miracles?
5. Read John 11:35. How does knowing that God isn’t too big or too distant to understand your pain change your perspective on suffering?