What does it take to build a strong and vibrant unified community? Is it even possible? One glance around our nation right now and even the most optimistic among us begin to shake their heads and lose hope. Jesus charged his followers with a calling to build His community. He gave us only one law, one command, to build this new community on: Love one another as I have loved you. In this series we’re digging into what the Bible has to say about how to love one another, and build the kind of community this world longs for.
Do you remember Weebles? You couldn’t turn them upside down. You could shake them, spin them, toss them, kick them…no matter what you did to them, they always end up the way they started.
Our world feels like a Weeble. Generation after generation tries to turn the world upside down and shake free the evil that plagues humanity. We try to shake free from war, greed, corruption, injustice, violence, hatred and racism. We kick, twist, spin, shake; but for all the upheavals of history, the world, like a Weeble, keeps ending up the same way.
I’m that way too. Many times I’ve tried to change things in my life…turn it around, upside down and shake things off…only to end up back where I started. I’m guessing you’ve probably been there too.
So what does it take to turn our lives upside down—for good? And what does it take to turn the world upside down — for good?
In this series we’ll explore the things Paul taught a small but explosive church about what it takes to turn the world upside down.
We’re always trying to figure out what to do, especially in a crisis, but what if that isn’t the most important question to answer? Today we’re looking at a prophet named Jonah, who did what God asked him to do (eventually) but never became who God wanted him to become.
Life can often feel like a wheel going round and around. Nothing changes. History repeats. Some will tell you that the answer is to transcend the wheel, to somehow rise above it. The book of Judges shows us that the situation is much worse than that. The wheel isn’t just going round and round. It’s on a downward spiral. The only answer is for someone to break the wheel.
There are a lot of “us’s” in your life. Family, marriage, work, school, neighborhood…they’re all an “us.” Every “us” has needs to satisfy, debts to forgive, and temptations to avoid. And every “us” needs the right center. These messages focus on the center of marriage, what to do with the daily needs of parenting, navigating the temptation in dating, and what to do when an “us” in your life doesn’t live up to all you dreamed it would be.