Sermon

Acts: UNSCHOOLED & ORDINARY?

Do you ever feel I'll equipped to make a significant impact with regard to your faith?  If so, you are not alone.  While we may walk through life imagining the first disciples to be spiritual giants, the truth is that they were ordinary people just like us.  What made them extraordinary, was when they relied on God's Spirit and trusted Him for the direction of their lives.  

If you are reading along with us this week (Acts chapters 3 - 5), then I am sure you saw verse 13 in chapter 4 that says, "When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus." Ordinary people who were willing to simply trust God completely saw extraordinary things take place, because they had been with Jesus.  That same Jesus, who is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) is available to all who are willing to trust Him, even if we feel rather ordinary. What a tremendous hope He is!

Luke: ALONG THE ROAD

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend celebrating with family.  I know that it is also an important time to remember those who have paid the ultimate price for the freedom we enjoy each day.  One of our liberties that is all too easy to take for granted is the freedom of religion.  As we have been studying the Gospel of Luke, we are able to take time each day to open the Bible and consider the life of Jesus.  A freedom that some are not able to enjoy as we do. 

This week is our final week in the book of Luke.  Please take some time to read chapters 22 - 24.  As two men were walking along the road full of discouragement, Jesus showed up and encouraged them through the Scriptures.  They did not even realize that it was Jesus until He broke bread with them.  At that point, their spirits were lifted and they ran to tell the others.  I am not sure if you are wrestling with discouragement or a lack of hope, but I do know that Jesus is present walking beside us all the time and just like these men, it is possible to be unaware.  Just realizing His presence should offer hope. Let's connect with Him this week, as we are free to do so.

Christ-centered Life: DEALING WITH LIFE STORMS

How do you respond when an unexpected trial or crisis arises in your life?  Life storms are not something that we tend to welcome with open arms.  When they strike, usually we have little to no control regarding the timing of their initial impact, their severity and the length of time that they remain. Our only variables seem to be related to our response; how we face the squall, and who we invite to join us as we seek to weather the storm.  Storms are part of life and they are also one of the greatest catalysts for spiritual growth and maturity. Join us this week at Embassy Suites in Ashburn for an unforgettable service - featuring a few people sharing about their storm encounters that they were simply thankful to have survived. J10 Church meets at 10am, but come a few minutes early to enjoy beverages, sweets and some good conversation!