Faith Forum: A Changing World But an Unchanging God?
Let's talk About It!
Monday, May 16, 1:00 p.m.
and Monday, May 23, 7:00 p.m.
Led by Pastor Kyle.
In September 1957 Sam Cooke released the song You Send Me. A classic! Now, if you know the song, you might have a hard time thinking of those lyrics applying to God. But have you ever longed for a relationship that revs up your heart? Or even have you ever just wanted something to last? Everyone has those desires. When there is something exhilerating it “sends us”. In the same way the love of God has sent each of us, armed with that love, into a world that desparately needs it. We are sent!
Our mission statement, To glorify God by encouraging discipleship of Jesus within our congregation and throughout our community, is about sending. Mission statements send. Over the last many months we have been making more and more of this known and there’s a lot more to come! It is who we are and it is who we will become!
All of us have a major role to play in this mission. One place we learn about it is in Matthew 28: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” Notice:
Francis Chan said, “Christians are like manure, if you leave it in a pile it will stink. But if you spread it, it will make things grow.” And I will take it a step further – YOU will not grow much in your relationship with Jesus unless you spread out. Unless you are a part of going deeper into each other’s lives and into the world around us.
God’s love saves us, transforms us and sends us. So at Saron this is what you’re going to see: more of us growing like crazy in our relationship with Jesus, taking care of each other like we never have before and bringing that love into our homes, neighborhoods, jobs, families, schools. Truth: everyone in Big Lake needs their lives to be in Jesus and you are commanded to “Go!” It starts with you saying yes to knowing Jesus more and then wanting to be more a part His plan.
How about it? Does Jesus “send you”?
You might be restless for warmer weather, or to finish school, get off those crutches or complete a big project. Often, though, our restlessness isn’t so easily identified, it just teases and stirs and sometimes torments. So we try to “get away” or seek a change of some kind – a new job, new look, new car… but the restlessness will soon return.
Thomas Edison said, “Restlessness is discontent – and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man – and I will show you a failure.” Restlessness can be good if it pushes us toward positive changes in our lives or the world around us. A mom and her 14 year old son battled almost daily over how he dressed and, frankly, smelled. She was embarrassed by it and knew it affected how others treated him. That spring, two weeks before his fifteenth birthday, she was surprised to hear the shower going… and was that the sound of a razor? Later when he came out looking (and smelling) more human he asked if she would get him some new clothes. Turns out, of course, he had met some girl…
We become restless when we cease to be comfortable with the way things are. Love can make us restless. But love (any kind of love – friendship, dating, marriage, parent/child, plain old compassion) can also make us dream. I’ll say it again: love can make us dream. In so doing it is also the cure for restlessness. Augustine said, "You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you." In the perfect love of Jesus we find both rest and a restlessness born out of that love – a restlessness with our own sin, with the needs of the world and people who are lost. This is a godly restlessness that gives us purpose and drive.
Restlessness is spiritual. If you are restless in any way for anything and it’s driving you crazy, here’s what you absolutely need to do: you need a P.L.A.N.* to get into God’s rest.
And your restlessness will be transformed into purpose. The peace of
Christ be with you.
*P.L.A.N. modified from words by Max Lucado
Timely topics to challenge our minds and hearts.
Next up: May 16, 1:00 p.m. -- A Changing World but an Unchanging God?
Wednesday, June 22, 7:00 p.m. be inspired by Spoke Folk!
Spoke Folk up to 30 15-20 year olds from all over the United States and beyond participating in a 12-day biking and musical ministry tour. They bike during the day and share an evening concert/worship service with each host congregation.
Spoke Folk is very passionate about sharing and living the Gospel through biking, music and community, and we are excited and blessed to have them return to Saron again! And you will be blessed when you attend!
Join us for Cave Quest VBS July 31st-August 4th, where kids explore the rock-solid foundation of Jesus’ love. At Cave Quest, kids explore what it means to follow Jesus through dark times, by experiencing incredible Bible stories kids see, hear, touch, and even taste! Sciency-Fun Gizmos and team-building games are just a few of the cool standout activities designed to help faith flow into real life.
VBS is open for children age 3 (must be toilet trained) through 5th grade.
God loves our community and wants us to pray for it! Please join us for the third annual Big Lake Area Prayer Breakfast Thursday, May 5th from 7:00 - 8:00 am at Carousell Works. Free light breakfast and simple prayer together, led by area church leaders. Sponsored by the Big Lake Ministerial Association, including Amor Viviente, Bridgeview, Living Waters, Lord of Glory Lutheran, Mary of the Visitation Catholic, Saron Lutheran and Spirit Life.
New Series starts March 7th!