As we continue in our collection of talks about Jesus, we read in John 15, Jesus says "I am the true vine". Just as a branch cannot bear fruit without the vine, we cannot fully live our purpose without Jesus. He already has a spoken word over our lives. When we abide in him and obey his commands, we walk into the abundance he has for us.
The desire to know and grow with Jesus is fulfilled by allowing Him to steer our paths. As we continue our March to Easter with the collection of talks entitled, "Jesus," We learn more about Jesus, the Good Shepherd who guides, corrects and protects us along our journey. In John 10 Jesus declares that " I am the Good Shepherd", the good shepherd that lays down his life for us, the sheep. Unlike shepherds who are hired, He is a gatekeeper, our creator who knows each of us by name. It is by knowing this that we can fulfill everything we were called to do, believing that wherever we go, God goes with us.
Pastor DawnCheré encourages the women of our community that no matter what comes our way, we can rest assured that Jesus is calling us onward to His great purpose every day of our lives. The journey of life is meant to be full of adventure and excitment, but sometimes it's easy to lose track of this when the seasons are tough. When we surrender it all to Jesus and keep our eyes toward heaven, we can find the true meaning of rest, responsibility, and relationship.
From the moment Jesus set foot on this earth, the world wondered who he was. As we continue our collection of talks entitled, Jesus, we learn more about his purpose on this earth and in our lives. In John 10, Jesus said, “I am the door”. Not a door that separates, but a door that opens our access point to heaven. God desired our presence so deeply that he removed the barriers and permanently opened the door when he sent his son Jesus.
As we continue in our collection of talks entitled, "Jesus," Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. expands on another facet of Jesus' identity - The Way, The Truth, & The Life. Three bold statements that frame a context for how we are to view God. Jesus is The Way: thank God we don't need to find our own way home, but that we can simply follow him home where we belong. Jesus is The Truth: you can know the truth and the truth will set you free. And finally, Jesus is The Life: apart from him we are dead in sin, yet he gave his life that we might live.
Knowing a person's name is a crucial starting point in developing any relationship. However, to truly know someone, you must dive much deeper past that initial starting point. As we begin our march towards Easter, Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. starts a new collection of talks simply titled, Jesus.
Through these talks, we will develop a deeper understanding of who Jesus is. Jesus mentions 7 different names in the New Testament that describe who He is. We begin this relational journey with coming to know Jesus as the Bread of Life.
Let's talk about sex. This could be an uncomfortable topic to talk about in church, but the truth is, it doesn't need to be. Often, people will look in many places for advice about sex before looking to see what God has to say about it. Yet, as the designer and creator of sex, we know that God is the ultimate authority on the topic.
Today, Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr guides us through this touchy topic in the final talk in our Love On The Weekend collection.
In this talk, we learn the lies that the enemy uses to try and distort our view of sex. Finally, we learn how God designed sex and intended for it to be used, the right way.
The quality of your love dictates the quality of your life. In 1 Corinthians 13, God gives us the exact definition of what love truly looks like. Pastors Rich and DawnCheré walk us through this definition as they continue their “Love on the Weekend” series with a sermon titled “Staying in Love.” They teach us practical ways to protect, trust, hope and persevere as we learn to love others. It’s easy to fall in love, but until we learn what love truly is, we’ll never be able to stay in love. If we want to live well, we’ll learn to love well.
While Jesus’ greatest command for us is to love Him, and love others, that command includes loving ourselves. Before we can love others, we must learn to love ourselves. Pastors Rich and DawnCheré preach together and remind us that God wants to heal our hurts, soothe our aches, and drive us towards our destinies, which He laid out before we were even born. If we want to build healthy relationships, we have to look inward first.
Have you ever missed something that was right in front of you? It's easy to miss something that you're not looking for, Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. recalls in the final installment of our collection of talks on Jonah. It's easy to read the Bible and miss Jesus. Yet, as we listen, we learn how Jonah is a shadow of what is to come. There are similarities throughout scripture that all point to one thing. Our one and only truth: Jesus.