[Weekly - Su/M] What did you learn/teach at church?

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
Staff member
Because my wife and I join our Sunday school class over Zoom at the same time our church livestreams the Sunday morning service and because said livestream is updated and made available on Tuesday mornings instead of immediately, I've taken to watching services a week later rather than live. (If COVID-19 cases start to trend downward, @Ember and I may try returning to church in person without the kiddos in the near future.)

Last week's sermon continued a series on 1 Peter and the call to holiness. The sermon focused on holiness in the home and the husband-wife relationship. At the end of the sermon, our pastor challenged us to examine areas where we struggle in holiness toward our spouse and to seek out the counsel and experience of older Christian couples who have withstood the challenges of life.
 

Kendrik

Moderator
Staff member
Our pastor had family matters keeping him away the last couple of weeks. He was back this week to finish out a series on loving difficult people. Really good closer. Big take away for me was that in a world all in on us vs them, the us vs them for the church isn't this church vs that church, this mindset vs that mindset, or even the church vs everyone else. Rather, the us vs them is Christ vs the evil one.

My inclination this year is to take after ol' Treebeard and say "I'm on no one's side because no one is on my side." This weekend more than ever have I felt "everyone outside this home is now a them." The sermon really challenged me on that.
 

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
Staff member
This past Sunday, our pastor taught on transformational ministry. Verses referenced included 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 8:29, and 1 John 3:2. One key lesson from the sermon is that the church should be focused on inward transformation, not outward religion.
 

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
Staff member
TIMESHIFT

I've been watching livestreams one week after they air (Are they still livestreams at that point? We need a :thinking: emoji.) and last week's sermon was on hospitality. And it was an uncomfortable sermon because this is not something I excel at. I like to be kind to others when it's convenient for me and on my own terms. I also like reserving a space for myself. Sometimes that's keeping healthy boundaries, but I strongly suspect that more often, it's more a matter of me being selfish with my time and resources.

But enough about me! The key verses for the sermon were Acts 28:23, 30-31.

The sermon was definitely a challenging one, but I'm praying it will help root out that selfishness I mentioned before...
 

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
Staff member
Last Sunday's sermon (which I watched yesterday) was on the subject of intentional growth in our faith. The pastor taught from Colossians 2:1-7 and used the illustration of "walking" to tie together the main points. He opened by explaining that "to walk" means "to make progress and to make use of opportunities." He emphasized that the moment we come to a saving faith in Jesus is not the end, but rather the beginning of a life-long walk with Christ. The Bible teaches us how to walk well and God uses other Christians to help us along.
 

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
Staff member
October 11's sermon was on the topic of generosity and, wow, did it kick my butt. Generosity has never come easily to me and this sermon definitely convicted me of my tendency toward selfishness. The pastor used the story of the woman and the alabaster jar in Mark 14:1-9 (and in other books of the Bible as well) to illustrate the lesson. The sermon point that challenged me most was that generosity begins with where you are and what you have.

Another great sermon!
 
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