In times of struggle or grief, many wonder to themselves if God is even there? During these times they (or maybe we) can feel helpless, lost or even alone. For Kevins message tonight, he shared a message of hope about a savior that is both close to us and cares for us deeply.
Compassion was one of the cornerstones of Jesus's ministry. He showed us through his words and actions how we are to show compassion to others. For Drew's message tonight, he asks the question, who is it that you are withholding compassion from? Showing compassion is easy if we like the person who is suffering but Jesus's example challenges us to show compassion to everyone, despite our feelings for them.
As Christians we are called to be bold for Christ. We are called to share God's word with others and let the world know the truth of the Gospel, but sometimes our idea of what boldness is might be distorted. In David's message tonight, he talks about what boldness is, what it isn't and how we can learn to rely on Christ to carry out his will.
You be forgiven if you thought that Paul's imprisonment would have made him upset or at the very least, a little anxious. Judging by his letter to the Philippines, the opposite was true. In Rodney's message the talked about how Paul's circumstances led him to grow in his faith and find joy in doing so. No matter what struggles you are going through, God can use that situation to draw us closer to him and cause us to grow stronger in our own faith.
The storms in our lives are painful to endure and while we are struggling with them, they may seem to last for an eternity. Jesus shows us both literally and metaphorically that he can calm the storms around us. For John's message tonight he talked about how Jesus is there with us through our storms and will transform us and strengthen us for our betterment.