It’s Complicated Sermon Series

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

 
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This coming weekend we are starting a new sermon series called, “It’s Complicated.” The topic of relationships is always a well-talked about subject, whether the person is married or single. God has created us as relational beings and sometimes in our relationships with our spouse or the opposite gender, there are always conflicts and issues that come up.

The way Hollywood describes relationships it seems as if everything should end happily ever after, but many of us know that not all relationships end up this way. The current divorce rate tells a different story. All the broken hearts from broken relationships show us that things don’t always end up the way we want it to. In essence, it is more complicated than we expected.

In the myriad of relational issues, the Bible has a lot to say about marriage and singleness. It is my prayer that whether we are married or single, this sermon series will shed new light to a topic that we are all familiar with.

We always want things that are simple and easy, but in reality anything that is worthwhile requires a lot of hard work and time. I want to give biblical principles to help us lay a good foundation for a successful marriage. And to the singles in our church, I want to give practical biblical points to not only trust in this season of singleness, but to learn how to prepare ourselves for marriage in the future.

We are asking God to bring clarity to this subject that is sometimes so complicated.

Don’t forget to invite a friend!

The New Generation and Church

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

The Barna Group did some research on what teenagers look for in a church. I thought it was interesting to note some of the conclusions that they came up with. Many of the conclusions affirmed a lot of what I have been thinking about.

The Barna Group found out that teenagers today are some of the most religiously active people in the United States. This confirms the whole Generation Y phenomenon of wanting to connect with something greater.

But what do they look for in a church?

First of all, according to Barna’s research, the most common spiritual activity for a teenager is prayer (72%), while the next most common activity is attending a worship service at a church (48%). This is in some ways different from the older generation (Gen X). The younger generation wants to engage in corporate forms of worship and spiritual expression.

But the Barna group warns that this has been waning.

Secondly, they view church as a place where they can connect with God. Barna writes, “When asked to choose between a church that teaches the traditions and background of their faith or a church that teaches how their faith should influence everyday decisions and lifestyle, most teenagers preferred the latter (39% versus 16%).”

We are at a crossroads.

There is a whole generation rising up who are spiritually hungry for the very Presence of God, but the Church is faced with a question – “Is the church conducive (or the best avenue) for people to experience God’s Presence?”

This might challenge us once again about the importance of experiencing God’s Power and Presence through our worship times. I have always hungered for the day when people will receive visions, spiritual gifts and even healing while we are in corporate worship. This means that the people of God will have to become “undone” and lay down everything before the throne of God as we lift our praises to Him.

People cannot have a second-hand experience of God… it must be a visible and a viable experience that is rooted in the Bible and open to the power of God to work in our lives.