"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." James 4:8
Peace in the Chaos
Sarah taught from John 14:25-31. In these verses, Jesus is preparing His disciples for His upcoming departure. The disciples are confused and asking questions trying to understand what Jesus is saying. At this point, they can't comprehend why He would leave, and just how He is going to do it. Things in their lives are not calm. Religious leaders are out to kill Jesus and there is much unrest in their lives and Jerusalem. In the midst of this, Jesus says, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as this world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid."
Sarah dug more into these verses and had three main points to share with us as to how we can find this peace Jesus is describing.
1. Presence of the Holy Spirit- we need to be actively engaging with this "helper, who will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all I have said." (Jesus' words in John 14:26)
2. Remembering of His Word- spend time reading and knowing the Bible.
3. Sovereignty of the Father- God is in charge, He is sovereign. The troubles of this world don't win in the end. Jesus is the overcomer of the trouble.
It was a very refreshing night and we are very grateful to all the volunteers who helped to make it a success. May God minister to us through these gatherings and continue to do a mighty work in our hearts.
Our hope with this blog is that we can hear from different voices in our church. May we chose to draw near to God and be inspired by each other.