What do you want? - You see, this is the arc of your life; this is the whole story of your life. What do you really want in life? Do you want recognition? Do you want to be significant? Do you want to be powerful? Do you want to be successful? Do you want to be loved? Do you want to not be lonely anymore? Do you want the pain to stop? Do you want to have an amazing eternal relationship with God? Because whatever you want is what you're going to go after! And you may cloak your life in religion and God stuff, but the reality is if you want God, you're gonna go after Him! If you want the world, you're gonna go after it!
The truth is, you and I are all going to do what we want to do, and if we never take the time to sit down and honestly evaluate what we want, we will never be in an honest enough place to move towards God. -Dr. Drew Shofner
We are on our last week of our fast looking for vision and direction personally, and as a church community.
These last two weeks might have been hard for you, or they may have been the best two weeks of your life. You may be confident of the direction God wants for you, or you might still be wondering what you should do next.
Whether you’ve had a spiritual breakthrough or not, God is moving in your life and in the life of this church. He is going to do something big in 2016…something new and something wonderful.
This is what the Lord says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
You might be wondering how to best discern this new thing God wants to do. Here are some tips to help you figure out how God is calling you to his purpose in 2016.
In your prayer time this week spend some time asking God the following questions and then write down what transpires during your time with him.
This step is important. When you write something down it becomes clearer to you. Your written impression of your sessions with God will also be helpful when the enemy tries to make you think you made it all up; when you doubt your purpose or direction you can refer back to these times with God and be certain of his calling on your life.
Why am I here?
What experiences do I have that will help others?
What am I most passionate about?
What gifts or skills do I have that you want to use for the Kingdom?
Look at the last few years:
What does God have you doing now?
Does he want you to continue?
Do you need to change your serving focus based on the above questions?
How can you plug into the church using your past skills, experiences, and passion?
Look at the next three years:
Where is God leading you?
What are the three biggest barriers to you carrying out what God wants you to do? What can you do about them?
Where are you feeling stuck?
Where do you want change?
If Jesus was sitting across from you and said, “If time and money were not an issue, what would you do next?” what would you say?
If you are still having trouble discovering what you are supposed to be doing, ask someone to pray for you.
If you know what you are supposed to do next, ask someone to pray that you have the courage and strength to step out in faith.
By the end of your fast, you should have a better idea of what to do next.
When you discover where God is calling you, be sure to go to ServernRun.com and sign up to serve or give, and also remember to share with us what God has placed on your heart.
In Matthew 18:20, Jesus said, "For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst."
If you want to grow spiritually, prioritize your personal relationship with Jesus. Only a small percentage of us meet weekly. Most of us are every other week or every third week. I want to challenge you in 2016, if you want want a new life, begin some new practices and just commit to say "nothing matters more than my personal relationship with Jesus," therefore I'm going to be a part of the rhythm of God's life in worship! -Dr. Drew Shofner
Worship Services at Severn Run are cancelled on Sunday, January 24, 2016 due to the snowfall!
We really don't like cancelling services! Let's face it: we look forward to Sunday each week, so it's a bummer to call it off, BUT have no fear, the internet is here! We wanted to put together a quick service that you and your family can have at home in the comfort of fuzzy socks.
Welcome to Severn Run from your home!
Settle in and see what's up this month: You can catch The Rundown every week by showing up 5 minutes early!
Let's jump right into Worship!
Listen and/or sing with the first three songs on this playlist to get started.
Let's stop to pray.
As an individual or a family, take a couple of minutes to pray. Thank God for the qualities you appreciate about him and were reminded of during worship. Ask him to open your hearts to learn more about him. Ask him to protect those braving the roads to clear snow and for those who may not have a place to call home during this weather.
God is up to amazing things at Severn Run!
Last week we gave you the challenge to take a jar with $5 and multiply it. We have seen some amazing ideas come from this and this week we are featuring an idea from Chris Poldervaart called "Hope Story." Check out his video below about it or visit his website to learn more.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)
You can only understand freedom if you know what it means to be enslaved. Slavery, in its most basic form, is the state of being owned by someone or something. We can all agree that slavery is a dark mark on the history of our nation. But even in our modern times, we are each subject to being owned by something.
When something is more important to you than Jesus, it owns you. Every decision you make is driven by it. Every thought you have surrounds it. Each day you are compelled to get more of it. More money, more love, more food, more drink, more ______________ (enter the name of your favorite secret passion). What you had yesterday wasn’t enough, and each day your thoughts become more and more centered around how to feed the sin that owns you.
But Christ has set us free. When nothing is more important to you than Jesus you can be free. The burden of sin is lifted. The yoke of slavery is removed from your neck. The desire for your sin no longer directs your path. Your dark thoughts are invaded by light. Your want for more is filled with more of Jesus. More love. More peace. More joy. More compassion.
Jesus set us free for freedom. Freedom to not be ruled by our carnal desires. Freedom from the desire to fulfill the flesh.
In your own power you do not posses the ability to free yourself from the burden of your sins. You cannot save yourself from the thoughts or words or actions that you shouldn’t have, say, or do. You cannot lift the yoke from around your neck. You do not have the power or the strength.
But God does. Because nothing is impossible with God.
Look to Jesus and know that nothing is better than your relationship with him. Trust that the yoke burdening you can be lifted by God.
Stand firm! Don’t look at the ____________ (the name of your temptation) and think, “That ____________ is so great. I would really miss ____________.”
Because nothing is more important than your relationship with Jesus.
Everything changes when you become a servant of Jesus. Every desire, every passion, every pursuit is centered around and fulfilled by Jesus’ purpose for your life. Your words, your thoughts and your actions stop feeding your sin and start building the Kingdom.
True freedom in Christ is freedom from the pull of sin. When Jesus controls us, sin does not. Stand firm in your freedom. Do not allow the lure of sin to call you back into its grip.
Because nothing is impossible with God.
Time to respond in worship through song:
Now it's time to respond in worship through giving:
Let's pray together for our gifts. "Lord, nothing is more important to me than my relationship with you! Thank you for the free gift of salvation that created the opportunity for me to be your well-loved son/daughter. Because of your sacrifice on the cross, we come before you to offer a small portion of what you have given us. Use my gift to help others who do not yet have a relationship with you come to know you as their Savior. Nothing is impossible for you, Jesus! This is why I choose to trust you with the important areas of my life. Thank you for loving me and caring for me. Amen!"
Now let's celebrate our way out with one more song!
Listen to or sing with the last song:
Did you worship from home? Let us know how it went in the comments or by posting a picture to our Facebook page, or on Twitter & Instagram with #SevernRunSnowedIn!
In Luke 18:27 Jesus replied, "What is impossible with man is possible with God." There are only two possibilities: This is either true, or the God of this book is not real! This is a belief that will change everything about your future!
What is impossible in the normal standard of human life, human intelligence, human ability, the laws of physics as they are normally understood and in the human physical realm--well, with God, it is quite possible!
Jeremiah 32:27 says "I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?" You and I need to memorize Luke 18:27 and Jeremiah 32:27 and we need to ask ourselves "Is anything too hard for me?" When we are hurting and when things are not going our way, "Is anything too hard for me?" is not a question because most of the time our eyes are not on the Lord. They're on our checkbook, they are on our relational problems, they are on our children, or our parents, our schoolwork or job, but they are not on the Lord!
When we are faced with the impossible, we need to understand that what seems so life suckingly important in this moment is not more important than my personal relationship with Jesus. So that's what I'll prioritize, and as I do that, I will face this challenge knowing that nothing is impossible with God! I will hear God say to me, “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?"
The truth is, the God of the Bible, the God of creation, the God who began everything in an impossible way, began it all with a word! The Bible says that in the beginning, God spoke and because He spoke, the impossible happened--something was created from nothing!
When Jesus came onto the scene as the very heart and face of God on planet earth, He did the impossible from the beginning: water becomes wine, the blind see, the lame walk. Those who had never seen a sunrise saw God's mercy and grace and the beauty of creation in the touch of Jesus! Those who had never heard the voices of their loved ones or the songs of God in worship, with a word, with a touch, with a smile--the cripple walk and dance!
God is a God who redefines reality. Jesus took what was little, with the lunch of a little boy offered up freely to him, and He took the loaves and the fishes and He did the impossible and He fed 5,000 people! And just to show that little, in the hands of God, is more than enough, there were 12 basketfuls left--that's impossible! Oh wait, nothing's impossible with God! Impossible futures are not impossible when we look up! -Dr. Drew Shofner