In this world, you’ll have struggles. You’ll face opposition. You’ll be challenged. And there’s a reason for that: this world is not your home. So, answer hate with love, find joy in the midst of trials, and rely on a strength beyond yourself. You’re meant to be … Different.
This series is a study of the books of 1st and 2nd Peter and covers topics like how to respond to persecution and culture in a world that's increasingly pulling away from God.
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October 27, 2019
For nearly 2,000 years Christians have waited patiently for God to choose the day when He would send Jesus back to this earth, to call His saints home. His delay over the last 2,000 years has left many wondering if Jesus is going to actually return. As with anything, it is hard to wait. It is hard to be patient. However, His delay is for a reason, and in fact, it is a really good reason. This morning as we conclude our study through 1st and 2nd Peter, we realize that we are Different because my God is patient.
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October 20, 2019
At our fingertips we have access to unlimited amounts of information. We can browse the web, and research any topic we want to learn more about. This is a great time to be alive. However, with so much information out there, how do we determine what is true and what is not? This is especially important when we talk about our faith. There is so much information and interpretation about and of the Bible, how do we know what’s true? Today, we will emphasize the importance of what it means to stand on truth.
October 13, 2019
As followers of Jesus, we strive to be holy, but life can be hard. Daily we are bombarded with lustful thoughts, temptations, trails, bad news, and difficult situations. No wonder it’s hard to keep our guards up when all of this is thrown in our faces. However, when we remember the promise of Jesus, eternity with Him in the presence of God, it makes our choice straightforward. Today, we will look at some basic qualities that will keep the promise front and center.
October 6, 2019
Do you worry? Do you carry with you anxieties and doubts? Are you looking for someone to help share your burden and your load? Friends, as a follower of Jesus, you are Different, and you have a place to go when the weight of this world seems to be too much. You have your church family. You have leaders who are shepherds who care about you. You have other West Side Christians who want to walk life’s hard road with you. You have a big God who knows even the tiniest detail about your life. The only question you have left to answer is this, “Will I humble myself?”
September 29, 2019
Does it ever feel as if your faith has isolated you? Perhaps you have family members who don’t understand why you choose to abstain from certain things. Perhaps you have neighbors who don’t agree with your faith and beliefs. In times such as these, we may face persecution and pressure as a follower of Jesus. It is in times such as these that we must galvanize together as the body of Christ. Today, we are going to unpack what it looks like to stand together.
September 22, 2019 - Founder's Day
One hundred and twenty-two years ago, fourteen people met, in the former National Normal University, here in Lebanon, and founded the Lebanon Church of Christ. Since that day, our church has faithfully served this community. Generation after generation has participated in the relay of our ministry and has passed the baton gracefully to the next generation. We are a part of that great relay, and as we reflect on our history, we will determine how well we are running our leg of the race.
September 15, 2019
As followers of Jesus, the eyes of the world are upon us. They are watching how we act and how we respond. They see the good that we do but tend to highlight our weak moments. We have been called to stand out … to be Different. We should never be afraid to stand out. When faced with opposition, that is our call to love and do what’s right. Today, we will unpack all of this as we walk through 1 Peter 3.
September 8, 2019
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession” (1 Peter 2:9, NIV). These words of Peter have often provided comfort to Christians in times of struggle and doubt. They indicate that we belong and that we are His. However, what does it mean to be His chosen? Today, in our second week of Different, we will find out just how special it is to be God’s chosen people!
September 1, 2019
As a follower of Jesus, we are granted a massive gift called salvation. This salvation saves us from our sins and the punishment of our sins, death. But there is more. Salvation gives us hope. Salvation makes us holy. Salvation is a motivator. Salvation makes us different. Today, we will explore our salvation and the difference it creates in our lives.