The look at the life and character of David continues, this week examining David's loyalty throughout the span of his life. Even when his life was in danger and Saul's jealousy chased him, David stays true to his character and loyalty. Jonathan and David's relationship is another example of incredible commitment to each other and to God. Do we display such loyalty to God and each other in our lives?
The story of David & Goliath. Throughout his life David had been faithful with the little things God had set before him to do. When God called him to a seemingly impossible challenge (Goliath), David tackled it with confidence and assurance. David knew who God was, he knew who he was with God, and he knew God would take the battle for him.
This is the start of a new series on the life of David. It will cover highlights of David's life that illustrate his character and point us to Jesus as the Messiah.
Brad talks about our experience as we grow in our faith and the work of the Spirit moving in our lives to sanctify his people and make us holy.
Allen wraps up the 2 Peter 1 series.
Peter talks about how Jesus' story is credible, it really happened and they were there to see it. It wasn't something made up out of man's imagination, but something we can know to be true. We can live out the words of Peter and walk and grow in love because we know them to be true.
As we get to know God, we become more like him. We become less concerned with taking and more concerned with helping the people around us. Peter reminds us of these things, knowing that we easily forget the vision God sets before us.
What we do matters. Because we are saved and have faith, we do good works. It is not the other way around. Allen digs into the next verses in 2 Peter 1, addressing how we confirm our calling and live out our faith as effective Christians.
If we learn to apply God's promises, we can escape the decadence of the world and begin to love and live as God designed.
God says he provides all we need to live godly lives, but why is it that we don't always see ourselves lining up with this? Allen discusses this and how we must receive what God offers us. The more we get to know God and center ourselves on Him, his divine power provides us all we need to live a godly life.
Allen starts an in-depth study of 2 Peter 1, which looks at how and why we get to know God better and the natural outflow of grace and peace from that.
In closing the book of 1 Peter, Adam examines what a leader looks like through the lens of Peter. As Christians, we are leaders that are called to humility, leading by example and standing firm in the faith.
Peter addresses our motives for doing good and for suffering, looking through the lens of our life with Christ and the hope that gives endurance.
We dig into how godly submission affects our identity and relationships in the world.
What does it look like to live life with others in mind instead of our own self interests. Even though living this way is hard, Peter explains why we must strive for it.
Adam begins 1 Peter 1 looking into the text through the lenses of what our identity is and what God's identity is.
Allen finishes Zephaniah with a question and answer dialogue with the church, summing up the study of God's judgment and grace and the place it has in our lives as the people of God.
Allen dives into answering the question of what really bothers God.
A continuation of what God's justice looks like and his intention for people.
Allen helps us with a short primer of why the Old Testament can be difficult to understand, and then teaches about humbling ourselves before God and others.
Why does God judge and how how do we thoughtfully think about punishment?
Allen begins our series through the old testament book Zephaniah.
How do we evaluate how we are doing with what God has asked us to do?
When we are growing and being formed into God's image, there are characteristics that become more and more prevalent: joy, love, peace, patience...and the list goes on.
Does God call us to a specific vocation? Sometimes. But many of us have more freedom than we think we do.
Last week we had a conversation about why BVC is here, and this week Allen teaches about what a calling for each individual looks like. How do we pursue what we are made for and how can that fit within what the church is called to do as well? Listen now.
God has given some very specific reasons why the Billings Vineyard Church exists. Allen explains these words the Lord has given us over the 10 years we have existed in Billings, and what it looks like to represent Him well.
What has God called all Christians to do? What is it that the global church is supposed to be doing to further God motive?
God has gifted us and called us to a vocation. How do we navigate those callings and do what we are created to do?
Love one another, believe in this letter and go deeper as God changes your heart.