Thursday, October 29, 2015

Back to the Future- Part 2

This week at WNW was the second message of the "Back to the Future" series.  We opened with a worship set that included "This Is Amazing Grace" (Phil Wickham), "Sinking Deep" (Hillsong Young & Free), and "Touch the Sky" (Hillsong United).  I shared that while last week we focused on our past, this week we were focusing on our future.  It is easy for us to think that the decisions we make only impact us in the present.  The reality is that all of our decisions, good or bad, sinful or God honoring, will impact us and have consequences on our future.  I made reference to Romans 6:1-2 that lets us know that when we are saved that we cannot continue to live our lives in sin and live the way we want to.  We then read Galatians 6:6-10.  Paul tells us that we will reap what we sow.  If we live a life that is sinful and goes against God's desires then it will bring us corruption and destruction in our lives.  However if we make godly choices then we will reap the benefits.  We do not follow God in order to receive blessings, but we follow Him because of His love for us.  I challenged the students to think beyond the present and think about the future.  The decisions we make today will impact us later on.  We closed with a time of prayer asking God to reveal to us the path that we are on.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Back to the Future- Part 1

Last week at Wednesday Night Worship we began a new series called "Back to the Future."  The Wednesday was October 21, 2015 which is the date that Marty McFly and Doc Brown go to the future in the famous movie.  We opened with a worship set that included "You Are The Fire" (Dustin Smith), "Mighty Warrior" (Elevation Worship), and "Oceans" (Hillsong United).

I opened the message by explaining a little bit about the Back to the Future movies and how they have always intrigued me.  Everything that happened in the past impacted their future.  The same is true for us.  In the movie they had to go back in time and "fix" things in order to have a better future.  We all have moments, decisions, actions in our lives that we regret.  We cannot go back in time to change our past actions.  So what do we do?  We looked at 1 John 1:9 about forgiveness. I talked about true confession of sins and how God is faithful to forgive us.  When we have been forgiven we have a responsibility.  First of all we must forgive others who have hurt us.  In addition, we should forgive ourselves in order to move forward.  If God is faithful to forgive our sins, this include forgiving the guilt of our sins.  Sometimes it can be hard to let go of our past, but is necessary in order to move forward.  We then closed with a time of reflection with the song "Once and For All" (Lauren Daigle).

Monday, October 5, 2015

What Now?- Part 3

This past week at WNW was week 3 of the "What Now?" series.  We opened with a worship set that included "The Way" (Brett Younker), "Always" (Kristian Stanfill), and "Set A Fire" (Will Reagan).  I opened the message sharing a story about a season of life where I wasn't quite sure what to do as I found myself somewhat lost.  Some things in life had turned out quite differently than I expected and it was really hard.  We all face these seasons of life at some point where things change and different than before.  We find ourselves in a similar season as a church as our senior pastor recently resigned.  So what do we do now? We certainly don't fall back, concede, or give up in any way.  We rejoice in what God is doing in the life of our church.  But we must ask ourselves what our responsibility is in going forward.

We looked at Acts 1:15-26 continuing from the passage we read the week before.  In this mom Peter is telling them that they must replace Judas who had betrayed Jesus and died.  There was a lot to cover in this passage from prophecy to what it meant that they drew lots.  However, the main point we focused on was in verse 24 "they prayed."  They prayed that God would let them know who was to replace Judas.  To be honest, this change at Clearwater has little effect on our students, but it does not take away their responsibility.  We must pray for our church, for our leadership, for each other, and for our pastor that God reveal in the right time.  So that is exactly what we did.  We closed by spending a few minutes praying for these matters.