“If prayer stands as the place where God and human beings meet, then I must learn about prayer. Most of my struggles in the Christian life circle around the same two themes: why God doesn't act the way we want God to, and why I don't act the way God wants me to. Prayer is the precise point where those themes converge.”
This great quote from Philip Yancey’s book on prayer sets the scene for this message on that very topic. We are blessed to hear from Pastor Jinger Goma, as we continue our series, “Church. . . Why Bother?” Jinger will be looking at how church is where our prayer lives are designed to be fanned into flame. I know you will enjoy the passion and heart of our new Associate Pastor, as he brings his first message to KGF.
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Growing up, the dinner table meant a lot to me. True, I love food. But more than that, I loved what took place around the table. I loved conversation, the laughter, the sharing of lives.
Here’s what made it so special. I belonged there. There was a seat that was mine. There was a space with my name on it.
If you ask why bother with church, my answer is I was made to belong. And church is a place where belonging is a core value. In part 3 of this 6 part series “Church. . .Why Bother?”, Pastor Mike unpacks what Biblical belonging looks like, and how we can choose to belong.
Why should we bother with church? This is the question that is framing our six week series, an important series that we pray will provide a solid foundation for the KGF church family. In this message, Pastor Mike turns our focus on worship. Church is a gathering that reminds us we were made to worship, and invites us into worship. The issue is not “if” we are worshippers, the issue is “what” we are choosing to worship. When we get that straight, we realize that life is about directed worship.
Have you ever wondered why we bother with church? Why do we gather on Sundays? Why do we give of our time, talent and treasures to this thing called church? What’s the point? What is the benefit of church? What would we lose if church ceased to exist?
This is the question that is framing our new series that we’re launching, with that title, “Church. . . Why Bother?” I’m sure you have asked that question. I know I have through the years. It’s a crucial question, because how we answer that question will determine the value we place on church, and what our church will inevitably look like. My prayer is that God will reveal His heart for our church over these next six weeks!
In this first message, Pastor Mike brings us back to the birth of the first century church, to give some framework for why we should bother with church in this 21st century.
We are turning our attention to the world of kids & parents. Many of us have children. Most of you are children of some sort! And the amazing thing is God orchestrated families for a very specific purpose, that we might be a blessing and support to one another. In this special message for Mother’s Day, Pastor Mike Penninga looks at the relationship between parents of all ages and their kids
“He is not here. . . He Is Risen!”
Those words change everything, the way we live life and face death. Easter is the culmination of God’s plan of salvation, walked out in Jesus, that you and I could come home to our Heavenly Father.
“Resurrection means the worst thing is never the last thing.” Frederick Buechner
“Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? Thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:54-57
We find ourselves at the very crux of Christianity. And it has to do with two wooden beams and three nails. . . . the cross, the central symbol of the Christian faith. The cross is what makes Christianity different than any other religion. For it is on this cross that Jesus, God in the flesh, took our place, paid our price, and won our freedom. Pastor Mike wraps up our Journey To The Cross by looking at how Jesus became our sacrificial lamb and our scapegoat, and how his death tore the curtain of separation between us and our heavenly Father.
What would it take for you to deny Jesus? It's a temptation we face everyday, in our workplaces, schools, among family and friends. And truth be told, there are many times we have failed Jesus in this way. But the good news is Jesus doesn't leave us in our failure. He is always seeking to restore us. In part 3 of the series "Journey To The Cross", Pastor Mike looks at Peter's denial, and how Jesus brought him back. And through it all, we learn that God would rather have followers who fail than those who fail to follow.
"This is my body, broken for you. This is my blood, shed for you." Perhaps the most significant words ever spoken by Jesus as it relates to your and my salvation.
As part of the Lenten season, the 40 days of preparation to Easter, we are walking through the final 48 hours of Jesus life, found in Matthew 26 and 27. In this message, we find ourselves at the table with Jesus and his disciples as they celebrate the last supper. If there ever was a picture of God’s love for us, it is here, found in the broken bread and poured out cup.