Pastor Andy continues our series on biblical stewardship with a message on contentment. We believe that God doesn't just give us enough, he gives us more than enough so that we can use the extra to serve the church and bless others. But, how much is enough. Can you be content on 90% of what God has given you? 85%? 80%? Contentment is the bedrock of biblical stewardship, and the Bible has much teach us about how to cultivate an attitude of contentment in your life.
Whether you like storms or not, sometimes we know when they are coming and sometimes they pop up "outta nowhere." Paul's experience with Luke & Aristarchus on the Mediterranean Sea has a profound impact on how we respond when our life is turned upside down. When wave after wave crashes in on us, what do we do? God makes is presence evident and we can anchor our souls to His promises. God always reveals His purposes in His time. These are truths we can cling to while navigating the storms.
The providence of God even amid a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day can either be overwhelming or faith-stretching or both. The apostle Paul was sitting in the barracks (imprisoned) awaiting what would happen next. In today's text we read about a conspiracy & plan to kill Paul, but by God's providential hand using a nephew, a Tribune, a Roman Army, & a letter, Paul was going to make it to Governor Felix. Do you ever look back at your life and see where God has been working & leading you? Growing & stretching you?
"That's Not Fair." What do you do when God allows you to walk through circumstances in this life that are difficult? The apostle Paul helps us understand what it takes to go through this life with all its brokenness & still being able to trust in a sovereign God.
What happens when you follow God's will for your life & things go south? You can still trust God even when things don't turn out the way you thought they should. You can still trust God that he will provide justice in his time. The stories of Acts 16 should bring hope to all of us that we can rejoice in our sufferings when doing what God has called us to do.
Very few of us like being told "no." But what happens when God says, "No." How do we react? How we react is a pretty clear picture of our spiritual maturity. In today's study in Acts, we see the Holy Spirit stopping the Pauline entourage from entering Asia and Bithynia. In the Christian vernacular, we often say that "God closed a door." To many, when that happens, it can be very devastating. Closed door are one of the most effective tools that the Holy Spirit uses to guide us.
Proverbs 3:5, 6 are probably the most familiar and most memorized verses in all of Proverbs. They are etched on plaques for our homes, stitched on Bible covers & tattooed on bodies as reminder or life-verses. What do these verses have to do with wisdom? Since these are familiar verses, we thought we would just walk down through the passage to reintroduce it as a fresh, vibrant portion of God's Word that will be a lamp to your feet and a light to your path.