Sermon – Kingdom Come: Thru Me

You don’t need to look farther than the recent hit movies to see that as a society, we are obsessed with the supernatural. The innate desire for a reality greater than our own is apparent. In fact, while belief in heaven & hell have remained steady in recent decades, the number of Americans that believe in religious miracles has increased 22% in the past two decades (Huffington Post).

The bible asserts time & again that God backs the gospel with supernatural signs and wonders (Acts 14:3, Hebrews 2:4, Mark 16:20). Yet, many times we reduce the gospel today to a mere intellectual message, rather than a God encounter.

God sent the Holy Spirit to dwell within us and give us the ability to walk as Jesus walked and do what Jesus did. When we say “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” the reality is that God is inviting us into answering this prayer.

I shared a sermon last Sunday on the what and why of miracles, and their importance in our theological framework as followers of Jesus. In fact, in Mark 16:17, 20 the bible boldly claims that miracles are that which should characterize us as Christians –

“And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well….And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.”

This scripture challenges me – it says that the requirement for seeing these miracles is not to go to seminary, or memorize long passages of scripture, or fast for a week – but it says all that we have to do is simply believe. These signs and wonders do not replace the gospel, but are signs of hope for a better future, so that our faith doesn’t rest on man’s wisdom, but on God’s power (1 Cor 2:4). We must restore our faith so that we can pray in expectation that is as big and as powerful today as we see in the bible.

Hear more about the miraculous God that we serve by listening to my sermon here!

http://jcboston.org/kingdom-come-part-1/

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Journey’s Church First Missions Trip

Last weekend, three of us ladies went to New York City to serve the people of New York in various ways. We partnered with the New York School of Urban Ministry, who coordinates service projects with teams throughout the city.

After taking a bus down to the city, we arrived and were immediately ushered into clown costumes for our evening ministry in a local park. While I ran around and acted goofy, Cathy and Sarah made dozens of balloon animals for all the kiddos. We sang bible songs and shared a bit about Jesus while trying not to trip over our clown-sized massive feet. It was a lot of fun – and, once the kids got used to us, they found out that us clowns really aren’t all that scary!photo 1(2)
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Saturday morning we helped a local church clean & organize their storage closet. Spring cleaning, yeah! We also did a prayer walk in the neighborhood, and came across a family mourning. It broke our hearts to hear that their son had been murdered just two days before. I was able to lead them in a time of prayer and through tears we all sung “Amazing Grace” together.

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That evening we headed out to serve hot dogs and deliver blankets & toiletries to people who are struggling with homelessness near Penn Station in downtown New York City. It was powerful to sit down with these men and women to hear some of their stories and the situations they are going through. We are all broken and so in need of God!

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Sunday morning, we worshipped at the Brooklyn Tabernacle, and had some time to see some of the other sights around the city including the Brooklyn Bridge, the 9/11 Memorial and Central Park.

Sarah wrote – “God taught me three things through this trip. First, that He is with me through all things that happen- good or bad. Second, that God’s will always prevails no matter how frail I am, and third, to not be afraid and not be discouraged because God is with me to help and fight my battles.”

It was a wonderful weekend and we were super blessed to have this opportunity to learn from what God is doing in New York City and bring it back to Boston!

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