Ministry

In A Time Of Tragedy

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This art by Jeremy Collins gives us what no words can express.

In light of the recent tragedy and school shooting, we find ourselves at a loss for words but yet full of emotion and grief.

Our message today @Discovery Church  is simply titled “In Times Of Tragedy”

FACTS ABOUT THE CRISIS OF LIFE
1. Crisis are INEVITABLE – James 1:2 ” “when all kinds of trials come your way
2. Crisis are UNPREDICTABLE – Matthew 8:24 “Suddenly, a terrible storm camp up.”
3. Crisis are IMPARTIAL – Matthew 5:45 It rains on the just and the unjust.”

What Traumatic events do to us
They Shatters life’s ASSUMPTIONS – They conjures up GUILT – They produces a sense of FATE

1. EVIL IS RAMPANT
John 17:15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.

2. GOD IS IN CONTROL
Psalm 103:19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.

3. LIFE IS FRAGILE
Luke 13:1-5 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4 Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”

4. GOD IS TRUSTWORTHY.
Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight

REEDS SHAKEN IN THE WIND OR OAKS OF SUPPORT?
Matthew 11:7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?

GOD’S CALLING IS ON US

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. 4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. Isaiah 61:3-4 (NIV)
When tragedy strikes …that is the time for all of us  to take on the Spirit of Christ  and;

REBUILD

RESTORE

RENEW

Pastor Steve Lummer

Prescott, Arizona

 

 

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Both and ….. Not either or

A friend of mine said to me one time,  “I’d rather be on my mountain bike thinking about God than sitting in church thinking about my mountain bike ..”

I hear that kind of statement almost every week.  It’s this tension between having time in the outdoors and being a person that attends a “church” meeting once a week.”

I used to struggle with it, but the more I think about it the more I like it.

This issue is nothing new.

I came across an interesting read out of John Wesley’s paper blog he wrote from May 5th to June 2nd sometime in the 1730’s.

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From the Diary of John Wesley

Sunday, A.M., May 5
Preached in St. Anne’s. Was asked not to come back anymore.

Sunday, P.M., May 5
Preached in St. John’s. Deacons said “Get out and stay out.”

Sunday, A.M., May 12
Preached in St. Jude’s. Can’t go back there, either.

Sunday, A.M., May 19
Preached in St. Somebody Else’s. Deacons called special meeting and said I couldn’t return.

Sunday, P.M., May 19
Preached on street. Kicked off street.

Sunday, A.M., May 26
Preached in meadow. Chased out of meadow as bull was turned loose during service.

Sunday, A.M., June 2
Preached out at the edge of town. Kicked off the highway.

Sunday, P.M., June 2
Afternoon, preached in a pasture. Ten thousand people came out to hear me.

As I study Wesley, I find that much of his ministry and preaching were done outside.

Yes, he preached in some church buildings, but you can see where he and his brother Charles as well as George Whitefield used the country side as their pulpit. I believe they were adapting to the model’s  other wilderness preachers like Jesus and John the Baptist.

Ummmmmmm – It’s  “both and ….. Not either or.”

If you like a traditional church service inside a building,  you got it…. or, if you like nature and the thought of sitting in the pew bores you to tears…. we got you covered.

Starting in March of 2013,  we will offer one church with a multi locations approach.

Both inside and out.

Pastor Steve

Use the geography to teach the theology.

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