This week, Dan preached about the greatness of Jesus. He was the greatest friend, He was the greatest healer, He was the greatest comforter, and He showed the greatest love. When we ask Him into our hearts, and we start living like He did, that is when we start living our greatest lives! The world can define greatness as how rich you are, how many friends you have, how popular you are on social media…all sorts of ways. But God defines greatness as being humble, obedient to Him, and loving to others. This life will be fulfilling and joyful and THE GREATEST! If your life is in need of some greatness, then perhaps you have an area where you are not letting God work in your heart. To have a truly great life, you must let God direct it.
This week, Dan talked about how we look to a bunch of things in the world to give us joy. We search for it in popularity, money, friends, relationships, possessions, etc. But those things are only temporary, so the happiness that they bring us is also temporary. We can find everlasting, pure, untainted joy in Jesus, who is eternal. He gives us a joy that overflows in our hearts. Even when things don’t go our way, or we’re struggling with a tough situation, the joy that comes from knowing God and being saved by His Son still remains with us! What an amazing gift! Read Dan’s sermon notes here…
This week, the seniors “took over” Rock-Us! They organized the game, preached the sermon, gave testimonies, performed a skit, and wrote out the discussion questions. The topic of the night was “Stepping up in your faith.” No matter who we are and where we are with God, we can ALL grow deeper in our faith. 1 Timothy 4:12 reminds young people that they don’t have to wait until they’re older to live for God. The time is right now! We are not promised tomorrow, so we should all be working to grow closer to God and accomplish His will for our lives. Great job seniors for all of your hard work!
Because Easter is so close, Dan talked about the story of Jesus’ crucifixion. Jesus dies because our sins required a payment to God. We needed blood to be spilled on our account to purify us for Heaven. Dan explained that there are things that we want in life and things that we need in life. Jesus’ sacrifice is something that we ALL need! Thank you Jesus for your awesome gift of eternal life!
So Dan has been talking about lessons that we can learn from the Biblical book of Proverbs. This week we talked about what God says about friendship. Friends are a very important part of our lives. They influence us in more ways than we can imagine. It is important that we choose godly friends who will help us grow as Christians. It is also important that we BE good friends to each other. We switched it up a bit by having a youth deliver the bulk of the sermon. Dan’s daughter, Greta offered her views on friendship and explained what Proverbs says on the subject. She gave her testimony about friendship through troubling times. The main point of this week’s sermon was that good friends are invaluable, you can find them by being one.
So this week wrapped up Dan’s “GodSense” sermon series. We were blessed to be joined by a group of guys from Teen Challenge for the night. For the message, Dan talked about the fifth sense, touch. Our sense of touch is what allows us to perform virtually every task. Walking, lifting things, sitting, etc. We had a showdown between 12 kids to see how long their muscles could endure holding a 5-pound weight straight out in front of them (The girls absolutely CRUSHED the guys BTW). Dan reminded us that we touch people by how we live and that we have a choice of HOW we touch others. We can either be selfish and disrespectful with how we touch others, or we can be like Jesus and be selfless and loving, reaching out to those in need. Make the choice today to touch people with the hands of Jesus!
Our fourth week of Dan’s “GodSense” sermon series centered around the sense of smell. Our sense of smell is amazing, we have over 10 million smell receptors in our noses, and can smell over 10 TRILLION different aromas! When something is rotten or bad, like spoiled milk, we can usually smell it before we let it contaminate us. The bad odor gives it away. Sin is the same way. It stinks, and others can smell it around us. We can try to deny that we stink of sin, we can try to cover it up (which never works for long), or we can actually take care of the smell by getting clean. Jesus wants to wash your sin (and its stink) away from your life! His blood will wash you clean forever!
This week at Rock-Us, we talked about our sense of taste. Basically, there are 4 main tastes that we experience: sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. We can relate those sensations to how we live our lives. A sweet person is a nice, loving, caring person, who puts others first. A salty person adds zest and flavor to life. They take every opportunity and strive to be the best they can be; they inspire others. A sour person is really just a “Debbie Downer.” Nothing in life brings them joy, and they make others feel the same way. A bitter person is unforgiving and judgemental. We can choose to be sweet and salty like Jesus was, or we can decide to be sour and bitter like Satan wants us to be. Above are some pictures from the various eating challenges we had last week!
Here are the sermon notes and questions: 5_Senses_of_Jesus_Taste_3_5_19
This week, Dan continued his sermon series on the five senses. He talked about our ears and how we should listen like Jesus did. Jesus used His ears in four important ways. 1) He went to a quiet place and listened to His father. 2) He took time to listen to others. 3) He didn’t listen to voices of evil. 4) He didn’t shy away from hearing the hard truths. We can use Jesus’ example when it comes to our ears. Are there some areas in this list that you struggle with?
Read Dan’s sermon notes here: 5_Senses_of_Jesus_Hearing_2_27_19
This week, Dan started a new sermon series called “God Sense.” Each week, we will be taking a close look at one of the five senses, and studying how Jesus used that sense for God’s glory. This week, we focused on our eyes. The human eye is amazing, it can do things that will blow your mind. But often times, we see things only from a human perspective. We see helpless people as a burden, or tough situations as hopeless. We should ask God to give us His eyes. Jesus looked at things with a heavenly perspective, with optimism, with love, with wisdom. Let us begin to look at things in our life in the way that Jesus would look at them!