Many years ago as I was just starting to follow Jesus, I would meet once a week with former Five Forks Pastor Buck Besecker. Much of what we talked about back then has grown hazy over time, but there was this one day….I can still see Buck, sitting behind his desk, Bible open, and emphatically reading to me these words from Philippians chapter 4: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”
I’m not sure why this verse stands out among all the others we would have looked at back then, but every time I see it or hear it, my mind goes back to that day, sitting across from Buck in his office. As best as I can remember, this was the first verse that I actually looked to apply to my life. This Sunday during the live stream service, here’s the passage that we’ll be looking at:
Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
On that day many years ago, Buck was encouraging me to rejoice in the Lord, to find my joy in the Lord, and by doing so, find His peace. This passage is very relevant to us today, and during the message, I’m going to be asking you four questions:
1. What Are Your Expectations when it comes to life, and how have they been impacted over these past 2 months?
2. How do you find and maintain Your Joy in the midst of this pandemic?
3. How do you find and maintain Your Peace at this time?
4. In light of what Jesus reveals to you during the message, what do you see as Your Next Step?
Think about these questions between now and Sunday, especially the first three. We’ll look to Jesus to work with us on the 4th one this Sunday morning.
Prior to the message, we will all come before God with songs of praise and worship!
Come and stand before your Maker, full of wonder, full of fear…Come behold His power and glory, yet with confidence draw near.
NO LONGER SLAVES
You unravel me with a melody, You surround me with a song of deliverance from my enemies, till all my fears are gone. I’m no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God.
IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL
When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll…whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say: It is well, it is well with my soul.
I WILL FOLLOW
I believe everything that You say You are, I believe and I have seen Your unchanging heart. In the good things and the hardest part, I believe and I will follow You.
FIVE FORKS ONLINE BIBLE STUDY
If you haven’t had a chance to watch this week’s online Bible Study on I John, here is the link you will want to go to in order to view this week’s lesson: