SERMON SERIES: AWAKENED
O day and night, but this wondrous strange!
And therefore as a stranger give it welcome.
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
— William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 5
We live in a world that’s enchanted—a world that’s buzzing with divine presence. If we learn anything from Scripture, it’s that God is always present and always active.
…Why, then, does He often seem so far away? Why do we go entire days without thinking about Him or enjoying His presence?
In this series, we’ll be reminded of how important it is that we wake up to God’s proximity and we’ll explore some practical ways to sharpen our spiritual senses.
PART 1: REJECTING DISENCHANTMENT
Most human beings are living disenchanted lives, there’s no expectation of anything ‘supernatural’. The problem? the world in which we’re living is enchanted—the supernatural surrounds us everyday, God is close, and mystery abounds.
In this message, we’ll explore what’s dulling our senses and be challenged to reject our disenchantment, becoming more alive and alert to the presence of God.
Text: Psalm 19:1-4
1/13/19 Speaker: Justin Gerhardt
PART 2: SPEAKING UP
Sometimes what you need is within reach, you just have to know where and how to get it.
In this message we'll explore how prayer awakens us to the presence of God, and we'll explore some practical ways to do it.
Text: Philippians 4:5-7
1/20/19 Speaker: Justin Gerhardt
PART 3: GOING AWAY
Sometimes we live our lives at a hectic pace, it seems that we always have something going on and not enough time to do it.
In this message we’ll explore the need for time to just be still, the difference between silence and solitude, and how to spend some alone time with God.
Text: 1 Kings 19:11-13
1/27/19 Speaker: Dustin Bartee
PART 4: FEELING TREMORS
As followers of Jesus, we are vessels of the Spirit of God--He lives inside of us. We aren't Source of divine power and presences, but we're certainly echoes--aftershocks attached to the earthquake that is God.
With this in mind, we'll explore one of the best ways to experience the presence of God: Other people.
Text: 1 Corinthians 12:12-26
2/3/19 Speaker: Justin Gerhardt
PART 5: BUILDING ALTARS
Often the best way to experience the presence of God is to stop and observe--listen, look, notice what He's done, what He's doing, what He's enabled.
With this in mind, we'll explore how God's people would punctuate their observation by building an altar and how we can get better at building altars of our own.
Text: Genesis 35:1-7
2/10/19 Speaker: Justin Gerhardt