Ever had a bad day at work? Maybe you’ve had the best day and are loving that moment of happiness? We’ve all had both of these – some more than other! Wherever you find yourself on this spectrum right now, the Bible tells us that there’s more. There’s more than difficulty and there’s even more than happiness which depends on immediate circumstances. There is eternal, immeasurable joy and peace with God. Whether this is new to you or not we invite you to join us on Sunday mornings as we explore what the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippian Church has to say about “Stepping Beyond Happy”.
Throughout His ministry Jesus taught over twenty parables. These parables are often described as ‘earthly stories with a heavenly meaning’ because for those who want to hear they reveal great riches about the kingdom of God. In Matthew 13:10-17, we learn why Jesus spoke in parables:
And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:
‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.’
But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
Jesus spoke in parables so that His disciples would understand His teachings and so that unbelievers would be without comprehension. This is true today – those interested in the truth of Jesus’ message are given understanding by God. So, over the summer period we will study some of the parables so that we can learn more about the truth that Jesus is teaching us.
Have you ever been waiting for something and thought you may have missed it? Have you ever experienced the disappointment that accompanies this? Many of us have. 1 Thessalonians is a wonderful letter that gives us reassurances as we wait for the return of Christ.
Join us each Sunday as we explore the words of comfort God provides us from 1 Thessalonians.
Have you ever wondered why some people look like they’ve got it all together only for it to all come crumbling down. This is no new phenomenon.
Join us at Everton Park PRC as we explore through the book of 1 Samuel why the matters of the heart are more important than whether we look like we’ve got it together on the outside.