Our mission at Reach Church is simple yet profound…we live to reach all people with Nothing But Jesus. The reality is that many times in life, we are tempted to focus on everything BUT Jesus. Jesus is not only for those who are skeptical of Christianity, but for those who have been Christians for decades. When we are about Nothing But Jesus our lives begin to change.
When we develop personal goals we usually will focus on areas of weakness that we want to improve. However, we also need to focus on cultivating our unique strengths and channeling those towards building the kingdom of Christ!
What is your greatest strength? Whether that be a character trait, a resource, or even a relationship, it’s when that greatest strength is weakened that real problems can happen in our lives. Our weaknesses can be very challenging and cause us and those closest to us real problems, but that is nothing compared to the fall out that can happen when our greatest strengths are weakened.
How does all this talk about our greatest strengths fit with Nothing But Jesus? Join us at Reach Church as we explore some episodes in King David’s life and how they encourage us to tap into Kingdom Strength.
We can't wait to kick-off this new series with tomorrow at 9:00am or 10:30am at one of our campuses!
Just in case you missed the big announcement this past Sunday...
In December, we did a series on giving called “ENGAGE” where we challenged our people to end of the year giving, to increased 2020 giving, and to identifying a personal word for 2020.
I honestly didn’t know what to expect as we rarely preach sermons on giving as our giving is already relatively strong. Our primary hope wasn’t for more money but for even deeper engagement with our mission by our people. I know that if we give towards a mission we are more likely to be ENGAGED with the mission.
We never imagined you would answer this call the way you did!
Reach Church...you smashed our all time giving record for December!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for taking these steps of faith!!
In Christ Alone,
Hope is deliberately future-oriented. When we look into the future—What good thing is around the bend? What light is at the end of the tunnel?
That’s our hope.
Most of the time our hopes are small—hoping for a restful vacation or a season of greater blessing.
And while these hopes are fine, they can’t be our ultimate hopes. What do we do those hopes are never realized? Or when we have needs that no worldly hope can satisfy? What happens when hope seems to be lost?
What is our hope in death?
What is our hope in suffering and pain?
What is our hope in sin—the evil both outside of us and inside our hearts?
Let our hope be Jesus.
Jesus alone can give eternal life. He alone can turn suffering into meaning and maturity. He alone can have victory over sin.
And the greatest thing about our hope in Jesus is that it isn’t just future; this hope has already come. Jesus our hope came to live with us—died for us—and resurrected for us. Our hope is the one who already came once and promises to come again.
Our hope is in the one who will brings rest that never ends, blessing that never falters, and joy that never ceases. He brings a hope that you cannot earn and the world cannot give.
This Christmas season let our hope be in the one who came once and will surely come again. Let our hope be in Nothing But Jesus!
How focused are you on Jesus? During the Christmas season, it seems as though everything is battling for our attention... and often, Jesus gets none.
In Luke 2, there is a man named Simeon, who seems to have a singular focus. His focus was on Nothing But Jesus. We are told that he was "waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ." We are not told how long he was waiting, but he was laser-focused on seeing Jesus one day.
When Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to the temple, Simeon went over to Jesus and picked him up in his arms. The moment must have been awe-inspiring. Simeon's response was to praise God saying, "Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation..." Now that his eyes were focused on Jesus, nothing else mattered. He had seen his salvation — the one who makes all bad things come untrue.
What are you focused on this Christmas? What are you looking to in hopes that it will make all the bad things in life come untrue?
Look to Jesus. Focus on Him.
Let it Be Jesus... as our focus!
Proverbs 31:10 tells us that “a wife of noble character is hard to find. She is worth far more than rubies.” This chapter outlines a beautiful template of a wife who places high value on her relationship with her husband.
We can see Jesus all over Proverbs 31. A wife who seeks to be like Jesus will be empowered by His Holy Spirit to exhibit the following character qualities:
She knows her words are powerful, so she desires to be her husband’s ENCOURAGER. “She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life (31:12).”
She is a HARD WORKER who battles against laziness despite the mundane tasks that face her on a daily basis. “She sets about her work vigorously (31:17)” because she knows marriage is a partnership.
She is MERCIFUL. “She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy (31:20).” This obviously applies to the physical needs of others, but it also applies when her husband is poor in spirit, needy, or undeserving of receiving mercy.
She RESPECTS her husband. This is probably the deepest need in her husband’s heart, and she knows this. The main reason “her husband is respected at the city gate (31:23)” is because she consistently speaks well of him.
She “can laugh at the days to come (31:25)” because she DOES NOT WORRY. She knows that worry is not helpful, so she finds reasons to cling to joy and share that joy with her husband.
She realizes her RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS is her highest priority. She “speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue (31:26)” because she consistently spends time studying Scripture. “A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised (31:30).” This is why “her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value (31:11).”
Let it be Jesus…in your role as a wife!