It’s so interesting that throughout literature, there is this longing for a good and wise King. In stories like "Robin Hood", "King Arthur", and "The Lord of the Rings", there is this longing for the return of the king. Why all these legends? Why this longing for a good and wise and just King, when the actual record of human kings is nothing like that! History is littered with kings who abused their power, who were greedy, who didn’t protect the weak but used their power for their own...
What on Earth are we here for? Pastor Erik dives into Psalm 139 as we learn that God KNOWS us, God SURROUNDS us, and God MADE us for a purpose! We each have a unique purpose and role to play in this world!
Pastor Erik continues our Summer Playlist series by diving into Psalm 42. We learned what Psalm 42 has to say to those who feel spiritually DRY (verse 2), DISCOURAGED (verse 5), or DROWNING (verse 7). This is a CONDITION that we will ALL face at some point, so we need to know the common CAUSES and some CURES we can learn by looking at Psalm 42.
Something inside all of us longs to have someone love us for who we are. Something inside of us longs to be a part of a community that accepts and welcomes us. Something inside of us longs to live a life filled with purpose. Where do those longings come from? Pastor Erik dives into Psalm 86 to find the answers to those longings we all have!
Jesus is a shepherd who became a sheep so that you and I could be raised up and become a friend of God! He doesn’t want you to just be a sheep. He wants you to be his friend. He wants you to feel his love and life. He doesn’t just want obedience; he wants fellowship.
Need some more wisdom in your life? Want to learn how to live a Blessed life? Pastor Erik kicks off our "Summer Playlist" by diving into Psalm 1. We learned that we all need to DECIDE who we are going to let influence the quality and direction of our lives and we need to learn to DELIGHT in God's Word.
The Church isn’t a cruise ship; the church is a battleship! You see- on a battleship, everyone on that ship knows why they are there and they all have a role to play. They have a MISSION. Jesus too, gave the Church a mission: to go into hostile territory, to rescue the captives, and to push back the enemy. Pastor Erik shares why at Mosaic we want to help everyone SERVE OTHERS.
As we study the life of Esther, it is apparent the she had the Favor of God on her life. But that's not to say that she had an easy life! From from it! Pastor Erik dives into Esther chapter 8 so we can learn from Esther and her adopted father Mordecai on how to become good leaders and stewards of the blessings and favor of God.
The story of Esther is amazing, but imagine this: imagine the moment where King Ahasuerus looked at Haman and said, “Take this man and crucify him now!” Imagine if in that moment, Esther walked over to Haman and said, “I forgive you and I love you, and King, I will take his place and I’ll be crucified for my enemy, so that he can become one of God’s people.” That would have been amazing...but that’s what Jesus did for us!
It is unlikely that any of us will ever be in a situation as dire as Esther, but every one of us faces Defining Moments in our own lives! Some defining moments come unexpectedly and pass quickly, yet with far-reaching consequences. Pastor Erik dives into the third and fourth chapter of the Book of Esther as we learn how to miss what God wants to teach us when we face Defining Moments in our own lives.
Pastor Erik continued our series "Esther: God's Perfect Work through Imperfect People." We looked at Esther 2 and learned that like Esther who was adopted by Mordecai, those who follow Jesus are adopted into God's family. Although Mordecai was an imperfect father and failed Esther, our Heavenly Father will never let us down or fail us!
On Easter Sunday we wrapped up our journey through the Gospel of Luke as we learned that although each of us is prone to DRIFT, Jesus DISRUPTS and enters into our story so that we can receive new life through him!
On Good Friday, Pastor Erik dove into Luke 23 as we learned that the reason Jesus came was to SEEK and SAVE the lost. Like any good movie, there's MORE TO THE STORY as we explored the story of the cross.
Jesus tells Peter, "Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” God allows each of us to be sifted, but that PREPARES us for our PURPOSE. And Jesus lets us know he is praying for us and will never let us go even while we go through seasons of sifting.
COMFORT never leads to the CROSS. But the cross was Christ's CALLING! You and I have to forsake comfort to step into our calling! Jesus came to CHALLENGE us and to lead us out of comfort so that we could be conformed into the likeness of Christ!
Brian Stevens reminds us that the triumphal entry by Jesus on Palm Sunday was not a fun little parade. It was an epic proclamation by Jesus! Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem COMMITTED him to the cross. Jesus calls each one of us to COMMIT to the Kingdom of God! (Luke 19)
We are wrapping up our study of the Gospel of Luke by diving into Luke 19. We see that because Jesus invited Zacchaeus into RELATIONSHIP with him, that led to REPENTANCE which led to RESTITUTION being made which led to a whole village REJOICING because of how Jesus changed a life!