Pastor Andy Crouch says, “Human beings can live for forty days without food, four days without water, and four minutes without air. But we cannot live for four seconds without hope.” I think the truth in this statement is borne out in the rising suicide rate in the United States. Every year, about 45,000 people in the U.S. die by their own hand. Most of the time it’s done quietly, secretively. We saw an exception to that rule when a man stole an airplane from SeaTac airport, and after performing some aerial stunts, purposefully crashed the plane into a sparsely populated island in Puget Sound. As air traffic controllers tried to talk him into landing the plane safely, he confessed, "I'm a broken guy who had a few screws loose.” The only reason for ending one’s life is that you have no hope that things will ever get better.
Hope is key to our lives. And as Christians, we have been given an unshakeable hope through the promises of God. We are going to delve deeply into those promises over 12 weeks starting on September 9th. We’ll be using the book and small group series by Max Lucado entitled (oddly enough) Unshakeable Hope. Through the course of the twelve-week study, we’ll learn how we can build our lives on the promises of God. These promises give us a hope that no one can steal away from us.
We’ll look at such promises as: You Are Stamped with God’s Image; Heirs of God; Your Prayers Have Power. Other lessons include God Gives Grace to the Humble; and Jesus Is Praying for You. It will be a series that both encourages and challenges you.
And we’ll be doing this study in every aspect of our life together. The adult Sunday school class, along with the youth and children’s Sunday school classes will make this the focus of their time together. In worship, I’ll be preaching (along with help from a few others) a twelve part series on the book. Small groups will also be encouraged to make use of this resource. I believe it will be a highly impactful series. And when we’re done, we’ll be entering the season of Advent.
So I want to encourage you to make worship and Christian education a priority in your lives over that 12-week period. And invite a friend or two you know who could use a little more hope in their lives (can’t we all?). In our world today, hope is so important. We need the unshakeable (I also like the word unquenchable) hope that Jesus offers us. Again, this series starts on September 9th, which just happens to be the date of our fall kickoff. Don’t miss this great opportunity. I’ll see you in church.
Sermon Texts, Themes, and Titles for June
We strive to make worship meaningful, relevant, and challenging each and every Sunday. You are challenged to make worship a regular part of your life. You are invited to take some time to read the Scripture and reflect on the passages before each worship service.
August 5th: Guest Preacher. Tom on Vacation. Carol Mason will be filling the pulpit for us on this Sunday!
August 12th: All the Manna You Can Eat! The Scripture passage will be John 6:35, 41-51 and the theme will be emphasizing the eternal.
August 19th: Fighting Giants! The Scripture passage will be Numbers 13:25-33 and the theme will be facing our biggest challenges.
August 26th: Promises, Promises! The Scripture passage will be Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 and the theme will be keeping our promise to serve the Lord.
September 2nd: Tradition! Tradition! The Scripture passage will be Mark 7:1-8 and the theme will be the power of tradition.
Worship is a vital part of a growing and vibrant faith. So make sure you attend on a regular basis. And bring a friend or two with you. It’s a great way to introduce someone to Jesus
Centralia First United Methodist Church 506 S Washington Ave 98531 360-736-7311