"Where do you stand?" to "What is in your hand?"

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As we complete our "Where do you stand?" series this week at Bethel Assembly I have so many thoughts.

1. It has been amazing to see people connect with God's word and allow it to help them see where they truly stand in their relationship with Jesus.

2. The response at the altars after each message have seemed to prove my previous observation (point 1) true.

3. I love how Jesus identifies himself uniquely to the group He is speaking to.  Along with identifying himself he identifies where each group stood in their relationship with Jesus.  (This is important because it means He is who we need Him to be in whatever circumstance we face, and sees us as we are.)

4. Just like Jesus encourages the churches to move forward in their relationship with HIm.  I know that we have taken big steps in our faith as a church over the last few weeks.

5. What's next?!

We have been spending the last 5 weeks talking about us, the body, the church.  Where we stand with Jesus?  And though we touched on those who have yet to commit to Jesus it wasn't our primary focus.  As we went through a series focussed on growth I continually felt a stirring in my heart that the next step had to answer a "what do we do now?" question.  This Sunday we finish up our "where do you stand?" series and it will perfectly lead us into answering that very question  with a new series on "what is in your hand?"

Why is it Important to do something with what we learn and realize?  Because if all our knowledge remains in our head and heart and not our actions then our faith can simply become like James says "dead".

James 2:26 Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.

Or to put a more positive spin on it.

James 1:22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

If you have been with us throughout the series, or you join us for the last week of it, these next few weeks at Bethel Assembly starting with February 25 at 10:45 am are services you are not going to want to miss.  Invite a friend because it just may change their life as we begin talking about our lives having meaning.

Hope to see you there,

Pastor Jonathan