Traditional Worship in the Chapel at 8:00 AM
Sunday School at 9:15 AM
Open Skies Worship in the Fellowship Hall at 10:30 AM
Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary at 10:30 AM
Many people believe that John Wesley started a church. But that is not exactly true. Instead of starting a church, John Wesley, along with others began a movement. At the very foundation of this movement were small groups, (Wesley called them classes). And central to these classes was the question that would be asked each time they came together, “How is it with your soul?”
Maybe we could learn from the Wesleyan movement. Maybe we could begin asking one another this simple question: “How is it with your soul?” Of course, today if we were to be asked the question, many of us would have the tendency to not truly disclose what is really going on. We might talk about our busyness as if that somehow shapes what is happening inside. We might talk about how everything is going well, as if that is what the person wants to hear. Or some of us would quickly turn the tables with, “Fine! How’s yours?”
I wonder what would happen if we were actually honest.
When we go to a doctor, we are honest about what hurts us. When we go to a mechanic, we tell the truth about what is wrong with our car. It makes sense to us to be open and honest about what is not working so that we can get whatever is broken fixed. But somehow, with our soul, we’d rather not acknowledge the cracks. After all, if we acknowledge the cracks, we might have to acknowledge the causes. And that could hurt. So, we come to an unspoken and unwritten agreement with everyone around us: “I won’t ask if you don’t ask.”
“How is it with your soul?” I wonder what would happen if we answered that question honestly not only with one another, but also with God.
August 18 – THE RESTLESS SOUL
Many of us have a restless soul. We are always searching but never finding. We are interested in everything but satisfied by nothing. Inwardly we’re always in a hurry and we may try to find rest for our bodies, but we never really find rest for our souls. We are anxious, we are tense, we’re worried, and we’re concerned; our minds just don’t know how to shut down. And even when we try to rest at night, internally our soul does not rest; it’s a restless soul.
August 25 – THE HEAVY SOUL
People are downcast, heavy with hurts from the past, anxiety about the future and some souls are heavy with what is going on in their lives right now. David reminds us to put our trust and faith in God.
September 1 – (Labor Day Sunday) OFF
September 8 – THE BROKEN SOUL
1 Peter 2:11
If we are honest with ourselves, our souls are broken. It is broken by the things we have done. We do something that breaks the heart of God; we feel guilty, we hold onto our unconfessed sins and we are broken. Our souls are broken because of unconfessed sin; unconfessed because we believe the lies we are told. But the Gospel tells us that nothing we can do can ever make God love us less.
September 15 – THE TEMPTED SOUL
The reality of the world in which we live is that our souls are tempted to worship idols that we have made. Our souls are created to worship the God. Worship isn’t something that we do, we are created to worship. And anytime our souls are filled with anything but God, our souls are being tempted by idols. And that’s why so many of us can have our lives full of so many things and yet, we’re empty on the inside because all the things of this world cannot satisfy the soul that was created to be satisfied by the God alone. That’s why God said, ‘You shall have no other idols, nothing to put before Me.’
September 22 – TRANSFORMING THE SOUL
Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Philippians 2
The mission of the church is to make disciples for the transformation of the world. This may seem like a huge task, but we make it happen by transforming one soul at a time…beginning with ours. A soul that is transformed learns to focus on the Kingdom rather than on self. A transformed soul strives every day to live out the Shema; not out of obligation but out of a life of gratitude for the grace he/she has received. The bottom line is that a soul that is transformed becomes more and more like Jesus.