Many churches do a big bang on Easter then on the following Sunday they coast. The Pastor might take a break for a week or two, the music teams might go into summer reruns, and many congregants might decide they’re good to go (or more likely not go) for another 51 weeks! But that’s not how we roll at North Ridge. This first Sunday after Easter we will turn the heat up, not down, as we begin a great new series called “Made For More”.
In this study, we will see that God didn’t make us to take up space but to run a race. He made ordinary people like us to “be more” (like Jesus), and “do more”(to build His kingdom). In week one we will meet a man named Elijah who like many of us got a little roughed up despite trying to do the right thing. Despite some big-time war wounds he came to know that he was made for more. We will also hear a moving story from one of our North Ridge family members who bravely served our country, suffered horrendous hardship and found he was made for more. He now ministers to us each week here at North Ridge and your gonna love his story.
It’s going to be a super Sunday and a super series so please join us at 9:00 AM, 10:45 AM or 5:00 PM. This is going to be a perfect opportunity to invite a friend to stop by. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I sure do love you and your crew and can’t wait to learn how we as a church can be more and do more for the resurrected Jesus we serve.
You Guys Rock,
P.S. We will do the big reveal for The Palm Sunday Farm offering on April 15th and the big reveal on the Easter Destiny Rescue offering on April 22nd. Still some drifting in but let me just say “Wow!”
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
1 Kings 18:7-15 … “Go tell your master, ‘Elijah is here.’” “What have I done wrong,” asked Obadiah, “that you are handing your servant over to Ahab to be put to death? … I don’t know where the Spirit of the Lord may carry you when I leave you. If I go and tell Ahab and he doesn’t find you, he will kill me…. now you tell me to go to my master and say, ‘Elijah is here.’ He will kill me!” Elijah said “As the Lord Almighty lives, whom I serve, I will surely present myself to Ahab today.”
1 Kings 18:18-21 …. Elijah replied. “… You have abandoned the Lord’s commands and have followed the Baals. Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.” … Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing.
1 Kings 18:36-39 … Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “Lord…let it be known today that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant … Answer me, Lord….so these people will know that You, Lord, are God, and that You are turning their hearts back again. … Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord, He is God!”
James 5:16-18 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
Ephesians 4:15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the head, that is, Christ.
Matthew 5:34-37 But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.
1 Kings 19:2-9 … Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.” Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. … He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. … The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled 40 days and 40 nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God… And the word of the Lord came to him: