Speaker: Ty Neal
Date: November 13, 2016
Jesus calls us to follow him, plain and simple. It seems like everything inside, and especially outside of us, is calling us to go the opposite way. It feels like swimming against the current - upstream. How are we supposed to live in the world, but not of it? In a world that looks so unhealthy, how do we find any health in our lives? How different are we expected to be? The reality is that following Jesus is counter-intuitive and counter-cultural. Following Jesus doesn't just effect our souls, but our lives, all of it - our relationships, marriage, money, time, values, view of races and even politics! Join us as we discover how to find health in an unhealthy world and Live Upstream. New teaching series begins September 11th.
“not of the world, but sent into the world”
Philippians 4:2-3, 5
2 I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. 3 Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;
Rejoice In God
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.
“Rejoicing in Christ is also crucial because idols are almost always good things. If we have made idols of our work and family, we do not want to stop loving our work and our family. Rather, we want to love Christ so much more that we are not enslaved by our attachments. ‘Rejoicing’ in the Bible is much deeper than simply being happy about something. Paul directed that we should ‘rejoice in the Lord always’ (Philippians 4:4), but this cannot mean ‘always feel happy,’ since no one can command someone to always have a particlar emotion. To rejoice is to treasure a thing, to assess its value to you, to reflect on its beauty and importance until your heart rests in it and tastes the sweetness of it. ‘Rejoicing’ is a way of praising God until the heart is sweetened and rested, and until it relaxes its grip on anything else it thinks that it needs.” —Tim Keller
Request with Thankfulness
Philippians 4: 6-7
6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.