For most of us, religion is like a packed suitcase. It is packed with our beliefs, our experiences, our upbringing – religious or nonreligious, books that we’ve read, sermons we’ve heard, all kinds of “religious” things. Some of us have carry-ons, and some of us have to check bags. But we carry these suitcases through life to different destinations. Some have lost their suitcase, some have over packed, and some need to repack. Beginning October 11, join us for this 4-week series as we explore the difference in religion and a true relationship with God. Here is the schedule…
OCTOBER 11 – “REPACK YOUR SUITCASE” - Many horrible things have been done and are being done in the name of God. So, it’s easy to understand why people turn away from religion. We want to have faith, to believe our lives have purpose, but our experiences contradict everything we trust in. If you are turned off by religion, if everything around you is saying there is no God, the story of a fanatic and his radical conversion might help you rethink what it is all about.
OCTOBER 18 – “DON’T OVERPACK” - Religion can be weird. Odd cultic behavior. Faces of religious icons appearing in random places. Fanatical rules and restrictions to follow in order to be good. Are these all misguided attempts by religious nuts to connect with God? Are we trying too hard to make sense of something so big and mysterious? In this message, we’ll see what Jesus offers is different.
OCTOBER 25 – “PACKING REGULATIONS” - Most world religions require adherence to certain laws or rules and they agree that we all fall short of God’s standards. Where most religions differ with Christianity is the way to reconcile with God. In this message, we will discover the revolutionary solution to this dilemma that is available to everyone.
NOVEMBER 1 – “PACKING FOR COMFORT” - To wrap up this series, we tackle a major obstacle for many people as they consider accepting the message of Jesus and placing their faith in God. It's often what comes to mind first when they think about Christianity.