During this season in which COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our lives, from health to economy, relationships to career, many of us have experienced deep struggle with our sin. We understand this to be true, that when we are isolated we are at risk of succumbing to our temptations. It’s written in Proverbs that “One who isolates himself pursues selfish desires; he rebels against all sound wisdom.” We have seen a rise in addictive behaviors and deep pain in our community. Suicide hotlines are receiving more calls than ever and the evils of domestic violence has been brought to the forefront of many community response members as the rise in calls for help are growing. People are hurting—hurting one another, and hurting themselves.
So how do we break free from the prison of our sin and embrace the freedom and power that Jesus offers us? Well, we are designed to be in community. “Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ,” it states in Galatians. We overcome our enemies within through the power of Jesus Christ, and the transformational vessel that is community and sharing the weight of our burdens with one another.
August 8 & 9 we continue our spring season study of the 7 deadly sins through our new sermon series: Overcoming the Enemy Within. We will take time to explore in depth the sins that all of us struggle with, but more importantly, fix our eyes on the truth and promises of Jesus—that He alone offers us a way to overcome our darkest demons.
Throughout our study we will be offering ways for you to better overcome the pain in your life, through the power of community. Our Care and Recovery ministry, Community Life Ministry and others have groups available for you to jump into and people eager to walk alongside you in your journey as we explore the battles we fight within ourselves and the true freedom that God desires for us.