More Than Meets the Eye

This 6-week series follows the Pentecost lectionary schedule, beginning with the first Sunday after Pentecost, Trinity Sunday.  In learning about the growth of the kingdom, we are presented with a view of God’s work, much of which is unseen.  From the small beginnings, to the workings of growth, and from the movement of the Spirit, to God invisibly working through visible people, there is much more going on than meets the eye.  During the Pentecost I series, both the Gospel and the Epistle (mostly from Mark and 2 Corinthians) are emphasized by the theme for the day, so they are both highlighted.

More Than Meets The Eye, part 6: Behind The Curtain
7/5/15
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus:  Does God’s chosen method of delivery sometime seem to make things more difficult than they have to be?  It can be hard to get past personal history with someone to be able to see what God is doing.  Paul tells us that it is when he is at his weakest, that he is actually strongest.  What?  In our weakness we rely more on God, God’s power is most clearly evident, and He alone is glorified.  How might you step out from behind the curtain, to make more of God?


Main Text: Mark 6:1–13

More Than Meets The Eye, part 5: Trading Places
6/28/15
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Have you ever wanted to trade places with someone?  What if you could take their pain and suffering, and give them some of what you have?  This is real generosity, giving not only out of excess, but giving and sharing even when you will feel the impact.  Do you trust that God has and does give generously to you even when situations seem hopeless?  Main Text: Mark 5:21–43

More Than Meets The Eye, part 4: In Our Own Way
6/21/15
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus:  Sometimes as we follow Jesus, we are the ones standing in our own way.  We tend to make inferences about Jesus and His work that are based on assumptions from our own experiences and observations.  These inferences and assumptions can often keep us from being open in the moment.  How you respond in crisis, or to rebuke, often shows what you assume to be true.  And what you expect from and think of God is often clear in what you are open to receive from Him.


Main Text: Mark 4:35–41

More Than Meets The Eye, part 3: No Small Thing
6/14/15
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus:  “You shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover.”  “Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched.”  In Jesus’ time, one might have said, “Don’t judge the size of the plant by the size of the seed” or “The plant grows whether or not the gardener understands how.” God’s kingdom is no small thing, but it can be easy for us to judge based on what we see, and to get discouraged when we don’t see the results we want, or expect.

 

Main Text: Mark 4:26–34

More Than Meets The Eye, part 2: The Thickest Blood
6/7/15
Pastor Matt Wipperman

Blood is thicker than water, the saying goes.  Jesus, however, defines His family as those who do God’s will. There is one Spirit, one faith, one baptism, and no division in God’s family.  We are ushered into the family of God through the waters of baptism into the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  The thickest blood, it turns out, is the blood of Jesus, which covers us with Jesus, who did God’s will.


Main Text: Mark 3:20–35

More Than Meets the Eye, part 1: Three in One
5/31/15
Pastor Jeff Meyer

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The singular God says, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like ourselves.”  God also says, “Look, I have given you..”  So which is it, us or I?  How can a man be born again?  How could all the people hear the preaching in their own native tongue at Pentecost?  Does our belief follow our eyes and understanding?  Or does our belief flow from God’s Word?

 

Main Text: John 3:1-17