Summary: The sermon is focused on following God - following the leading of the Holy Spirit into the spiritual world around us. It's about listening to His lead.
4 Month Theme: Immerse - yourself into the spiritual realm of life and grow!
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This series is designed to encourage you to grow in your spiritual dimension of life. We should be as Christians viewing things from the realm of the spirit. This realm is very different than the lens you look through in your normal everyday life. We have a handout called “Immerse” which gives you suggested readings, suggested music to listen too (Great Albums - I listened to them this week), suggested Scriptures to read and questions to answer and ponder on various topics related to our series “Dive In.” We have included in this handout a month long reading plan of Scripture verses which we encourage you to read before the next message. We are gently nudging you to answer the questions each week before the next message. We have given you these recommended readings and listening material to help you better understand and apply the content of the message. We have also included a - outline and some outline notes on U-verse for you to follow along with during the message.
Series 1: Dive In
Thesis: Our new series for the church is “Dive in!” I feel the Lord is challenging us as a church to dive in deeper into the spiritual dimension of our life. We need to go deeper in our relationship with Jesus. We need to go deeper in our commitment level for the Kingdom of Heaven. We live in a world which has two views or two perspectives. One is spiritual the other is fleshly. One is a Biblical world view the other a secular world view of things.
Application: So our point with the theme “Diving In” is to compel you to leave this one dimensional world and dive into another world which is rooted in the spiritual dimension of life. Yes, it’s there and it surrounds you everyday - you just may not see it because you are not looking for it- but if you choose to dive in – to immerse yourself in it just like divers do in the ocean then it will appear. Why “Dive In”? Because you will see a whole new world filled with: unusual life, color, amazement, beauty and things you are not use to seeing in this normal everyday world we live in. So come along with us as we dedicate ourselves to spiritual growth for the next 4 months. Dive in with us as we seek to see things in the spiritual world we have never seen before!
It’s an open invitation from us and the Lord -- Are you willing to make this covenant with Jesus – are you willing to make this commitment – are you willing to dedicate yourself to this spiritual task? Are you willing to take the plunge, to go all in, to take a risk, to take that leap of faith?
T.S. - Divers are dedicated to their sport, they train and get certified to dive, then they have to actually jump into the water world – it’s a total commitment you cannot keep half of your body in and half out if you really want to see and experience the sea world. You have to go in and go down deeper into the water and then this amazing world opens up before your eyes.