There are a few announcements that we need to make you aware of so that you can put them on your calendar.
- FaithPoint Men – There is a simulcast event this weekend at Porterfield Baptist Church in Macon. The cost of the even is $5. The cost covers your conference materials, supper on Friday night and breakfast on Saturday morning. The event will begin at 5:30 pm on Friday and continue at 7:30 am on Saturday morning.
- We will be doing something a bit different at our Wednesday gathering this week. I am excited to be able to teach you this week. Please come prepared to take notes on your device or bring a notebook. It is going to be a good time of learning and fellowship.
- Our FaithPoint Men’s gathering will continue this Sunday. Please read chapter 5 of Dude’s Guide to Manhood and be prepared to discuss what you have learned.
- This coming Sunday, we will be in Genesis 32. If you have not done so already, you still have time to catch up by reading the rest of the verses in Genesis 30 and 31. It will help to prepare you for Sunday.
Pastor James’ sermon yesterday was very important and applicable to our lives. God’s plan never changes. That is good news for us. It does not matter what knuckle ball life throws at us; there is no trial, struggle, temptation, that can derail or make God change His plans. His plan for your life will not fail. Amen!
Here are the notes from Pastor James’ sermon Unchangeable:
(God’s plans are unchangeable)
We are not called to simply obey God but we are also called to trust Him. Now that is the hard part. See. it is easy to obey God when He tells us to do something we know we are capable of doing. But it is a whole other story to do something we are not sure about.
Another hard thing is to keep trusting God when everything is changing. That is the real battle. It would be all nice and easy if God told us to do something that it just worked together like a puzzle, but that doesn’t always happen… and we all know that. Sometimes things change, plans change, you change. But that does not change that fact that God has a plan for us.
Where we are in Genesis is that Jacob has been with Laban for about 20 years. He worked, got married, worked some more, got married again because he got tricked the first time, then kept working just trying to make a living, (oh) and as we heard last week had some babies… a lot of them.
But God had a plan for Jacob, He told him that back in Gen.28:15 ( “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”)
So there is Jacob’s plan… Go, and I will be with you, and bring you back here.
Real assuring. Jacob didn’t get a road map or anything. He didn’t get a playbook for what may lie ahead. He was simply told to go… AND HE DID. See back then they believed that God would actually provide and keep His word, they didn’t get discouraged when things didn’t go their way, or change. They just kept on moving, trusting God. Let me show you.
(Look at gen.31:1-16)
God provides for Jacob, even as circumstances change. God told Jacob some 20 years ago that no matter what He would provide for him. So, just because Laban kept changing things, didn’t change the fact that God was going to provide for His child.
Even after Jacob left Laban, Laban went after him. God still provided. When you are doing God’s will. God will provide for you. We all get scared when the Holy Spirit pushes us to do something. Why? Well, simple, we are scared that we won’t be able to do it. We forget that it is God controlling the whole thing. See Jacob could have left any time, but he didnt. He stayed and kept going, pushing through all the stumbles that popped up on the road, because He trusted God would provide… and later in the chapter we find out that Laban gets mad and chases after Jacob when He leaves. When Laban, after 10 days, finally catches him, and accuses him of stealing … God still protects Jacob… and sends Laban back on his way back home, empty handed and blesses Jacob and his huge family…
So where does this leave us… Because its not like we are wandering the desert with our families and livestock waiting to hear from God. See, just because we don’t do the same things that they did, we are still called to trust and obey just like they did. See, Jacob trusted that God would provide for him, so he kept moving forward. But why? What about us…? Why should we keep moving…? Well Paul tells why in Romans 5:1-5
(Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.)
See, we keep moving through struggles and bumps in the road, because it brings us closer to God. By going through all these things in our life we get to understand God at a deeper level if we put our trust in Him, and obey Him.
So we can all agree that when it comes to life – things will change, that’s just a fact of life… but my prayer is that as things change and we have to alter OUR plans, we remember that God doesn’t change, His plans don’t change. God stays the same forever, and ever Amen!
Love and praying for y’all, Pastor James Griffeth