Hebrews 11 is a role call of great men and women who lived by faith during times of spiritual warfare. Not all were decorated for their victories. Many suffered and died in the midst of the battle. And even though none of them were able to see and experience the establishment of the everlasting kingdom of Christ, all of them stand as permanent testimonies to the fact that the life of faith pays off. Because they endured in faith-driven hope, we can too.
The practical point of Hebrews 11 is that all these saints of old were born and raised in imperfection, lived lives that I would not recommend you emulate, but are still saved by grace and persevered through hardship with faith and hope. As humans, they were no better than you and I. Therefore, we can have enduring hope to climb from the trenches, listen to God's voice and live faithful lives as we fix our eyes on Jesus.
Join us this Sunday at 9:30am, as we conclude our summer teaching series, Heroes of Faith. We should give thanks for these saints of old, for they exemplified courageous faith during difficult times, and yet we are the ones who have received the better blessing through Jesus Christ. If these "heroes of faith" had not trusted God and obeyed His will, Israel would have perished and the Messiah would not have been born.
Sunday Morning Adult Discipleship. Join us at 11:00am, as we look at the Stories Jesus Told in the New Testament. This week, we will look at the Parable of the Soil from Matthew 13. This parable is a story about four different conditions of the heart. Why did Jesus tell this story, and what is the current state of my heart. Join us Sunday at 11:00am and learn more about how the condition of your heart can impact God's ability to use you to make Jesus non-ignorable.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Don't forget that tomorrow, Saturday, is our BHS Weeding Party. We will meet at Beaverton High School at 8:00am. Please bring a pair of gloves along with weeding/landscaping tools. We will gather at the flagpole (near the main entrance) for instructions. In order to beat the heat, we will plan to be done by 11:00am. Consider joining us for this opportunity to show the love of Jesus in a practical way.
Where's Calvary Parkside?: Only a few weeks left to participate in our Calvary Parkside Summer Road Trip. Grab your t-shirt and snap a picture of you wearing it in some exotic, or not-so-exotic, location. Email your photo to email@example.com. It's that easy! Need a Calvary Parkside t-shirt? Stop by the Next Step Table this Sunday and pick one up and let's continue to "Make Jesus non-ignorable in Beaverton and to the ends of the earth."
See you Sunday!