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October 18, 2020 | Doug Sauder
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This past weekend, we had an amazing online experience with you! We shared a wonderful time of worship, enjoyed a powerful and timely teaching, and experienced a refreshing time of community while having conversations, praying together, building one another up, and sharing in the Word of God through online groups.
Continuing our “Miracles” series with a Mother’s Day message, Pastor Doug explored the miracle of motherhood and the special role mothers have in our lives.
Dive deeper into this teaching on your own, with your family, or in your online group! Watch the video below to see a recap of this weekend’s teaching. You can also scroll down to check out expanded notes and summaries from the teaching and get informed on some of the great resources available to you.
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FOR THE NOTE TAKERS
Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug’s message:
Moms Endure Great Pain Because They Have Great Love (Matthew 15:21–23): Motherhood wasn’t supposed to be painful. Genesis 3 explains why there is pain in childbirth, as it was a consequence for sin in the Garden. But the gospel shows us that God has provided a way for the pain to be undone, swallowed up by joy and restoration.
Jesus compares His leaving and our reunion to a mom giving birth to a child, saying, “Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you” (John 16:20–22 NKJV).
Women seem to know that the idea of pain and love are connected. That’s why they gather around one another in crisis. This is a beautiful example of what the Church is supposed to look like: brothers and sisters bearing one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2), praying together, pressing into God and one another for strength and wisdom. If you’re looking for the kind of community that comes together and rallies around one another in celebration, crisis, and everything in between, visit JoinAGroup.org today!
Moms Can Run Through Walls (Matthew 15:24–27): The story we found ourselves in this weekend was of the Syrophoenician woman whose daughter was possessed by demons. She was a Canaanite, a Gentile, a non-Jewish person who didn’t know about the Messiah or believe in the God of Israel, but she knew—even all the way in Tyre and Sidon—about Jesus, who He was, His power, and the miraculous works He had been performing. She had heard whispers that He was the promised Messiah the Jewish people had been waiting for, the Son of David, the Savior of the world. And so she came and begged Him to heal her daughter. But Jesus did a curious thing . . . First, He ignored her. Then, He rejected her. And then, He seemingly insulted her. But the truth is what He was really doing was testing her. And the result we see is her tenacity for her daughter and her great faith in Jesus, as she was confident only He could change things.
A Mom’s Prayer Can Change Your Story (Matthew 15:28): Jesus tells this Canaanite woman that she has great faith, and then He heals her daughter. She is the only person in the Bible Jesus said this to directly!
Friends, pray like this mom, intercede like this mom, never stop praying! God knows what you need before you ask, but He still wants you to ask because He wants to hear from you and talk to you! Persist, pray without ceasing, believe, and expect! Your prayers are being heard, they make a difference, and God is moving in them!
Quote to Remember: Pain is swallowed up in victory by Jesus who took our place.—Pastor Doug Sauder
We have several exciting Bible plans available for you to subscribe to! From a reading plan to follow along with our “Miracles” series to a plan on experiencing peace, to a few great plans that explore the basics of Christianity, we have a variety of awesome resources for you to grow in your faith and study the Word of God.
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A LOOK AHEAD
As we continue to track the news and information about COVID-19 and its effects both worldwide and right here in our surrounding cities, this week we will continue to hold services ONLINE ONLY.
Join us online this Wednesday as we continue our class series “The Power of Community in Crisis.” Then on the weekend, we’ll conclude our “Miracles” series with a special Foster Care Weekend message from Pastor Doug about the miracle of family and adoption.
We look forward to spending another awesome week with you!
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