Weekend Message Takeaway: “Just Believe”

How long does it take you to believe in something or someone? To be convinced something is real, credible, and true? What does it take to get you to believe?

This weekend, Pastor Duane Roberts from our Boynton Beach campus explored the power of belief when we come face-to-face with the work of Jesus. As we continued our series through the Gospel of John, we read some well-known and important stories such as the plot to kill Jesus, the death of Lazarus, and Jesus’s statement, “I am the resurrection and the life.” 

Watch the video above to see a few highlights from the teaching and share it with your friends via social media. To watch the message in its entirety, click here.

 

 

 

FOR THE NOTE TAKERS
Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Duane's teaching this weekend:

Believing Is Receiving (John 10:31–42): Receiving is all about having open hands as opposed to folded arms. The Pharisees refused to believe in Jesus because they refused to receive His message and His works. You see, their hands were full of stones, which represented their hearts. Often, those who believed in Jesus encountered Him empty-handed and broken-hearted. This allowed them to receive Him fully.

Jesus Is Always Looking to Deepen Our Belief (John 11:1–16): Have you ever gone through a difficult season? Often, it’s hard to look past what we’re experiencing, what we’re facing in the moment. In John 11, we see Mary and Martha in a deeply difficult place—their brother had just died. But as we saw with the death of Lazarus, God often allows trials and tribulations to take place in our lives to do something amazing . . . so that He may deepen our belief, draw us closer to Him, make us more like His Son, and be glorified through it all.

Jesus Challenges Us to Believe One Way or the Other (John 11:17–57): Have you ever felt challenged by Jesus to believe in Him? To experience something deeper, something greater in your life? Often, the call to believe in Him can seem like a threat to us . . . to our lifestyle, our status, our position, our very identity. In the same way, the message of the gospel we preach to the world is often perceived in such a manner. Like Jesus, many may try to persecute us. But this shouldn’t deter us; it should spur us on to deeper faith and confirm for us we are doing the work God called us to. Remember, in the midst of intensifying persecution, great miracles can take place and many can come to faith.

Quote to Remember:God invites us to experience His resurrected power today. We don’t have to wait for it in the future.—Pastor Duane Roberts


FEATURED ARTICLE: CONTEXT IS KEY: “THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART"
"Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”—Psalm 37:4 (ESV)

In this week’s featured article, Communications Minister Danny Saavedra examines Psalm 37:4 within its intended context to see what it really means, what it doesn’t mean, and how taking it out of context can be dangerous. Click here to read the article.


COMMUNITY GROUP LEADERSHIP TRAINING
First Saturday of Each Month, 3–5pm |Outreach Meeting Room (Fort Lauderdale Campus)
If you feel called by God to lead a community group, we’d love for you to join us at our next community group leadership training! Experience the joys of community as you discover just how much better we are together. For more information and to let us know you’re coming, click here.


CONNECT FOUR-WEEK GROUP EXPERIENCE
New Session Start in July
Are you new to Calvary? Did you recently make the decision to follow Jesus? Are you looking to plug into our church? Connect is the perfect starting point for you! Connect is a four-week experience for those who are new to Christianity, curious about Calvary, or want to get involved. It’s a place where you can ask questions, learn more about Jesus, find great community, and discover how you can be part of something bigger than all of us. Click here to sign up for sessions starting next month!


SUMMER ACTIVITIES
Summer camps, picnics, beach days, and more! There are so many activities for your kids and family to enjoy this summer that we’ve put them all in one place on this calendar. Check it out, invite some friends, and make plans to participate in some (or all) of these fun events! Click here for Calvary Chapel summer activities or here for Calvary Christian Academy summer camps and activities. 


A LOOK AHEAD

Join us this Wednesday for an incredible night of powerful worship and heartfelt prayer as we reflect on Psalm 143 and the theme of deliverance. As a church family, we will pursue God’s heart and lift up His name!

This weekend, we’ll continue “The King and His Cross” as we study John 12:1–19. In this message, Pastor Doug will explore the significance of the anointing of Jesus at Bethany and His triumphal entry into Jerusalem as we inch closer to the cross.

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.