I am writing this blog from Lima, Peru. We are at Pastor Robert Barriger’s church, Camino de Vida. They have 10,000 people who attend their church in 5 services. So while C3 was having their services, Matt was preaching at services in Peru. The church is alive and well around the world!!
It has been said you can tell there is great leadership when the leader is gone and things carry on as good or better. Matt is an awesome leader, and we have a great staff full of great leaders that make things even better when we are gone!
I am so proud of Christian Painter for preaching Sunday morning for the first time in our Sunday services. Christian and Tonya started coming to C3 in 2003 and started serving and getting involved in connect groups before later coming on staff. They’ve always had a great heart to serve wherever. They’ve served in children’s ministry, public relationship, and now they serve in student ministry. They have stayed planted in God’s House and it’s so exciting to see what God has done!
Christian continued our SUPER NATURAL series. Here is a recap of his sermon on Moses and the Red Sea, and the lessons we learn from his life.
Psalm 77:14 “You are the God who performs miracles; You display your power among the people.”
Exodus 14:10-12 “As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD. They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”
1. Focus on God’s faithfulness in the past when we face a crisis today.
The Israelites were focused on the Egyptians instead of being focused on what God had told them. We have a tendency to do the same, when we complain about what we think is going wrong, instead of focusing on what God is doing in and through our situation.
Exodus 14: 13-14 “Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
2. Be still and know that God is going to answer your prayers.
When the Israelites couldn’t comprehend their situation, they wanted to take matters into their own hands, but God told them to be still and that he would fight on their behalf. The same is true for us – we don’t need to take control when we feel like things are out of control. Instead, we need to be still and wait on the Lord. As our Heavenly Father, he loves to protect us and work on our behalf. As we wait on Him, we have to have faith that He is working all things for our good.
James 1:6 “But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”
Exodus 14:15 “Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.”
3. Be willing to move when God says MOVE.
The Israelites were still crying out to God, and He was telling them that it was time to move forward. There may be a situation in which God has already given you the direction, but you are so caught up in the details of the situation, that you fail to MOVE and take action when He tells you to. What is God telling you to MOVE to do, but you keep telling Him about the situation? We need to move forward toward the Promise Land and not stay in the Wilderness.
If you missed this weekend’s message or would like to hear it again, you can also check it out on the podcast…
Matt and I fly back on Monday. We leave Peru at midnight Monday night and arrive home mid-morning Tuesday.
See you next weekend,