Life in the Gap

LIFE IN THE GAP | Standing in the Gap

LIFE IN THE GAP | Standing in the Gap

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

I. We are not alone in the Gap

A. There is a gap between what I am and who I want to be. We are not alone in that.

  • Husband | My wife is in a gap, Father| My kids are in a gap, Pastor | My church is in a gap.

B. The most dangerous thing that can happen to you is to get focused just on you.

  • God uses other people’s gaps as well as your own to refine you.
  • God meant for us to be involved with one another. To live to share… We call it community

 >>> Our life is not just about us. We are called to be part of the family of God and when you are adopted into that family you not only get all the benefits but all the responsibility. You have a new family and you need to be the best brother or sister you can be. When we talk about embracing the responsibility to lead others to New Life and New possibilities we are not just talking about people who don’t know Christ, but also our brothers and sisters.

LIFE IN THE GAP | Gaps By Design

LIFE IN THE GAP | Gaps By Design
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. -1 Peter 1:6-7

We’re finding purpose in the middle of our gaps.

We're so focused on our past and so anxious about the future, we miss His presence in the middle, in the gap.

>>>This morning I want to take a look at how we can begin making progress in the gap. Start moving forward. It starts with a commitment to no longer compromise. And yet, this doesn’t get rid of the gap. So how are we supposed to live in the gap?

These gaps by design.

LIFE IN THE GAP | Stuck in the Gap

LIFE IN THE GAP | Stuck in the Gap
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. -1 Peter 1:6-7

We’re finding purpose in the middle of our gaps.

What keeps us stuck in the gap... 

I. The Promise (Exodus 3:7-10)

Then the Lord told him, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey—the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live. Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.”

Bringing them into a new land, making them a new nation

Wilderness Detour (Exodus 13:17-18)

LIFE IN THE GAP | Purpose Awakens

LIFE IN THE GAP | Purpose Awakens

Today we celebrate the most significant event in history—the resurrection of Jesus Christ!

For centuries, various groups have sprung up claiming the resurrection of Jesus is a fabricated story. 

  • Disciples stole the body.
  • The resurrection was a spiritual event. Jesus didn’t physically rise from the dead.
  • The Roman soldiers, crucifixion experts, made a mistake and Jesus was never really dead.

We really believe that…

  1. Jesus really died.
  2. Jesus was really buried.
  3. Jesus really, physically, resurrected. Defeating hell, death, and grave!

This single event has changed the world. It’s effects are still reverberating throughout time. It has the power to change the most calloused heart. To heal the most broken soul.