Have you ever had to do something that made you feel uneasy?  You know the feeling – butterflies in your stomach, that nervous feeling, just a general sense of trepidation. I’ve gone through seasons where I feel like I’m experiencing that almost on a momentary basis. I’ve also been through seasons when I can’t even remember the last time I felt that way. Now although I may prefer the latter seasons, the reality is that these times of discomfort are often when God can reach us best. In fact, when it really comes down to it Scripture is pretty clear that times of uneasiness will enter into our lives – A LOT.  If that wasn’t the case, why would we need to be warned to be strong and courageous and not to be frightened or dismayed (Joshua 1:9), or that we were given a spirit of power, love and self-control, not fear (1 Tim. 1:7), or to trust God with all of our hearts (Proverbs 3:6)? Why would we need to trust God with ALL our hearts, if our lives were intended to be easy, simple or without challenges?

We certainly may prefer it if our lives were smooth sailing all the time, but the fact is that is not where growth happens. And while growth may not always be easy, it is most certainly good. That’s why one of our core convictions at Rock Church is that “Everyone is meant to grow.” Growth as a follower of Jesus Christ is one of God’s goals for each one of us even when we don’t understand it.

11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Cor. 13:11-13)

As we grow in experience and in years, we are also intended to grow in  understanding as we draw closer to God, through love. As with everything God purposes for us, love is at the center. It is the key to our relationships with God and with one another, it is the key to our growth and it is the key to our salvation. As we started talking about in our new sermon series “One Another” last week, there are different commandments God gives us in the Word as to how we are to live and grow together as brothers and sisters.  This week, we’re going to continue to dig deeper into the Word and God’s command for us to “LOVE One Another.”  I hope to see you on Sunday as we grow together deeper in our faith and in love with God and one another. 

In the meantime, here are some opportunities that you won’t want to miss out on:

SALISBURY OUTREACH CONCERT TONIGHT!   Wednesday Aug. 9th, Rock Church will be the host church at the Salisbury Beach Outreach Concert.  The Rock Church Amesbury worship team (along with a few guests) will have the opportunity to perform at the Summer Outreach Concert Series at the new Salisbury Beach stage.  Come on out to sing praises to God at the beach while supporting the church and the worship team. Concert starts at 7pm, but we’ll be there early to set up tables and get ready.  We’d love your help if you’re up for it!

HERO CENTRAL DAY CAMP NEXT WEEK! Next week, August 14 – 18th, Rock Church will be working to bless the families of our community by hosting a full day camp at our Rock Church Plaistow location.  We’re also looking for volunteers to help out before, during and after the week so if you have some time and a desire to bless our community while pouring into the next generation, we’d love to have you! Please sign-up at http://2017.cokesburyvbs.com/rockchurch or email Pastor Jon - jon@rock-church.org.  We’re looking forward to another great week!

WOMEN’S MINISTRY BBQ – On Saturday, August 26th the Rock Church Women’s Ministry will hold their annual BBQ at the Plaistow campus. There will be chicken, ribs and hot dogs and we’re counting on you for the appetizers and desserts! If your last name begins with A-M, please come with a salad or appetizer. If your last name begins with N-Z, please bring a dessert along.  Hope to see you there!

Have a blessed week all!

P. Rachel


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