Whether we’re religious or not, we all have at least one thing in common: we’ve all made some messes in our lives. You’ve said things like, “I messed that up,” “I made a mess of that,” or, “My life is a mess.” We’ve all been in, are in, or are only one decision away from a mess. Join us April 23 through May 28 as we learn about a powerful connection between our messes and our relationship with God.
April 23: The Mess in the Mirror // Matthew 7:4–5
Whether we’re religious or not, we all have at least one thing in common: we’ve all made some messes in our lives. You’ve said things like, “I messed that up,” “I made a mess of that,” or, “My life is a mess.” We’ve all been in, are in, or are only one decision away from a mess. But there’s something you need to know: there’s a powerful connection between your messes and your relationship with God.
Sermon Notes and Daily Study Guide // Discussion Questions and Small Group Study Guide
April 30: #LoveLehighValley // NO WORSHIP SERVICES
This Sunday we will not have Worship services, or Sunday School, or Small Groups, or any activities at Asbury Church. Instead we will be taking part in a church-wide community service event with Faith Church, an Evangelical Free Church in Allentown, and several other churches to unleash over 2,000 servants into the community. There will be over fifty opportunities for people of all ages to serve between 8 AM and 4 PM. We will spread mulch, paint parking lots, fix playgrounds, clean up trash, plant flowers, paint schools, prepare information packets, write letters to servicemen and women, and so much more. Click here to learn more.
May 7: Best Mess Ever // Matthew 7:24–27
We’ve all made messes in our lives. In fact, we know a mess when we see one because we are messes. It’s something we all have in common. Our messes may bring us together, but they also make us feel separated from God. When we can’t even live up to our own standards, how can we live up to God’s standards? We assume our messes must disappoint or anger our heavenly Father, but the truth is, the mess that brings us together is the mess that brought God near.
May 14: Move Toward the Mess // Luke 10:25–37
Jesus told us to love our neighbors as ourselves, but that’s easier said than done. Which people qualify as neighbors…and which don’t? How far does our responsibility to others extend? If we make the effort to move toward the messes in other people’s lives, how inconvenient is too inconvenient? How unsafe is too unsafe? How dangerous is too dangerous? What are the limits to loving others as we love ourselves?
Pastor John Hambrick, author of the book Move Toward the Mess, will be our guest preacher this Sunday. John Hambrick is part of the leadership team at Buckhead Church (the urban campus of North Point Community Church). His experience in Pakistan, London, South Africa, and inner-city Los Angeles has given him a unique perspective on what God is doing in the world. Move Toward the Mess is his first book. Click here to learn more.
May 21: Inside Out // Philippians 1:4–6
We’ve all made messes in our lives. In fact, we know a mess when we see one because we are messes. It’s something we all have in common. One misconception is that the Christian life is all about avoiding messes, but that’s not true. If you dumb Christianity down to being about avoiding trouble, then your faith will be all about you—the foundation of another mess. Following Christ isn’t about avoiding something…it’s about becoming something.
May 28: Messy-er // 1 Samuel 24:1–13
When you have a mess to address, first options aren’t usually the best options. Getting back at the person who wronged you, lashing out, taking risky gambles—first options often make messes messier. Doing the right thing is more difficult. Doing the right thing doesn’t offer quick, simple fixes. But it results in a story worth telling, a story that glorifies God. That’s because doing the right thing begins with following Jesus.