Divine Disruptions

Now that we’re past Memorial Day, it feels like summer has officially begun. The humidity is creeping up. Temperatures are rising. Pools are open. School is out.

Starting on Sunday, we will begin a Summer Series called Divine Disruptions.

Do you like to be disrupted?

Me either.

I don’t enjoy feeling interrupted when I’m concentrating hard on a project. I like to stay focused and locked in.

Yet over and over again in the Bible there are stories of God disrupting the normal flows of people’s lives to usher them into something new. Something divine.

Usually, the disruption is not welcomed right away. The person would much rather stay with their normal routine than try something different.

Yet once the person accepts the interruption, their life often takes a dramatic turn for the better.

Here’s an overview of the specific Divine Disruptions we’ll study this summer.

June 2- Divine Disruptions: Paul

Disruption— Paul believed his life’s purpose was to persecute Christians. God steered his life in a different direction.

Theme— God will get your attention, even through a blinding light.

Key Verse: As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
—Acts 9:3

June 9- Divine Disruptions: Joshua

Disruption—Moses, Israel’s longtime leader, has died. God wanted Joshua to lead God’s people.

Theme— The ability to lead even when you do not feel qualified.

Key Verse: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
—Joshua 1:9

June 16- Divine Disruptions: Zacchaeus

Disruption— Zaccheaus wanted to be an outside observer, watching Jesus at a safe distance away. Jesus told him to come down from that tree.

Theme—When God infiltrated Zacchaeus’ heart, his life did a complete 180 turn.

Key Verse: Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
—Luke 19:9-10

June 23- Divine Disruptions: Obadiah

Disruption—Elijah, a wanted fugitive, unexpectedly presented himself to Obadiah. Obadiah had to decide whether to turn him in.

Theme— Obadiah had to trust that God was behind this divine disruption.

Key Verse: Elijah said, “As the Lord Almighty lives, whom I serve, I will surely present myself to Ahab today.”
—1 Kings 18:15

June 30- Divine Disruptions: Woman at the Well

Disruption— Jesus asked for a drink of water. Sometimes it is in the small interactions that major life change occurs.

Theme— Jesus provides a sustaining source of life to those who accept it.

Key Verse:  Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
—John 4:13-14

We have our last Wednesday Night Dinner tomorrow at 5:45 pm. Menu- Turkey Dinner!

We have breakfast on Sunday at 8:30 am with Jack and the crew.

Save the date! We have been invited to join Rock Hill United Methodist for dinner on June 9 at 5 pm. Details to come.

See you on Sunday!

—Pastor David

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