At North Highlands, God meets people where they are and moves them along the spiritual path at their own pace. So we invite you to ask questions, seek answers, and discover truth with us. Because here's the big thing, as you respond to the truth you will find what you are looking for and be transformed by the power of God into the person you were always meant to be.
We meet every Sunday morning for worship at 10:30 a.m. and LifeQuest at 9:00 a.m. LifeQuest is what we call Sunday morning small groups. They are always open and here is a list of the groups.
The themes and imagery of the Bible are repeated from Genesis to Revelation. But their stories all find their ultimate meaning in Christ. Last week, we began comparing the flood narrative with the baptism of Jesus. Like the flood, Jesus saw the heavens ripped open at the point of His baptism. He went into the waters which symbolized death. When He came out of the waters, symbolizing new life, the Spirit came down on Him like a dove, just as the dove landed on the ark. In all accounts of Jesus’ baptism, all three authors highlight that Jesus is the ark – the only means of salvation.
Join us this week as we continue to explore how the flood imagery is used in other texts of Scripture. To prepare, read Genesis 7–8.
Last week, we studied the story of “The Rich Young Ruler” found in Luke 18:18-30. There are at least three main parts to this story.
1. That there is no one who is good, but God.
2. Since there is no one good, but God…it is impossible for anyone to be given eternal life apart from the grace of God.
3. For those who have put their trust in Him and left everything to follow Him, there is a great reward. Not only in the next life, BUT in this present age as well.
1. Reflect on the fact that God is good.
2. Let’s ask God to search our heart for idols. Do our possessions distract us from the love of God? What idols are more important to us than God?
3. Thank God for His grace that is available to all who call upon Him for salvation!! Thank Him that our hope is in HIs goodness and not ours.
“But God showed His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom. 5:8
4. There is a cost to discipleship, but it will be worth it all. Ask God what the next step is for you and ask Him to help you make that step.
This week the Cornerstone class continued its study of Isaiah by finishing the exposition of Isaiah 7–12. The focus in Isaiah 7–12 is God’s promised judgment of Syria and the northern tribes of Israel by Assyria and the subsequent judgment of Judah and Jerusalem for their unbelief. Yet in the midst of judgment, God promises to preserve a remnant in Judah and to provide one who will lead jerusalem in righteousness in the future—the promised Messiah. A key take home from the study is that God’s promises never fail, the appropriate response to God’s promises is praise, and praise is the means by which the world comes to know and believe in the coming King.
We turn to the minor prophets. Those men who warned Israel that her consistent sinfulness, pride, and rebellion would land her in exile. Last week we read a summary of Israel's sins and her subsequent exile to the lands of Assyria, and later Babylon.
This week, we'll look at the voices that called a warning to the errant nation. We'll look at the message of Amos, who preached one of the most spine-tingling messages of doom Israel ever heard. Join us as we look at the sermons of the redneck farmer from the South who dared to proclaim the righteous judgment of God to the Yankees in the northern tribes. In preparation, read Amos chapters 1–9.