Sunday…and last week…recap

This past week, The Ridge joined with Bridgepoint Church, St. Petersburg, FL (where my brother pastors), Palm Harbor Church, and SouthShore Community Church in Sarasota, for a fantastic youth camp at Camp Cherokee in Ocoee, TN.  We had over 160 middle and high school students and adults together for a week of worship, Bible study, fun, recreation, retreat, revival and renewal. God moved in powerful ways in many kids’ and adults’ lives. We saw at least a dozen profess faith in Christ for the first time and many dozens more make various other commitments to Christ! Praise God for the victories of this past week!

Continue to pray for these students that they would be obedient to the Lord in all the things He has called them to during these days.

This past Sunday was a great day as we celebrated Father’s Day @ The Ridge. As we began our worship gathering, I wondered if all of the Dads went fishing or were playing golf! Things were pretty slim, but we filled in with a good crowd pretty quickly. We had several fist time guests with us too! In addition, some second and third timers. Love seeing God bring new peopel to the Ridge in the midst of summer!

We are almost finished with our Old School Series as we have been “discovering the Gospel in the Old Testament.” This week we looked at Abraham and the test of faith God took him through when He asked him to sacrifice Isaac, his only son on an altar. This story is one in which the Gospel is most clearly seen. We see a powerful challenge to fathers too. As Abraham led his son to trust in God’s promises, protection and provision, we as dads today are to do the same. Leading our families to follow in faith, whereever God leads us. We learned that God’s will never contradicts His promises. That is why Abraham could do what was seemingly a crazy thing…because he knew God’s promises were true. He knew that God had promised to make a great nation through Isaac and somehow he would bring Isaac back from the dead (Hebrews 11:17-19).

Warren Weirsbe says “Faith does not demand explanations from God; faith rests on the promises of God.[1]” We look for God to explain Himself when we go through tests, trials…He doesn’t owe us an explanation. We simply need to trust in the promises of God. This is What Abraham did…and it was counted as righteousness to him. The evidnce of salvation in Abraham’s life was an obedient life.

Is the Gospel evident in your life? Do you trust in the promises. provision, and protection of God. Do you believe that His purposes are greater than yours? The Gospel is about a perfect Father who is full of grace and love…who sacrificed His Son to provide salvation. The Gospel is about Jesus…but Abraham reminds us that it is faith that is necessary on our part for the Gospel to be a reality in my life…the evidence will be an obedient, intimate relationship with God.

How would our church and community be different if the Gospel was really making this kind of difference in our lives? Here’s The Thing…What kind of Father would ask Abraham to do that? The kind you can trust! The kind who doesn’t have to explain anything to us. The kind whose promises are true and never fail.

[1]Wiersbe, Warren W.: Be Obedient. Wheaton, Ill.:Victor Books, 1996, c1991, S. Ge 22:3




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