Hannah the mother of Samuel is an incredible story of faith. Hannah had faith that she would conceive and bear a son. Hannah faced many obstacles that stood in her way along with a rival who tormented her. But throughout her trials Hannah remained committed to God and His promise by faith.
God created us to fulfill His plans and purposes. Jesus redeems us to fulfill God's redemptive plan. The Holy Spirit transforms and empowers us to live the life Jesus lived. Jesus came to serve. Therefore our purpose in Christ as a believer and collectively as a church is to serve the plans and purposes of God.
God created mankind to fulfill His plans and purposes. Man cannot fulfill his purpose outside of a relationship with Jesus Christ. Only in Christ we can know and fulfill our created purpose. God created us as His masterpiece to fulfill His purposes and one of those purposes is worship. At the heart of worship is love and devotion.
Creation is God's masterpiece. Man is the pinnacle of God's masterpiece, created in the image and likeness of God. God created man for the purpose of fellowship. Sin separated man from the perfect fellowship he enjoyed with God in the Garden of Eden. Jesus came to redeem mankind from their sin and restore us relationally to God, fulfilling God's creative purpose.
The book of James describes religion that is pure and undefiled as well as religion that is useless and deceptive. Religion that is useless can be used as covering for our flesh, attempting to hide the failures we don't want to be seen. This is the perfect opportunity for our adversary to oppress us with religion and steal life.
Sexual immorality is one of the most oppressive opportunities our spiritual adversary will exploit. Sexual immorality gives our adversary an opportunity to cause destruction in marriages, families and sexual purity. God has a freeing, plan of restoration and healing but we have to be committed God. Our desire to be pure must be greater than our desire to be sexually impure.
Unforgiveness opens the door and welcomes oppression into our lives. Unforgiveness will result in bitterness and it damage all meaningful relationships. In this message we want to expose unforgiveness and break the power of oppression.