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Steve Zeisler - February 15, 2015

The Priority of Prayer

It is clear that followers of Jesus are called into battle – a battle not waged with ‘fleshly weapons’ but with weapons of spiritual power. A praying community is central to this fight. As we pray together sin is overcome; the weak are raised up; confession leads to freedom; the wanderers are sought out. In these ways the followers of Jesus become a city set on a hill and those outside the faith are made welcome.

Scripture References: James 5:13-20

From Series: "Immortal. Invisible."

We focus on the world we can see, hear, and touch; and are often warned, with good reason, against excessive attention to virtual experience and worldly fantasies. However, flights of imagination and the things of the material world are not the totality of existence; indeed neither is of first importance. By faith we grasp truth that is not tangible, apprehend reality we can’t measure, take hold of experience that has not yet occurred. Hebrews 11:1 states succinctly: Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. There are two categories in view here: a) history that is certain but not yet accomplished (what is hoped for) and b) profound realities everywhere around us that we cannot measure with our senses (things not seen). In this sermon series we will begin a new year, not with resolutions about diets, budgets and exercise. Rather, we aim to grow in grace - giving attention to realities that beckon us from the future and form us in the present while remaining unseen.

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