The Last Words of Jesus- Week 3

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What is this series about?

The last words of a person are very telling of who a person is or was. Over the course of this series, we will be examining seven statements that Jesus made before his death. Through this examination we hope to learn more on this Jesus we follow. At His most vulnerable, we can really ask: Who was                                                                               He? Why do I follow Him?

This week as we examine the last words of Jesus, we want to ask: What would it look like for us to have an authentic emotional relationship with God?

Big Idea: Jesus, too, wrestled with God's plan.

  • Scripture Reference: Matthew 27:45
  • "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?"
  • Jesus was aware of God's plan, he was neither confused or objected to the plan, he simply emotionally expressed that he did not want to do this.

What does this mean for us?

  • Most of us want to live a life that belongs to us alone, when in truth our lives belong to God.
  • You are constantly being asked to give up control of your life or the concept of the life you want.
  • If we are honest with ourselves, we are all wrestling with God's plan for us.
    • Some of us struggle with simple obedience
    • Some of us are in situations where we feel like we are doing everything right, but we are still in a place that we do not want to be.
    • Some of us are still in place where we are struggling to accept Jesus

Big Idea 2: Despite wrestling with God's plan, Jesus fully trusted Him.

  • Scripture Reference: Luke 23:44-49
  • "Father into your hands, I commit my Spirit."
  • With full trust, even though he had felt anxious and was wrestling with God's plan, he fully trusted that ultimately, God was good.
    • God is good and is working good in your life. We need to do two things
      • Put whatever it is we are wrestling with out there. Let God know where you are struggling.
      • Daily surrender your life and move from wrestle to trust in God.
It is time to move from wrestle to trust. Surrender is a daily process. I will trust in a good God who will take care of me. I will trust in a good God whose plan is better than mine. I have to trust that God has the best interest in my life
— Charlie Loften

What is going on at the Grove?

Easter Sunday Easter is this Sunday! We would love to have you join us and invite friends! We will be having our normal two service times at 9:00 and 10:30. Please consider attending the 9:00 service to make room in the 10:30 service for visitors.

Parking for Easter Sunday: If you will be at church for both services this Sunday, please plan to park in the lots off of Green Acres, behind the church, to make room in the parking lot for visitors.

Connections 101 on April 8th: If you are new to the Grove and wondering how to connect or if you have been around a while and are curious about why we do what we do, our Connection classes are for you! On April 8th immediately following the 10:30 service in the Greenhouse lead pastor Charlie will be hosting the first of our four part introduction to Grove. Lunch and childcare will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Empowered to Connect Conference April 13-14 Empowered to Connect is a 2-day simulcast event that the Grove is hosting April 13-14. This conference serves to equip foster & adoptive families, the churches & professionals who support them, and anyone working with kids from hard places. The content will take you through understanding brain chemistry, attachment, and the power of trust to heal a child. The teaching is extremely practical and research-based. The cost is $25 and will include lunch on both days. Register here: https://thegrovechurch.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/114479

Cultivate on April 9th Our next monthly Cultivate will be Monday, April 9th from 6:30 to 7:30. This is a class during which we will be learning about the foundational beliefs that define us as Christians and help us grow deep in our relationship with God. If you need childcare, please contact leslie@thegrovechurch.org

Canopy NWA – Refugee Family Sponsorship In partnership with Canopy NWA, a co-sponsorship team from The Grove Church is working to support a refugee family arriving in Northwest Arkansas. The team is trying to raise $2,500 to cover a small portion of the $8,000 it costs to support a refugee family in the first 90 days of arrival. Your donation will be used towards the total expenses of securing housing, transportation, job training, cultural orientation, and other expenses during that first 90 days. For more information about Canopy and the need for your support, please visit www.canopynwa.org. Thank you for your support! You can contribute financially and learn more here: https://www.purecharity.com/refugee-family-sponsorship

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