Surrender is a word that has many negative connotations. Songs and sayings tell us to never surrender resonate deeply with us. However, when it comes to the Christian faith, surrender is absolutely necessary. In our new series, Confessions of a Control Freak, we explore where we seek control and how Jesus redirects that desire and challenges us to surrender that control for a better way, His way.
Week One: Control Freak
In Week 1, we look at how our desire to control can become a barrier to our relationship with God and salvation. Jesus, in His infinite wisdom, compassion and love for us, redirects our desire and challenges us to surrender control and accept our vulnerability as a gift.
Week Two: Surrender
In Week 2 of our Message Series, we explore how too often, we seek power over others to help us feel like we are in control. This week, we look at how Jesus redefines power. When we embrace the raw experience of being loved by the Creator, we develop an authentic love for and service to others. And this is the power Jesus desires for humanity.
Week Three: Image Control
In Week 3 of Confessions of a Control Freak, we explore how we are conditioned to craft and maintain an image for the world to see in order to keep us safe from judgement and ridicule. But God loves our truest self, even if we don’t always know who that is. When we surrender the image of who we portray ourselves to be in favor of our authentic selves, we encounter Christ.
Week Four: People Control
Too often we mistake control for love. When this root desire is misdirected, relationships are built on inequity and fear, not the truest love for the other. We can love or seek control. We cannot do both. In this week’s Message Series, Jesus redirects our desire for control to a desire to love like He loves, a love based in freedom and equity.
Week Five: God’s Varied Grace
In this final week, we explore how control is ultimately just an illusion, a tool we use to lull ourselves into a false sense of security. When we give Jesus permission to redirect our desires rooted in control, it can be scary, feel uncontrollable, and unruly, yet it is also freeing. We gain true freedom from judgment, resentment, and fear. And when we love as God loves, our lives are animated. We become the bible lived. We become good stewards of God’s varied grace.
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