“We all have that “forever empty space” deep down here.”
Louis C.K. (Comedian)
The basic definition of idolatry is filling that “forever empty space” with anything besides God. We all do it, all the time. As the 18th century pastor and hymn writer Robert Robertson writes, “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love, here’s my heart, O, take and seal it; seal it for thy courts above.” (“Come Thou Font”). At the core idolatry is about misplaced worship and misplaced affections. Where do we find our sense of self-worth, meaning and purpose? Where do we turn for comfort, joy, happiness? If we can answer any of these questions with anything besides our Lord, then we have erected a potential idol in our hearts. Join us for our February Sermon series as we seek to understand the Biblical concept of idolatry, identify our own idols, and learn how to root them out of our hearts.
Elijah (‘my God is Yahweh’) and Elisha (‘my God is salvation’) are two of the most powerful prophets in the history of Israel. Ministering in a time where Israel’s kings had abandoned faith in the LORD and placed their trust in foreign kingdoms and foreign gods. Elijah and Elisha were radically counter-cultural, calling Israel to repent and return to the faith of their fathers. These two prophetic figures are immediately relevant for us today as we find ourselves living in an increasingly secular culture. In these perilous times Elijah and Elisha’s message is a much needed correction for Christians, who find themselves outnumbered on every side. These two prophets teach us how to live radically different lives in the spiritual draught of 21st century Europe!
12 August: The God who provides – 1 Kings 17:1-6
19 August: Obedient to the Word- 1 Kings 17:7-16
26 August: Nothing is Impossible – 1 Kings 17:17-24
02 September: A Wavering People- 1 Kings 18:1-21
9 September: The LORD God- 1 Kings 18:22-40
16 September: Persistent Prayer- 1 Kings 18:41-46
23 September: The Presence of God in our Brokenness – 1 Kings 19:1-18
30 September: God’s Call Requires Faith – 1 Kings 19:19-21
07 October: Call Upon God And You Will Be Saved – 2 Kings 1
14 October: We Are Instruments in the Hands of God – 2 Kings 2:1-18
21 October: Power Over the Grave- Christ in The OT – 2 Kings 4:8-37
28 October: The God of Grace – 2 Kings 5
04 November: Little Things Matter – 2 Kings 6:1-7
11 November: The Spiritual Reality All Around – 2 King 6:8-23
On this historic occasion of the 500th Anniversary Year of Luther’s bold act of posting his 95 Theses on the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, we will be taking some time to explore some of the foundational pillars of the protestant reformation. These Five Solas are the essentials that unite all Protestants together. No matter what Protestant tribe you claim as your own, these five fundamental truths distinguish us from the Catholic Church and unite us to all Protestant churches. But these are not dead doctrines of the past, they are in fact powerful and living doctrines that speak into our contemporary world. Join us for the next five Sundays as we reflect on some foundational truths taught in Scripture.
The Gospel of Mark is a fast-pace book. Full of action and to-the-point teaching. Join the ICF family as we journey through the book of Mark this Lenten season. We will find answers to questions such as Who is Jesus? Why did Jesus Come? What does it mean for me? Following the worship service there will be an opportunity for discussion and Q+A with the pastor. If you are interested please email Pastor Carsten (firstname.lastname@example.org)