Teachings from MSU Wesley Foundation
God's Will and God's Ways - Sovereignty in the Wake of Suffering (Katie Heckel)
You’ve probably heard or said some of these sayings before, often within tragedy and hardship as a way of grasping for meaning behind suffering. Sayings like:
“Everything happens for a reason…”
“God is in control…”
“It was God’s timing…”
“Lord willing” or “it must have been God’s will…”
But what if some of your suffering wasn’t God’s will?
This week at Thrive, we’re wrapping up our “God’s Will and God’s Ways” series by discussing God’s sovereignty. How do we understand God’s will and his sovereignty in the wake of hardship and suffering?
God's Will and God's Ways - Decisions (Hugh Griffith)
Decisions. Doesn't it sometimes feel like college life is just one decision after another... Summer plans, major change, class scheduling, a new involvement on campus, relationships, where to live next year, Jimmy Johns or Chick-Fil-A, grad school or get a job...which job...what if I can't find a job??? God's will. How can I be confident that my decisions are synced up with God's will? Does God have an opinion about everything? What if God is silent? If only God would come help me with these decisions...
God's Will and God's Ways - Calling (Hugh Griffith)
What do I want to do with my life? Or maybe the better question is, What does my life want to do with me? This week at Thrive, we're starting a three-week series on God's will by talking about God's will and our calling. Because God has a will, it’s not all up to me alone to figure out what to do with my life. Our Creator has helpful input and good intentions for what we do with our lives. Because I have a will, I play the crucial role of responding to God’s callings. It's a beautiful thing when calling becomes a partnership between God’s will and yours.
Intimacy, prt 2: Self-Awareness (Katie Heckel)
In the Bible, a lack of awareness is often compared to blindness. And blindness is often portrayed as a central obstacle to intimacy with God and others. So how does God help us with our blindness? Two ways:
1/ God utilizes other people to help us see.
2/ God helps us with our blindness is by showing it to us.
How we respond once we’ve become aware has the ability to grow us closer to one another building intimacy or it can push us away from one another breaking intimacy.
Intimacy: God Listens (prt. 1) - Katie Heckel
Would intimacy be a word you would use to describe your relationships? What about with God? One way to summarize the Bible’s story is this: It is the story of God’s hunger for intimacy; his pain at its loss; his determination to recapture it; and his fierce joy at its redemption. This week at Thrive, Katie’s teaching on intimacy with God and how God’s presence and God’s listening means our relationship with him can grow in intimacy. Hope you’ll join us and bring a friend!
Live Loved (1 John, prt. 3) - Hugh Griffith
Living loved is one continuous experience that starts with being loved by God. Then living loved trusts the love that sent Jesus to solve our estrangement and our eternity issues. And then lives out the loved you receive.