This Sunday we begin a new series titled “Glittering Vices: 7 Misguided Pursuits of Happiness.” We are studying an ancient list put together by the early Christian church over 1300 years ago to help disciple new converts and help them grow up into adult Christians. The list conceptualizes spiritual shortcomings and uses the image of a tree to represent the teaching. The list is complex and inclusive enough to implicate a vast range of sinful behavior, yet simple and memorable enough to help those young in the faith. At the core of the list is character transformation. Col. 3:9b-10: “since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator,"
This list of 7 is at the core of most sin. There is also an opposing virtue associated with each deadly sin. And there are antidotes to guard against these sins.On Sunday, we will look at pride. Pride is the root of the 7 deadly sins. Its opposing virtue is humility. This message launches our look at the 7 deadly sins, which are all rooted in pride. We will dig deep into our souls this Lenten season, which will have us erupting with joy on Easter.
TESTIMONY SERIES: BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! For a series of Sundays after Easter, we will listen to Pathway testimonies of God’s resurrection work in our lives. His resurrection power is at work in all believers! Tell your story! God’s work in you may have been dramatic and immediate or a process of years, but it’s His power and to Him the credit is due. Speak up! See Pastor Joel, if you might be willing. Again this year, we will offer alternate formats of video, interview, or solo presentation.
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