Defeated

The word ‘defeated’ means to be beaten in a battle or other contest, or to be demoralized and overcome by adversity. We are all vulnerable to a wide range of emotional pitfalls that if allowed, can bring us to this point physically, mentally and spiritually. But what if we flip our perspective and use defeat as a catalyst for positive change? What if we rise up and choose to be the victors over those things that cause us pain and suffering, just like Christ did? We won’t just grow stronger in our faith…we’ll begin to look more and more like Jesus.

Week 1 Message-  Anger Defeated

Date- March 3/8, 2018

Key Verse(s)- Romans 14-16; Mark 1-2

Speaker- Rusty Coram

 

There are two basic kinds of anger. The first is righteous anger that condemns injustice. Jesus was no stranger to this. The second is self-righteous anger that stems from an array of sinful behaviors involving arrogance, pride, judgment and more. We can’t control all situations, but with God’s help we can control how we react to them, and how we treat people in the process.

Week 2 Message-  Fear Defeated

Date- March 10/11, 2018

Key Verse(s)- Mark 3-7

Speaker- Rusty Coram

 

Unhealthy fear can be paralyzing, robbing us of our ability to think and act rationally. Fear can also lead us into a survival mode that feeds off of self-preservation rather than life-giving faith. The Bible gives us many examples of how keeping our focus on Jesus can give us unlimited peace, strength and courage.

Week 3 Message-  Bitterness Defeated

Date- March 17/18, 2018

Key Verse(s)- Mark 8-12

Speaker- Rusty Coram

As followers of Jesus, we are promised the blessing of eternity in heaven, but that in no way guarantees our lives will be pain and trouble free. In fact, a life led by faith in God almost guarantees an uphill battle. When the fight feels hard, cynicism and bitterness can easily take root if we don’t follow God’s lead to resist and replace them!

Week 4 Message-  Pride Defeated

Date- March 24/25, 2018

Key Verse(s)- Mark 13-16

Speaker- Rusty Coram

 

Pride is dangerous and epidemic. By definition, it means to have a very high opinion of one’s importance, merit or superiority. We have an enemy that consistently reminds us to feed our own egos. Scripture tells us time and again that humility, obedience and putting the needs of others above ourselves are the character traits that God is most interested in.

Week 5 Message-  Anxiety Defeated

Date- March 30, 2018 (Good Friday)

Key Verse(s)- Mark 13-16

Speaker- Rusty Coram

 

Anxiety is a word we seem to hear with growing urgency. Our fast-paced world is overwrought with the pressures of social media, family and relational difficulties, a contentious political climate, and distressing reports on the evening news. It’s easy to understand how a growing segment of our population lives in a constant state of anxiousness and worry. This feeling isn’t unknown to Jesus. Together, we’ll look at how He leaned on God to lead Him through an unfathomable series of events.

Week 6 Message-  Discouragement Defeated

Date- March 31/April 1, 2018 (Easter Weekend))

Key Verse(s)- Matthew 28

Speaker- Rusty Coram

 

The Easter story is a roller coaster of emotional highs and lows. Those who followed Jesus during that time knew He was the only hope of the world. When He died, they experienced a crushing feeling of loss and discouragement, because they weren’t privy to the rest of God’s plan. The same is true for us today. How do we maintain faith and hope when it sometimes feels like all hope is lost?

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