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Take Courage

A 7-Week Study from Jennifer Rothschild, April 6 – May 18

Do you ever feel like the happy ending of your story is a million miles away?

Then you know how the Jewish people felt when they returned to their wrecked land after exile and began rebuilding the temple. They were distracted, discouraged, and ready to throw in the towel. But the prophet Haggai reminded them they could find courage in the God who had never left them.

Sometimes the landscapes of our lives feel wrecked, with our hope and purpose in shambles. We, too, get distracted and discouraged. However, God’s presence and promises give us the courage to press on and trust Him with our story.

In this 7-session study on the Book of Haggai, learn to walk confidently in your calling, stay motivated despite opposition, and courageously invest your life in God’s purposes, trusting Him for results you may never see in this lifetime.

Benefits:

  • Defeat discouragement through God’s presence, people, and Word.
  • See beyond your current circumstances to a future hope.
  • Learn to trust God more than your feelings.
  • Connect with other women!

The group materials will be online videos with study materials to be watched and discussed in small group settings. Both in-person small-groups, as well as zoom groups, will be available.

For thousands of years, the people of Israel oriented their lives around the way of Yaweh, called the Torah. When Moses comes down from Mount Sinai he carries with him 10 laws (or commandments) that will help shape the newly freed slaves of Egypt into a nation God intends to be a blessing to all nations. Over time, those 10 laws become 613 as the Jewish people commit themselves to living a clean and holy life as Yahweh commanded. 

This is the context in which Jesus enters the picture. In the first teaching of the first gospel (Matthew), Jesus goes up to a mountain side with a handful of his disciples and introduces a teaching that has been talked about for thousands of years since, the Sermon on the Mount. 

When Jesus gathers his disciples together, he begins to teach what they had been taught for a lifetime in a completely new way. Jesus was moving the focus from doing to being. Laws are great for a good number of reasons. They help keep us organized as a community and create boundaries for behavior. But laws are disconnected from the heart and Jesus was going to re-oriented that way of legalized living toward heart connection with God and others. 

Jesus begins this revolutionary teaching with the Beatitudes (Mark 5: 3-12). A beatitude is a blessing, but also more than that. When the bible was being translated in the early church from Greek to Latin, St. Jerome chose the word “beati” which more accurately means “happy” or even “rich”. So, when Jesus says to his disciples, “Blessed are the poor in spirit” we can translate that to “You are rich when you’re at the end of your rope.” This is of course counterintuitive. Nobody feels rich when they’re down. But such is the way of Jesus. 

For the next six weeks we will be walking through this incredible piece of scripture together on Sundays and in community groups. If we do this right together, this teaching of Jesus should challenge the way we see God, ourselves, and the world around us. Like the people of Israel we might be confused or even disoriented by Jesus words, but Jesus doesn’t leave us in the dark. His life is a living example of the sermon he gave on the mountain side. We only need to show up with an open heart, a curious mind, and a surrendered spirit to allow God to begin the renovation inside of us from doing things for God to being the people of God.   

Experiencing loss and walking the challenging path of grief can be one of the most isolating and painful places to walk. Our hearts are committed to coming alongside those facing grief with meaningful support, resources, and hope. Our Grief Support Classes and support groups are led by compassionate people who really do understand. This 12-week class can be joined at any time in the cycle. Our gatherings will provide healing and tools to help you find steady ground in uncertain times.

  • Childcare is not provided
  • We provide socially distanced seating and everyone is required to wear a mask
  • Winter/Spring 2021 session will run from February 21 – May 9 on Sunday afternoons in the Westside Church Chapel

Thursday nights at 6:30pm at Westside Church in the Chapel

Each week we meet in a Large Group for the first hour. There is time of worship music followed by a recovery lesson or a testimony. The second hour we break into Open Issue Small Groups, by gender, to work on individual issues. All groups share on the topic of the evening’s lesson and are open to newcomers. Newcomers are always welcome on any weekly meeting. Just show up and look for the welcome table (area) and we will get you started.

May 16 , 2021 during our 10am Sunday service.

We believe that water baptism is an important next step in the life of a believer. Through baptism you are declaring to the world your commitment to follow in the way of Jesus with your life. If you want to take this incredible step in your faith, register today!

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Having our lives in financial order is so freeing and here at Westside Church we want to help you do that with a tools and understanding. That’s why we recommend FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY with Dave Ramsey.

Dave Ramsey created Financial Peace University nearly 25 years ago after learning how to pay off debt, save and spend wisely, and build wealth. Today, millions have used the same principles to transform their lives.

There are nine video lessons featuring Dave Ramsey, Rachel Cruze, and Chris Hogan.

Now you can watch the videos in the comfort of your home and on your own schedule and join discussions online.

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“I realize the importance of creating a budget. For the 1st time in years we have money left over after getting paid!!! We just started this journey and can’t wait for the continued results.”

– Jeff

“I came into this program skeptical at best. After going through the first few baby steps I am amazed at this program and I truly believe in it. A biblical approach to money is awesome!!!”

– Lori

Every Thursday from 6:30am – 7:30am

All men are invited to join FUEL Men’s Bible Study happening every Thursday morning in the lower atrium.

Connect in community as you grow deeper in your relationship to Jesus. Men will be socially distanced and required to wear a mask. Please use the link below if you have any questions.

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