Sermon Series: Heavenly Virtues

1/11 - 2/23/2020

Some of our most dominant social values today are education, success, and wealth — what we may call “Achievement Values.”  We may be "successful," but how often do we consider the state of our souls? This seven-week series helps us shift from from achievement values to heavenly virtues, or what author David Brooks calls eulogy virtues. These form the foundation of a life rooted in faith.

Connection Group Materials


1/25 - 1/26/2020 | Justice

With wisdom, we find courage, and with courage we learn justice, which is what happens when we take a stand for the least and the lost among us. To do this, we need to recognize what needs to be done and the unique ways we can act. Though she could have turned a blind eye, Pharaoh’s daughter rescued Moses because she had both the courage and the position to act.

Challenge Tasks

First Level | Google and reflect on the life of William Wilberforce: “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”

Next Level | Sign up to volunteer with the Storehouse ministry.

1/18 - 1/19/2020 | Courage

With an internal compass to understand wisdom, we discover courage to speak up for what is right. However, the source of bravery isn't our own strength but God: our protector, our shield, our stronghold. We become cowardly when we depend on ourselves for courage: we lose faith and falter. We become rash and fool ourselves into thinking we don't need God’s grace.

Challenge Tasks

First Level | Watch Hidden Figures.

Next Level | Talk to someone you see every day but don’t interact with. Ask them about their life; listen to their story.

1/11 - 1/12/2020 | Wisdom

The first of the classic “cardinal virtues” of the faith, wisdom is what the Old Testament writers describe as the basis for understanding God. All good change begins with choices made out of wisdom, which leads to making better choices for your life. How do we learn to be wise? Wisdom comes from the presence of the Lord.

Challenge Tasks:

First Level | Reflect upon an action you made this week. Was this a wise action or not? What could have been done if not?

Next Level | Schedule lunch with someone you see as a mentor or can help make you wise.

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