Last week in our discipleship class on the book of James, one of the passages we looked at was James 1:3-4, which reads:
"For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing."
With these verses, James is providing us with a picture of the reason God took the Nation of Israel through the wilderness. The purpose of a wilderness experience is to test us and to stretch our spiritual muscles. As commentator Philip Ryken wrote: "Going through the wilderness was not necessary for Israel's salvation, but it was necessary for their sanctification."
Join us this Sunday, at 9:30am, as we continue our series called, Exodus: Seeing God in the Journey. This week, we be in Exodus 16 and 17, as we look at a trio of tests, God took the Israelites through, in order to prepare them for a covenant relationship with himself.
Prior to our 9:30am service, join us at 8:45am in Pastor Doug's office, for a special time of praying for Parkside and the other churches that meet on our campus.
As we gather for our in-person service, Parkside church staff and leadership will be wearing masks and we are asking everyone to do the same. Please consider joining us this weekend. We were created by God to worship and praise Him together, in community, so plan on being at Parkside this Sunday at 9:30am and don't forget your mask!
Also, for those that are not able to join us in-person, you can still join us online
As our church continues to move toward a sense of normalcy on Sunday mornings, Roger and I are excited to announce that our Sunday Morning Bible Study classes have resumed meeting at 10:45am, for the purpose of supporting each other on our individual spiritual growth journeys. Please consider taking advantage of one of these discipleship opportunities. See class details below:
Topic: A Study in the book of James
Facilitator: Mark Hester and Jonella Malinowski
10:45am to 11:45am
Senior Adult Discipleship Class
Topic: A Study in the book of Mark
Facilitator: Martha Bailey
10:45am to 11:45am
See you Sunday.
Doug Boyd - Sr. Pastor