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a sermon and small group series about power

This seven-week series will expose our American preoccupation with power, and explore what the Bible has to say about power, autonomy, wealth, gender roles, race relations, family dynamics, and injustice. Jesus taught about and modeled an upside-down kingdom – where the weak are blessed and the powerful are held accountable for the ways they leverage their power and wealth. How are you flexing your "muscles?"
As followers of Jesus, our power should be used to serve others, not to get them to serve us.
If you would like to participate in a sermon-based Zoom group, sign-up below. Groups of 12 members or less will have the option to shift to in-person the first week of February:

RESOURCES

We encourage you to utilize these resources for our current sermon series on power. The content is designed to help you grow in community and individually, and also to share with others who might benefit from them.

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION GUIDES

Discussion Guides for small groups are updated by Saturday morning each week and coincide with the sermon for that week.

WORSHIP

Listen to some of the worship songs that we sing on Sundays from our Spotify playlist. It's a great way to engage in worship while you drive, do chores, exercise, and more, and it's also a way to fill your home with truth and peace and joy. The playlist is updated every week.

If you don't have a Spotify account, 

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READING GOD'S WORD

Week 2 - January 17-23:  
Power and Abuse:
2 Samuel 12:1-9
2 Samuel 11:1-17
Matthew 21:12-13

SUPPLEMENTAL CONTENT*

The following are some great supplemental resources about power. 

Books

Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power

by Andy Crouch

Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church by Diane Langberg

Real Power: Stages of Personal Power in Organizations by Janet O. Hagberg

Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, Power, and the Only Hope That Matters by Timothy Keller

The Critical Journey: Stages in the Life of Faith

by Janet O. Hagberg and Robert A. Guelich

A Theology of Power: Being Beyond Domination by Kyle A. Pasewark

Video Resources from RightNow Media

The video below is found in RightNow Media, a digital library you have free access to through Ventura Missionary. We encourage you to not only use this library for your own discipleship, but to also share content with anyone in your life who is looking for hope, truth, and help in topics such as marriage, parenting, and other common life situations. There is also great content for kids! 

Check out Andy Crouch's 17-minute video on Power. Andy is an author and Executive Editor of Christianity Today.

Podcasts

Rebuilders Podcasts

*PLEASE NOTE: Ventura Missionary Church, and our leadership (including Pastor Doug) does not endorse every idea or theological perspective in these resources; however, we have found them to be helpful resources in developing a well-rounded understanding  about power.

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