It’s so easy to get caught up into everything going on in the world right now and look at it with a negative mindset. If you’ve been thinking “What else could go wrong?” you’re not alone. Over the next four weeks, we will be going through a four-part series on leaning into hard times and cover four key things we can be doing in these times. We’re going to take a look into the gospels of the time of Jesus’s crucifixion. Can you imagine what it must have been like for the disciples during those moments leading up to Jesus’ death? How dark those days must have been? The four truths we can take away from this time in history are:

  1. Check-in: The disciples had to check on themselves and each other. They checked on how they were doing. How are their hearts? Amid the turmoil, we must be aware of who we are on the journey with. That we are not allowing ourselves to feel like we are alone. How are you doing? Am I emotionally okay? What changes do I need to make in my life? How am I doing? How are my people doing? Am I happy with my attitudes? Do I need to change?
  1. Look Up: They needed to see Jesus.
  1. Engage with the mission: No matter how bad things are, we must engage. Out of this period, prayer became a sense of unction. Out of that came an opportunity to preach. People were gathered from different tribes and countries all in the same room. How can a church and business engage with turmoil? This is what we should be asking. If we’re not the church in turmoil, then when are we the church? When all of these bad things are happening, we must lean in and do what God has called us to do.
  1. Prepare for the expansion: They found that as they leaned into their mission, they found they experienced an expansion.

The first part is to check-in. In hard times, the first thing we need to do is make sure our relationship with Jesus is alive and well. We need to make our problems God’s problems by handing them to him. They are not our burdens to carry. They are His. Join us in this four-week series as we continue to dive into the next three ways we can press through hard times and embrace the victory that is the other side. 

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