These past few weeks, we have witnessed Abraham’s and Sarah’s struggle with faith. At times, both of them laughed in derision at the idea that God would provide them with a son. They thought that they were too old. Their age was too much for God. The struggle to believe God over our circumstances has impacted God’s people throughout time.
Consider Jesus’ interaction with a man whose son was demon-possessed. When Jesus’ disciples failed to cast out the demons, the man started to doubt the power of God. Consider Jesus’ interaction with this man:
And He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!” And Jesus said to him, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9:21–24, emphasis added).
Isn’t that the ambiguity we all feel in our faith? “I do believe; help my unbelief.” Our circumstances cause us to doubt God. For Abraham and Sarah, those circumstances were 23 years without a son. For the man with Jesus, those circumstances were a child possessed by a demon. What are your circumstances? A loved one with cancer? Ongoing depression? Unemployment? Under employment?
If you’re fighting the battle to believe God in those circumstances, know that you are not alone. That battle goes back to the beginning of God’s relationship with humanity. In those moments of doubt, let’s pray: I do believe; help me in my unbelief.
By Bethany Duncan
Summer time is finally here! For some, summer means no school or vacations. For others, it just means that it’ll be hot outside or they’ll have to mow their lawn more often. But for us at North Pointe? It means it’s time for VBS!
*|IF:ARCHIVE_PAGE|*And VBS is coming up soon, June 10–13 from 6–8:15 p.m. This year’s theme is Power Up! As the name suggests, it’s going to be all about who we get our power from and how we get our power through Him! Throughout the week, the focus will be on how God wants to know us, how we get to know God through His Word, how Jesus came to save us, and the power that God gives us to then extend to others when we believe and follow Him.
Lindsey Harms, our Children’s Ministry Director, says that it’s been life changing to see how God uses VBS each year she’s been involved. “Every year, there has been at least one family who starts attending church because their child came to VBS and they want to keep coming back, so they bring their whole family! There are countless children who have decided to trust in Jesus through VBS and all the volunteers giving of their time and energy to build into this next generation.”
There are a lot of people already signed up, but we need at least two more volunteers to make sure that this VBS is the best yet. We need a preschool Bible teacher and hopefully a few more crew leaders to walk around with a certain age group. Of course, the more people that want to volunteer and help make a difference through VBS, the better!
As the dates near, Lindsey says that she’d love the church to join in praying for VBS. “Pray for open hearts from the children, for God to bring those who need to come, for strength and wisdom for the volunteers, for safety and protections over the entire week, and for Him to move in ways we can’t even imagine yet!”
It’s not too late to sign your kid(s) up for VBS. Visit our website or use the app to sign them up for a truly unforgettable week!
What is Family Sunday? Family Sunday is a big deal at North Pointe. Listen as Daniel shares North Pointe's vision for Family Sunday and make sure to join us for our next Family Sunday on June 16.
Toddlers/Preschool: This month, our toddlers and preschoolers will learn about someone that gives them the power to do everything God wants us to do. His name is Jesus, and He is AMAZING! We are going to Power Up through the next two months with the hope of creating a super fun and engaging experience for preschoolers to learn about the fruit of the spirit—what happens when we are connected to Jesus, the real power source.
K–5th Grade: Throughout June, our K–5th graders will be learning about the Holy Spirit and how through His power, we can produce fruit that points others to Jesus. This month, students will focus on love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness.
Student Ministry Update
This month the student ministry is busy with trips and other activities. Please pray for them during their peak summer time. Pray for safe travel, good health, and a great overall experience for teachers and leaders.
Coming Up in June
June 10–13—VBS, 6–8:15 p.m. Register online, on the app, or at the door.
June 16—Family Sunday
June 17–22—Middle School trip to Maranatha
June 24—Food Bank Distribution, 6–7 p.m.