Spirituality 101 is this: there is a God and it is not you. As human beings, we are creatures; God is the Creator and we are the created. This means that we are not entirely self-sufficient, but we have needs that are outside ourselves. To grow in relationship with God and others requires that we accept the reality of those needs and that we learn to meet those needs well. Through the course of this series, we will look at some of our basic needs and how God instructs us to meet those needs for more successful living.

Needy – Week Five

In the Gospel, Jesus says that unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat. He uses that as an explanation for his own crucifixion that he knows is inevitable. In this message we will look at our need to die to ourselves and need to sacrifice in order to gain the life God wants to give us.

Needy – Week Four

As a consequence of sin, each of us has been born broken with a need for healing. It is inevitable that in our lifetime, we will suffer hurts in our hearts and souls, some of which are from others and some that are self-inflicted. This week, we will look at the reality of our need for healing.

Needy – Week Three

In the Ten Commandments, God gives us clear instructions on how to live in relationship with him and live in relationship with others. In the third commandment, he instructs us to rest. In this week of the series, we will look at both our need for work and our need for rest.

Needy – Week Two

God has created a need for him. Our greatest need – above all our other needs – is for a relationship with God. We have a God-shaped hole in our heart that nothing else will fill. In this week, we will explore why we often wander from this relationship with God. We will use the story of Abraham and discuss how eventually he was willing to sacrifice everything because of his faith and trust in God. This is where God…

Needy – Week One

In this first week, we consider the reality that we all have needs. We lay out the ways in which we are tempted to use our needs in the wrong way:  We can be tempted to deny a legitimate need to say that a need is not a need at all, that we are gods as Satan tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. We can be tempted to meet legitimate needs in an illegitimate way. We can be tempted…