Spiritual Practices

Series Introduction: The Struggle Is Real

During Worship Where You Are, we were encouraged by Chris to take some time to remember what God has done in our lives.  

One of the ways we see “remembering” in the Bible is when, after a difficult battle with the Philistines, Samuel marked the Israelite victory with a stack of stones. He named those stones Ebenezer, which means “Thus far, the Lord has helped us.” Every time the Israelites saw the pile of stones, they would remember God’s faithfulness.

It’s easy to forget sometimes, isn’t it? The storms come, the waters rise, and we cry out to God–unsure of whether He will really be our ever-present help. It’s in these struggles that remembering God’s past faithfulness can give us hope for the future. God is who He says He is, and He promises His presence in our lives as we walk through hard times.

For the next six weeks, we’ll be talking about living transformed, Kingdom 2.0 lives in the midst of these struggles and doubts. 

We hope you will walk away from this series with three words of encouragement:

  1. You are not alone.
  2. We don’t hide our struggles at church.
  3. The gospel meets us as we struggle in community.

Each week, we’ll be taking a look at a different topic:

January 7- Anxiety
January 14- Loss and Grief
January 21- Greed
January 28- Depression
February 4- Lust (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3)
February 11- Work

These are the struggles that we and the people we love face every day. How does God want us to live transformed lives? What is the hope that God offers us?

As we go through this series, we want to give you tools to help you along the way. Be sure to check back each week for resource recommendations.

About the Author: Craig Gartland
Craig is Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Blackhawk and oversees Adult Ministries. He completed his Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and spent over two decades of his career in campus ministry. He is married to Sharon and they have four children. His passions include cycling, listening to jazz music, photography, and the writings of C.S. Lewis.