Pslams of Ascent

  • Objectively, most Christians see the biblical and practical need for connection to the church and love for the family of God.
    But many of you have experienced the disappointment of your community not meeting expectations you had for the family of God. Some of you may be limiting the capacity for God to transform your life because of a lack of commitment to people around you.
    In any case, Psalm 133, gives us a positive and powerful picture of the blessing of unified spiritual connection. Join us Sunday to receive and practice this truth of community.

  • Our secular belief of, “feelings are truth,” work against obedience to God’s Word even when if it doesn’t “feel right.” So following the law of Christ may seem antiquated and quaint.

    But if we read Psalm 132, we see that following the way of Jesus not only produces hope, but also gives us present and persistent joy.

  • The content life is elusive especially for Charlotteans. There is always a project to complete, work to do, places to go, and people to see. The pace of our city is frenetic.

    And yet, the Scripture gives us a picture of a person who is not seeking things outside themselves, but waiting on God, content.

  • The Christian life is both a desperate plea for help and an overwhelming reception of generosity from God. We can at once experience consequences of sin, and at the same time have the hope of redemption. And the good news is that none of us are too far away that God cannot redeem and restore our lives.

  • The greatest threat to the Christian is the threat of giving up. It is the absence of perseverance. Our greatest challenge, as seen through the history of the Bible and through the history of the church is to give up faith, to give in to the words of the world, and to trade the blessing God intended for us for a life of futility.

    But in this challenge, we have a great hope, that God promises to keep us to the end. As Jesus says in John 10:28–29, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.”

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These Psalms would have been used by God's people as they traveled up to Jerusalem or on the way to special festivals.

It's a section of Psalms that shows all the range of emotions you'd expect to have on journey: from fear to  delight to disappointment to hope.

Maybe you feel like this too. Join us to hear the hope that God has for you as you align your life with the things of heaven.