What a week! Vous Conference in Miami with some of our Trinity Harlem family was the best time. This year’s theme was “City on a Hill” and we heard from greats like Rich Jr. and DawnCheré Wilkerson, Robert Madu, Erwin McManus and Christine Caine on how we can let our light shine into the darkest places on earth. It was a week of revelation for many of us we each walked away with a renewed mind and sense of purpose. And we’re already gearing up for our 2017 conference! Mark your calendars--June 9-11, 2017: IN GOD WE TRUST.
For those who couldn’t make it down to conference, we decided to bring it back with us for Conference Sunday yesterday! We had the privilege of having Pastor Marcus Gonzalez of our Trinity North Miami campus in Harlem. He preached from the sermon topic: Hurricane Season. In Miami, they are all too familiar with hurricane season, yet somehow, many people still flock to stores to stock up on the essentials every time a storm draws near.
Just like the residents of Miami in hurricane season, we all face trouble in life. In fact, Jesus promised we would. In John 16:33, He says: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” One of the ways this is best illustrated in the Bible is in Mark chapter 4 when Jesus calms the storm. He and His disciples are aboard a ship when a storm comes. Jesus is asleep and the disciples wake Him to ask if He cares if they drown. Jesus gets up, rebukes the wind and tells the waves, “Peace, be still.” At that moment, the wind dies down and all is completely calm. Jesus questions why the disciples are you so afraid, asking: “Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:35-41).
In the same way that people prepare for hurricane season in Miami, we, too, must prepare for life’s storms. The best prep is to stay in constant communication and contact with a God who loves us. When we face storms in life, we often forget that like the disciples, we have Jesus in our boat. Therefore, we can use our spiritual authority to rebuke the storms that arise.
Fabiola, one of our newest members, said Pastor Marcus's sermon really spoke to her because she's facing what she considers a storm in her life right now. Here's what she said:
"I'm transitioning to a new home church and asking God for guidance and clarity. The transition has been a challenge and has been hard for me because I'm leaving the church I grew up in and my family and friends. But I feel like God is calling me to something bigger and greater and I feel like I'm really going to be used here."
Being a believer doesn’t mean storms won’t come. It doesn’t mean we won’t face hardships or make decisions that take us out of our comfort zones. It means that when these things happen, we can have faith and trust in God. As the disciples said, “Even the winds and the waves obey him!" Let’s start telling our storms how big our God is.
And don’t miss the opportunity to connect with God’s people--Harlem Hangouts are back on this week! Sign up here.