And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6 NIV

Cultural anthropologists tell us heroes serve a vital cultural role, and heroes can be found embedded in the stories of every nation and tribe on the planet. Fictional heroes abound in our culture, from Iron Man to Harry Potter. REAL heroes like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson exemplify the cultural values that birthed our nation and help explain our American “origin story.” Heroes set examples of courage in the face of overwhelming odds, crisis or war. Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King and Franklin Roosevelt spring to mind. Heroes like Neil Armstrong show us that it is actually possible to accomplish something extraordinary. Mother Theresa serves as a modern-day hero that “establishes the bar” for selflessness and compassion, of how God can magnify a cup of water given in Jesus’ name today, just like Jesus multiplied the bread and the fish on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

The Bible has its own set heroes. Heroes that trusted in God’s reliability to lead armies to victory against Israel’s enemies and defeat false prophets. Other heroes are commended for staying true to their beliefs in the face of persecution and the threat of death.

What fuels the actions of these heroes? What underlies all their actions? It’s called “faith.” Their stories are personal examples demonstrating that God’s promises are immutable and His love unwavering. They show us that God will bless obedience even if that obedience causes temporary distress.

This weekend at Trinity Downtown, we’ll be continuing our sermon series that explores how faith in Almighty God energized the life of famous men and women in the Bible. We’ll discuss how faith in God’s promises can revolutionize our lives. Come celebrate God’s reliability and love for us in our contemporary service on Saturday at 5:00 pm, and/or the traditional worship services on Sunday at 8:15 am and 10:50 am. Your kids won’t want to miss our “Kingdom Quest” pre-school and student gatherings, and you’ll enjoy making new friends and learning more about your faith in our expanded array of adult bible study classes, all held at 9:30 am on Sunday. Learn more about the variety of Bible study opportunities we have at Trinity Downtown by visiting our website.

This weekend come learn how placing our faith and fears in the hands of Jesus can lessen our stress load and bring deep transformation in our hearts. Celebrate with us the depth of Jesus’ love for us and find out how you can live a life of significance, filled with meaning.  Discover how following Jesus can help you and your family navigate around the minefields of life.

If you have children ranging in age from 3 years old to those that will be starting the 8thgrade this school year, you won’t want to miss the Children Ministry’s “picnic” being held in the Gym immediately following the 10:50am service on Sunday. You and your kids can enjoy picnic food, games, music and crafts, all in the air-conditioned comfort of our Gym. Sunday School staff and volunteers will also be available to answer any questions you might have about our upcoming program year that starts August 25th.

Trinity’s Alpha course is slated to start on Monday evening at 6:00pm. Please join us in praying that God will bring hungry hearts to hear about His grace, and be thinking of a friend or neighbor you might invite.

Come get a fresh jolt of spiritual energy at Trinity Downtown. It will make a tremendous difference in your life.

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