Once Upon A Time Part 8: Purpose for Pain

July 25, 2021


OneLife Students - Check Out What’s Happening

This Wednesday night, July 28 we’ll be having a movie night at Halls Cinema 7. It starts at 6:30pm, so if you’re in middle or high school we want to see you there! Then, the following Wednesday night on August 4 we’ll be having our Back-To-School 90’s Bash at the East Campus. Mark your calendars and make plans to be there as we wrap up an awesome summer of OneLife Students together!

Kid City’s Team Spirit Day
Next Sunday, August 1, make sure your preschool and elementary kids wear their summer team’s color for one last chance to win points for their team! Then, the following Sunday on August 8, the team that has earned the most points will win their epic summer prize - getting to slime their Campus Pastor during the service!! It’s going to be an awesome wrap-up to an amazing summer of fun in Kid City.

Micro Church Launch & Lunch - August 22
To kick off the fall semester, we’re having a Micro Church Launch event on August 22 at 12:15pm at our North & East campuses. If you’re not a part of a Micro Church, this is the perfect opportunity for you to join one. At the event you’ll get to meet your new Micro Church and have lunch together. Childcare will be provided. Mark the Micro Church box on your Connection Card and we’ll follow up with more information.

Micro Church Sunday - August 29
Once each quarter whenever there’s a 5th Sunday in the month, OneLife closes our campuses and everyone gathers with their Micro Churches in homes for “Micro Church Sunday.” The next Micro Church Sunday is on August 29, so mark your calendars!


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Share spiritual/missional conversations you've had where you live, work, and play:

Who did you have a conversation with that took a spiritual/missional turn this week?
What questions did you ask to discover where God is at work in their life, even if they are not aware?
How were you able to share your story of life change or how you have experienced Jesus?
How can you be intentional this week with people where you live, work, and play to have spiritual/missional conversations if the opportunity arises?
Who in your life do you think could be discipleable or open to spiritual/missional conversations?



Pain is a message designed to bring healing.

Genesis 32:22-32 NLT

22 During the night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two servant wives, and his eleven sons and crossed the Jabbok River with them. 23 After taking them to the other side, he sent over all his possessions. 24 This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break. 25 When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 “What is your name?” the man asked. He replied, “Jacob.” 28 “Your name will no longer be Jacob,” the man told him. “From now on you will be called Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have won.” 29 “Please tell me your name,” Jacob said.“ Why do you want to know my name?” the man replied. Then he blessed Jacob there. 30 Jacob named the place Peniel (which means “face of God”), for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been spared.” 31 The sun was rising as Jacob left Peniel, and he was limping because of the injury to his hip. 32 (Even today the people of Israel don’t eat the tendon near the hip socket because of what happened that night when the man strained the tendon of Jacob’s hip.)

1. Focusing on the source of pain prevents focusing on the Healer.

2. Pain builds perseverance for future protection and healing.

3. Pain forces reliance on the Healer.

4. Healing puts pain in the past.



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