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Welcome to the Iowa City Church sermon and teaching page.  We know that life can be confusing, and sometime just plain hard.  We believe the best way to live life comes through following Jesus.  These lessons and sermons are designed to be a resource to help you on that journey.  We hope you find them helpful!

Jan 11, 2021

Everyone wants to be happy.  All of humanity is on this journey of trying to find the right path to true happiness.  The pursuit of happiness is nothing new, it's been going on for millennia.  In fact every religion, philosophy or wise sage has tried to direct people to the right pathway of happiness.  If one was to sum up all different happiness pathways that have been suggested, they could be gathered together in these four categories: family, wealth, health and security
If one does well in those four areas, hypothetically, they should be happy.  So what do you think, does that sound like the right recipe for happiness?  Whether it's right or not, it does describe how a lot of people are trying to find happiness.  Do you know what else it describes?  It feels kind of like the four pillars of the "American Dream".  How's the "American Dream" going right now?  Not well.  With rising rates of depression, addiction, overdoses and suicide attempts the pursuit of happiness this culture offers is just not looking to be the best option.  So what are the other options?  Is it possible there is a pathway to happiness people are overlooking?    

As Jesus opens his ministry in the rural region of Galilee, he walks up a small mount and teaches his disciples what it means to live as citizens of the Kingdom of God.  In this monumental sermon Jesus begins by teaching them what it looks like to live a blessed life.  Interestingly, the word "blessed" can also be translated fortunate or happy.  There it it!  Jesus is providing a new and very unlikely pathway to happiness!  Do you want to learn more about this unlikely pathway?  Give a listen to our brand new sermon series, Apex.  We know you'll find it to be helpful!