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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!

Sep 20, 2021

Here is a summary of a book written by Michael Easter called, The Comfort Crisis:
"In many ways, we’re more comfortable than ever before. But could our sheltered, temperature-controlled, overfed, underchallenged lives actually be the leading cause of many our most urgent physical and mental health issues? In this gripping investigation, award-winning journalist Michael Easter seeks out off-the-grid visionaries, disruptive genius researchers, and mind-body conditioning trailblazers who are unlocking the life-enhancing secrets of a counterintuitive solution: discomfort."
Discomfort.  It's a word no one likes to think about, let alone embrace.  Yet, discomfort is essential in the life of a disciple of Jesus.  Here's a simple verse from the gospel of Mark which shows why discomfort is part of following Jesus.
"And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” ~ Mark 1:17
A disciple is one who is devoted to following Jesus, being transformed by Jesus, and on mission with Jesus.  The being transformed by Jesus is rarely, if every a comfortable process.  In fact, if one studies the gospels and reads about Jesus transforming his disciples, the most pivotal moments are times of discomfort; times when he took them into storms.

So what does this mean for us?  Is it possible that we've become too comfortable as Christians?  We've gone to great lengths to makes things so easy and accessible, but is is possible that all of these comforts have kept us from transformation?  To grow as a disciple of Jesus means we have to walk into uncomfortable places...maybe even a storm.  You see Jesus is an off-the-grid visionary, a disruptive genius researcher, and a mind-body conditioning trailblazer who can unlock the life-enhancing secret to following him wherever he leads--even into a storm!

In this sermon we will take a look at two "storms" Jesus leads his disciples into, so they can understand what it means live life on mission with Jesus.  Don't miss out on this very thought provoking and challenging teaching!