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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!

Feb 7, 2022

In 1887, Anthony Showalter's hymn, "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" was first published.  This steadfast song has a familiar and comforting line in the chorus:

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms

The main idea is that when we put our faith in Jesus, we are safe and secure.  It's an interesting lyric considering all of the Christians who have been martyred because they follow Jesus.  It actually seems a bit misleading, unless we are talking about a different type of "security."
Every Christian has had a misstep in their lives; a moment of failure, sin or doubt.  In those moments there is a thought: "Have I messed up so bad that God's done with me?"  Or maybe a more theological way of saying it is this: "How do I know my faith is secure?

If you have ever watched a rock climber, there are definitely moments where your heartbeats a bit faster.  You see how precarious their situation is; how one misstep or slip could cost them their lives.  This is why climbers are hooked into a safety rope.  As they make their way up the rock face, they will stop and hook into a crack or crevice...or manually drill a bolt into the rock.  They do this so if they do make a mistake, they won't fall very far--they are safe and secure from all alarms.

In Psalm 125, the psalmist is reminding God's people that in the ups and downs of their journey with God, they are safe and secure.  Here is what he writes:

Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.

Do you want to learn more about the security God provides?  Make sure and listen to this sermon as we take another step on our journey of Long Obedience in the Same Direction.