Beyond the Weekend

February 7 | Tested Faith

February 7, 2019


There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die…  Ecclesiastes 3:1-2a

Read: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Listen: Ecclesiastes 3


The reality that things are likely to change was probably one of the many things the poet of Ecclesiastes could count on. For every birth of a family member, there would soon be the death of someone else. The joy of a new life would be replaced with the “storm” of grief and sadness. The laughter of a harvest celebration could soon be replaced by the storm of crops damaged by drought and insects. A heart filled with love at the marriage of two friends could soon be replaced by the storm of a broken relationship.

Tragedy is common to us all. We’re all too familiar with disease, death, bankruptcy, betrayal, frustration and fighting. Tragedy will come. But it doesn’t have to destroy your faith. Your faith may be challenged, tested and shaken—but you don’t have to go under the waves. Watch the video clip below as Pastor Jeff Manion explains it’s too late if you wait until you are body slammed to prepare. The time to prepare is now.


Are you preparing to make it through a tragedy? A good first step is to recognize you can’t weather a storm alone. You need help. That’s why a small group is essential. If you’re not yet in a group, email us at and we’ll get you started. If you are, really lean into your group by actively listening, participating and serving. Be prepared to weather a tragedy together.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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