Life is filled with challenges.
In fact, every area of life has the potential to bring both happiness and joy but also frustrations, hang ups and obstacles.
One of the main pictures the Bible uses for the challenging parts of life is "wilderness."
Israelites learn about God and what it means to rely on him as they wander in the "wilderness."
Jesus encounters the devil and does not bow to temptation in the "wilderness."
Moses, Jacob, Jesus, Elijah and Paul all meet God in the wilderness.
The wilderness is a place of testing, challenge, authenticity and deep and honest growth.
So for the next six weeks we'll be in a teaching series where we'll press into the real stuff of life and find out what it means to follow Jesus in the wildernesses of finances, loneliness, distraction, pain, emotional health and doubt.