Jesus gave a simple, but challenging call to His initial apprentices: “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” It was a call to dolife with Jesus and grow more and more like Him in both character and conduct. It was, and is, full of adventure and victory, difficulty and pain, risk and impact. So, the question is, are you ready for the challenge... of following?
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. - Luke 2:8-11
Christ-followers have the ultimate blessing: the gift of the Gospel. Because of that gift, all who know Him should bless others by being generous, serving and proclaiming the love they have found. That’s how to live the life God blesses.
Our community, nation, and world seem more divided than ever.
Each day there are new headlines that show a seemingly ever-expanding gap between us. God has called a people to help reconcile this divide. This diverse group of people is called the Church. When the Church unites, amazing change can happen. In a time of great division, we can stand United.
What is God really like? How we answer that question can define us. We often answer from the vantage point of our experiences, religious background, or family history. Over the next few weeks, we will look at one of the most important and neglected passages in the Bible. Amazingly, God actually tells us what He’s like – and it’s even better than we can imagine. It just takes the right perspective.
Sunday gives the Christ follower a needed time of worship, equipping, and community. Sunday is the foundation of our week…but Sunday is only the beginning. Over the weeks ahead, by looking at John 13 – 17, we will see ways each one of us can live out a fully committed Christian life every day of the week.
Everyone has their thoughts on who Jesus is. Some may think He only loves good people while others think He was just a historical figure who died. But the real Jesus is often different than common images of Him. Over the next few weeks, we will look at some of those common myths and through Scripture get a clearer understanding of who He really is.
Before the veil was torn. Before Christ’s death in our place. Before His miraculous birth. Before God spoke through a burning bush. And before the supernatural exodus out of Egypt. Thousands of years before it’s completion… The story of the Gospel had already begun… While the story is for us, it is not about us. It is about God. And in His story, we find our story. In order for the end to matter you must go back to the beginning.
Ever wish you could have a do-over? We’ve all been there. Choices in our relationships, finances, or faith, can often leave us wishing we could try again. While our past may shape us, it doesn’t have to define us. No matter what, a fresh start IS possible.