God’s Peace in a Divisive World
At the beginning of Luke’s Gospel, we hear the angels proclaim “peace on earth and good will toward men.” Around Christmastime, we read much about Jesus from Isaiah, which declares Jesus the “Prince of Peace.” Yet, this week, we read what appears to be very contrary words from Jesus. He tells his disciples that, in fact, he has not come to bring peace on earth, rather division. What did Jesus mean by that? Is he the Prince of Peace or not? And what divisions does he warn the disciples about?
“The Good Portion”
Since setting his face to Jerusalem and the cross, Jesus has been broadening the disciples understanding of the Gospel’s scope and reach. From a prostitute, to rejection in Samaritan towns, to mercy along the roadside, Jesus demonstrates that the Gospel is not limited to status, economic parameters, or religious laws. The Kingdom of God even reaches into a small home in a small village on the Mount of Olives, where two sisters play host to their friend in two very different ways. The story of Martha and Mary sometimes inspires us to question our own methods and means of serving God. But is that the point of this story? Or, is there something much deeper transpiring here?
We continue our summer with Luke as we set ourselves down as first-century guests in a home in Bethany and observe the events of Luke 10.38-42.
Join us, this Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 11am
The Criteria of Mercy
It’s been a pretty rough and tragic week of pain and suffering. Hate and anger seem to be the default responses when faced with a tragedy. One glance at social media tells us that many people rely on their emotions and “non-experts” to formulate their values and responses. Fixed reference points are disappearing, sides are picked, reaction is swift, and divisions have emerged. And so, violence leads to violence; hate leads to hate, and the world is caught in a cycle of hurt and suffering. How should you keep it together in the midst of a world that is seemingly falling apart? How do you respond to division and turmoil?
This Sunday, July 10, 2016 we continue our summer with Luke, and peer into the Parable of the Good Samaritan from a surprisingly different angle. Join us, at 11am.
“Go… I am sending you…”
When Jesus began his ministry more than 2000 years ago, he had one thing in mind: that people would return to the family of God. The mission of the Church must be driven by the same concern, and its methods must be modelled after its leader. The Church is called to a mission of good, even in the face of its adversaries. But whether with friend or foe, the message is always the same: “The kingdom of God is near to you.” How does one even begin this mission call? How is it sustained? What is the so-called “mission field”? Do we have the “programs” and resources in place to adequately respond to what Jesus calls a plentiful harvest? It might surprise you to know that Jesus already has a “program” in place; one that we should adopt as individuals and as a church community.
Join us Sunday July 3, 2013, as we continue our summer with Luke. We will open the book to Luke 10.1-12
“Be careful and watch where you’re going!” said every Mom ever.
Three candidates encounter Jesus in the last few months before his death with a great opportunity before them. Each of them agreed to follow Jesus, but they insisted on a few conditions; conditions that, well, got in the way of the intended goal. But, it’s a fact. If you want to get there, anywhere, you need to look where you’re going. It seems these candidate disciples were not fit for the task, or as Jesus said, they were not ‘fit for the kingdom.” What does that mean? “Fit for the kingdom”? Are you fit?
We’ll open the book to Luke 9.51-62 to find out just what fitness really means! Sunday June 26, at 11am.
The King, a religious expert, and a prostitute are at a large dinner party.
It sounds like the opening line of a bad joke, doesn’t it? But it’s no joke. The woman’s heart is heavy. Something is fiercely upon her, and she needs the King to rescue her. What can we learn from this woman – her status, character, boldness and sorrow ? Why does Jesus raise up a prostitute as a better role model than the religious “expert”?
Have you experienced forgiveness? Can you?
Sunday June 12, at 11am.
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”
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