Pastor Mark's Weekly Email, Uncategorized

Sent Ones: Go And Neighbor!

Blog banner with the image of a highway and the word: "Journey" for the study of the Book of Matthew.

Jesus takes the disciples of a field trip to Caesarea Philippi to talk more about what it means to follow him.  Its an smaller group with Jesus with only the 12 disciples with him.  More and more he is talking about the cost of discipleship and the crowds are beginning to thin out.  When people consider the cost of what it means to follow Jesus, many fall away.

We talked about the core of discipleship this past Sunday: Worship the Lord your God only, follow wherever he leads, whatever the cost, to hear and obey, and living a life of love.

This week we will look at a different aspect of what it means to follow Jesus, living a missional life.  Our text will be from Matthew 9:35-10:42.  We will take a quick look at Matthew 28:16-20 as well.

So what does a missional life look like?  One of the best descriptions of a missional life is found in Isaiah 61.  Certainly this is a text about Jesus.  However, Jesus says that we are ‘salt and light’ and he anoints us with his Spirit to partner with him in the work of building his kingdom.  After reading Isaiah 61, what does a missional life look like?  (Lots of clues in the image!)

See you Sunday!
Pastor Mark

 

Pastor Mark's Weekly Email, Uncategorized

The Cost of Discipleship

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Three weeks of challenging and fascinating parables of Jesus, the Sower and the soils, the mustard seed/yeast, and the hidden treasure/pearl.  As Matthew is telling the story of Jesus, he begins to emphasize the cost of following Jesus.  And Jesus begins to talk about his purpose of dying and rising again to life.

He takes the disciples on a field trip away from the crowds, 20 miles north of the Sea of Galilee to the town of Caesarea Philippi.  This place is known for its pagan worship of Baal and a god named Pan.


There is a spring that comes out of a large cave at the foot of Mount Hermon where the town is located.  The mouth opening of the cave is called ‘the Gate of Hades’ and the rock platform near the opening is called ‘Rock of the Gods.’

Imagine Jesus with his disciples being very near this cave when you read the text for Sunday from Matthew 16:13-28.  Does this help you understand Jesus words, “On this rock I will build my church”?  A couple other questions: What is Jesus saying about the cost of discipleship (following him) in these verses?  And why does he get so angry with Peter for opposing Jesus teaching on his need to die?

Its gonna be a fascinating time together this Sunday… text and context are closely tied together to unpack this one.  Take a look at this 4 minute clip as preparation for Sunday’s message, The Cost of Discipleship  Matthew 13:13-28.



See you Sunday!
Pastor Mark
Pastor Mark's Weekly Email, Uncategorized

The Power of One

Blog banner with the image of a highway and the word: "Journey" for the study of the Book of Matthew.
Been burning the candle this week it seems.  Here is the weekly Email bright and early.

We have officially kicked off the fall ministry year at Crestview Church with a pancake breakfast blowout, a Profession of Faith celebration, and an outdoor service, even had a bouncy castle for the kids.  I’ve had this feeling all week, “Well… what now?”

Its similar to the feeling I get when anticipating a vacation, having the vacation, and then waking up on Monday morning to clock into work.  It’s similar to training for a big race, actually racing, and then 2-4 days later getting on the bike and saying to myself, “What am I doing this for?”  Its similar to celebrating a birthday and thinking, “Is anything really any different?”

This Sunday is self-proclaimed mission/vision Sunday.  Every fall (September) and every New Year (January) we will have a message at Crestview that reorients us to purpose.  It helps us answer the questions, “Why do we exist and what is Crestview all about?”  “Why follow Jesus and what does it mean and look like?”

I would like to take a week to address the answer to these questions by taking a closer look at discipleship.  In our study of Matthew, Jesus is calling disciples to himself – people who will follow him.  He is calling people to live for and live in the Kingdom of God.  For us today, what does that mean?

I want to get a little bit more specific on Sunday to answer these questions in the context of Crestview Church.  How does discipleship and following Jesus take on real meaning and tangible participation at Crestview church?

The Power of One.  I’m going to invite you and challenge you in one worship, one ‘going deeper’, one service, and one engagement in ‘neighboring’.  We will be celebrating communion this Sunday as a family of faith as well.
See you Sunday! 

Pastor Mark