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Now This Is Church!

Is my life and your life questionable?  Are the ways that we are living cause others to question us?  I’m not hinting at, ‘Are our lives questionable?’ in a negative or sinful way.  I’m asking the question in terms of discipleship (growing in our knowledge, experience, and expression of being a follower of Christ) and evangelism (being a personal witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ).

Are our lives questionable?  Do the things we do and say cause others to ‘question’ the way we live?  In other words, does our life cause others to wonder about the why and how behind our living, specifically, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our lives in giving witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Sunday, May 13th, we look at the life of the early church (Acts 2:42-47, 4:32-37).  How did it express itself in individuals, in the early church community, and in their witness to the world of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

What kind of life will evoke questions in others about the how and why of our living?  What kind of life lived individually in faith and communally as a faith community would stimulate opportunity for personal and communal witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Sunday will be a day of feasting and fellowship.  We will recognize our graduates and celebrate what God is doing through the life and testimony of Margaret Njuguna and Engedi Children’s Home in Kenya.  See you Sunday!

In Jesus Name,
Pastor Mark

 

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Life in Christ – One aha moment after aha moment…

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

We are changing gears from The Gospel of Matthew to the Early Church and the Gift of the Holy Spirit!  Beginning this Sunday we wonder with the disciples what Jesus death and resurrection really means.

We start with a story in Luke 24:13-35, as two followers of Jesus wonder about the events in Jerusalem.  As they are walking along the road, Jesus comes up beside them and has probably one of the most fascinating conversations anyone has ever had with him.  One problem, we don’t have the conversation recorded in Scripture.

However, I think that almost the entirety of what Jesus said to these two men on the road to Emmaus is recorded somewhere in bits and pieces throughout the rest of the new testament writings.  Read the story in preparation for Sunday and imagine trying to make sense of Jesus crucifixion and crazy reports of Jesus resurrection.  Questions would abound!

This story gives us a couple clues as to what life in following Jesus post resurrection looks like.  Two truths strike me: One, following Jesus (a life of discipleship) is one AHA moment after another.  Two, be on your Guard!  There will always be an alternative narrative to try and explain away Jesus’ death and resurrection.  So what will you believe?  The story of Scripture?  Or the alternative stories that discredit Jesus’ death and resurrection?

Come Sunday, come ready, come and worship,

Pastor Mark