Spending time reading about the life of Jesus in the Gospels will change your life. I know it's been that way for me. Reading and re-reading the Gospels has helped me center my life around the things Jesus actually said and did. As I continue to read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, I'm amazed at the number of expectations, traditions, rules, and more that have fallen off of my thinking.
For me, "sharing the Gospel" means I'm telling the story of Jesus, the One who God crowned as King. I'm talking about Jesus, not just once or a few times, but over and over and over again. I resonate with what Jesus said in the closing words of His prayer in John 17...
O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them. John 17:25-26 ESV
Jesus came to earth to make God known. When He faced obstacles and objections of all kinds, even His coming crucifixion, He was committed to continue to make the Father known. How did He do it? Through love, the love that God loved Jesus with.
I have a significant way to go on my journey of becoming more like Jesus. Just ask my family, they will tell you. When it comes to leading our church, going where God is taking us as a church family, and figuring out how to be the church He wants us to be - the place we must start and finish is to make Jesus known.
I am committed to continue to make Jesus known, as I hope you are. Even when we face obstacles, we will continue to make Him known, with the same love Jesus has for you and me.
Let's get to work.
We have another set of beautiful, yet challenging verses to examine this Sunday. We will work through the balance of Ephesians 2 and feel Paul's passion for what God accomplished through Jesus. I hope we will learn a few things about the way we are to operate in our world.
Join us in person or online at 9:00 or 10:40am.
Grace & Peace,