Good Dirt: What it takes to grow in God’s kingdom and have God’s kingdom grow in you.
What was Jesus bringing from town to town when he walked the face of the earth? Was it merely an offer of forgiveness, peace and love? It was so much more. Jesus brought the devastatingly good news that God’s kingdom was breaking into this world, a new creation order, that was going to change everything. How we get into this new creation order, and how it gets into us, is what we’ll be exploring as we follow Jesus from town to town in Luke 7 & 8.
Take a look at this picture:
Did you see it?
There are a lot of funny little things in life that we miss all the time. Like the 40 year old guy who recently posted a video of himself discovering the gas cap hook and wondering how he lived so long without ever seeing it before.
It’s easy to miss things, even important things. Sometimes I worry about what I should be seeing but am missing. Do you ever wonder about that?
In just a few weeks we’ll be celebrating Easter, and as I’ve been reading through Luke’s Gospel, one thing has stood out: Everyone missed it. No one saw Jesus for who He was and what He was doing. Not the religious leaders. Not the crowds. Not his disciples. Not even his closest friends.
I noticed that there are a few reasons why they didn’t see Jesus, and that they are the same reasons many people today don’t see Jesus. We’re going to look at these things that keep us from seeing Jesus, and hopefully learn to avoid making the same mistakes.
This is a great time of year to invite your friends and family to join us online, or at the church. I’m praying you will, and that they, and all of us, will see Jesus. Because when we truly see Him our lives will never be the same again.
Some people like to say that the only certainties in life are death and taxes. Well, there’s at least one more: temptation. There’s a lot of confusion about temptation. Most people think it’s a test of their willpower: can I be strong in the face of [fill in your own temptation here]. What if temptation weren’t about your strength? What if the way we try to handle temptation was actually only sinking us deeper into its clutches? We’re going to spend three weeks looking at a battle with temptation that Jesus fought at his weakest point, at the ways he was tempted, and how he came out on top of temptation.
We start every year with a return to basics. Who are we? What are we about? What’s our purpose as a church? This year we’re answering that with three simple statements:
These three foundations frame our identity, and guide everything we do. And for the month of January we’re going to explore how we can install them as life-shaping values in our hearts.
We live in a world of wonder.
We wonder about our children’s future, our job security, our government, our healthcare…
We wonder, “What’s going on!?”
And we wonder, “Where is God in all this disorder around us? What is He doing?”
We’re not the first people to wonder. The Gospel of Luke was written about and to people who wonder. Luke wrote it to give us an ordered account so that we can be certain about Jesus, even in the midst of our wondering.
As we journey through His story, our confused wondering will be transformed into the joyful wonder of admiration at what God has done.