Good morning Calvary family!
This coming Sunday, we will study another letter by the Apostle Paul to his spiritual son, Timothy. And as I have been preparing, one of the things I am continually grateful to God for is how he keeps granting fresh readings of his Word, for I have seen things here I’ve never seen before.
You see, Paul is near death. He is in prison. He exists in the shadow of the executioner. He is tired, he is cold, he is alone, and he is feeling the bite of loneliness and desertion of all those close to him. It is likely this is the last letter of his life. Among other reasons, these realities make this one of the most emotional and moving portions in all of Scripture.
As you read and prepare for the service this Sunday, keep that picture of Paul in your mind. Put yourself in the place of Timothy, hearing the words of an older father, pouring out his heart to you and calling you to the great mission of the Good News of Jesus. For Paul is a dying man pleading with dying men to grasp Christ.
I am praying for you, dear friends, and for us. May God grant us the grace to see marvelous things in his Word as we gather this coming Sunday. And may he use our time together to equip us, so that we can help at least one other person move one step closer to Jesus.
I love you,
Just a brief reminder that a great way to prepare for the service this coming Sunday is to read the text we will be studying together.
One of the dangers of reading the stories of those followers of Jesus that we find in the Bible is we can treat them as if they are almost super-human.
Preparing For Sunday May 12, 1 & 2 Thessalonians
This last Sunday, I preached the first of two sermons on Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians. Here was the sentence I began unpacking, which is my summary of both letters:
Martin Luther warned that the people of the church are always in danger of their hearts straying from the truth of the good news of the kingdom of God found in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
First, it is Palm Sunday. Which means it is the beginning of a week of remembering the most important events in the history of the world: the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, his last meal with his disciples, his death at the hands of sinful men as the result of a sham sentence in a kangaroo court, his burial by those who loved him, and his resurrection from the dead just three days later. All of it for the salvation and rescue of the world.
The Whole Story: Ephesians-Week Two
I attempted to show in the sermon this past Sunday that Paul offers us two anchor points for our lives, and upon which our lives depend.
Preparing For Sunday 19 May 2019
What do you think of when you see these two words together?...