What do you think of when you see these two words together?—
Was the first thing that leapt to your mind Arnold Schwarzenegger and his many Terminator movies? Or was it a bit more biblical, and maybe visions from the apostle John’s Revelation began playing in the theatre of your imagination: flaming fire, and brimstone, and attacking angels, and a lake of fire, and eternal torment.
I wonder if in all of those reflections of Judgment Day…I wonder if you think of it as good news.
This coming Sunday, we will study Paul’s second letter to his friends in the Greek city of Thessalonica. And our focus will be on chapter one, and Paul’s teaching there on Judgment Day. And I’d like to show you how this teaching is part of the good news of Jesus. So please take the 7 minutes you’ll need to read that letter before coming on Sunday. You could even set aside a half hour and read it a couple of times, and pray over it, and particularly study the first chapter; as well as take advantage of the resources for study at the Bible Project.
Another exciting part of our service this Sunday will be our Covenant Affirmation ceremony. It is a joy-filled moment as people enter into covenant membership as part of our church family, sealing their commitment to the purpose of our church, and the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom through us. We will have 18 people making this covenant, which means over 30 brothers and sisters have joined our church in the first few months of 2019. Praise God!
I’m looking forward to being with y’all this Sunday, as our Father speaks to us through his Word, magnifying his Son, through the illuminating power of the Holy Spirit.
In the book of James, we meet a follower of Jesus who is going to sit us down for a little chat. And fair warning here: James isn’t really too concerned about your feelings, or how comfortable you are with someone you don’t know nor have ever met getting pretty personal with you.
Sunday's Comin' (July 7, 2019)
I think all of us want to be wise. The question is, how do we get there?
Preparing For May 26, 2019
Do you know why the church exists? Do you know who formed the church, and how it was formed?
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.
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.