Jesus came to demonstrate that God was now extending grace not only to the nation of Israel, but to everyone, particularly those previously seen as outsidersÈ to the religious leaders of the 1st century.
Everyone is called to discover God, but often our perspective determines our discovery. Before the Gospel of Luke takes us on a journey to discover God, it first prepares us for the journey by challenging us to discover our perspective.
Faith, for a Christian, is knowing the truth of Jesus, seeing the world the way Jesus sees it, and interacting with the world they way Jesus did. ξFaith is not just for the times of crisis, but in the everyday stuff.
What can we learn from the faith of the centurion? He heard stories about Jesus, and through those, believed in his power and recognized his authority. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
Chadξfinishes sharing about Jesus’ sermon on the plain, in which we are told to love our enemies, turn the other cheek, give without expectations, do not condemn. How do we show the world that we are different?
ROCKHARBOR’sξnew lead pastor Bart Scharrer shares his story, Wendy McMahan shares about Orphan Sunday, and Chad talks about the election and, more importantly,ξJesus’ sermon on the plain. The Kingdom of God is so much bigger than we think.
Jesus calls to Matthewξ(Levi) toξleave his job as a tax collector and follow him. Matthew’s first reaction is to celebrateξJesus with a huge party and invite all his friends, whom the Pharisees count as sinners.
Today, we’re going to feel what the rich young ruler felt when he asked Jesus what he had to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus responds with give all you have to the poor and come follow me. Tough stuff. We’re going to sit in the enormity of that call. We’re going to feel empathy from Jesus because he too was asked to give it all, those bloody sweat drops show how difficult it was for him … why would it be easier for us? Then we’re going to feel the grace of not having to be perfect mixed with the tension of Jesus still asking for everything, as imperfectly as we can give it. Especially when Jesus doesn’t give us steps to follow so we can be good. He only gives us hope that once we’ve followed him, we won’t be left lacking.
Jesus reminds us of two examples of God’s word never failing: the flood and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. It will be as clear as lightning and as obvious as an earthquake when Jesus comes back, and He wants us to know the urgency! It is with love that he warns of the coming […]