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Lost, Found, Joy

Jesus tells a story about a lost sheep and the shepherd who searches for it, and brings it home with joy. He tells a story about a lost coin and the woman who sweeps her house for it and when she finds it, she celebrates! Then Jesus says He’s not talking about a sheep or a coin, a shepherd or a woman. He’s talking about people who are lost, the God who cares for them, loves them and searches for them, and when He finds the lost, He brings you all the way with great joy. Jesus’ story is meant to convict the “insiders” about their lack of love and concern for lost people, and comfort people who are lost, that no matter how far you may feel you are from God, He loves you enough to seek you out until He finds you and brings you home!

Scripture: Luke 15:1-10

Praying The Course!

We were privileged to hear from DeWayne Hawkins, pastor at Life Givers Church. Pastor Hawkins takes us through verses in Luke 11:5-13 to examine the teachings on prayer. Prayer is very immersive, it demands the whole person, it demands all of you. God wants all of you, the messy, broken parts, the parts you don’t want to show anyone. Listen to learn how to pray the course.

Scripture: Luke 11:5-13

God’s Heart for the Nations

The Bible is a collection of 66 books that tell a single story from Genesis to Revelation. You can follow that story through four acts: Creation, Fall, Redemption and Restoration. In Isaiah 49 you see through the eyes of one of God’s Old Testament Prophets that God’s heart for the nations beats throughout those four acts, is centered on the sending of the Messiah, the Son of God, Jesus and is not separate from what God has called us to be and do through the Great Commission.

Scripture: Isaiah 49

Turning Everyday Conversations into Gospel Conversations

We all know what it means to feel compassion – we feel it for our children or grandchildren when they’re hurting or in need. But how do we express compassion for the people around us who need Jesus? Sharing the good news of Jesus is the most compassionate thing we can do. But how?

Start where you are – at home, at work, with a neighbor or friend.
Use what you have – you have multiple conversations everyday.
Do what you can – we all have relationships and conversations – share what you can, when you can.

Scripture: Mark 6:34-44

The King’s Messengers

As messengers of King Jesus, we understand that there are those that will come to faith in Jesus. As we engage people to put Jesus first for the sake of others, we also need to be mindful of what “going” means.

Scripture: Luke 10:1-12

The Fame of the Crucified King

Calvin Miller said, “It’s difficult to look at a naked, beaten man and see anything kingly about him. How odd that in the fullness of time, Herod would be remembered a tyrant but the naked, beaten man he studied would rule the hearts of millions.”

Let’s look at Luke 23 and see how the Crucified One became the Famous One.

Scripture: Luke 23;36-56; John 18:37

 

When Darkness Reigns

On the darkest night in history, Jesus prayed alone – submitting to the will of the Father, and he stood alone – doing the will of the Father so that he could lift the spiritual darkness from each of us and rid the world of it forever. And because of his faithfulness that night, we look forward to the Day when there will be no more night.

Scripture: Luke 22:39-65; Rev. 21:22-25

King Jesus

We live with a tension to be autonomous, to call our own shots, and a bent to give control of our lives to someone or something else. Truth is, we all serve some “functional king.” Maybe it’s your pets, your children, your career, your desire for other’s approval, etc. But these “functional kings” don’t give us life, they take it, they don’t set us free, they oppress us. That’s because we were made by and for the True King, and only under His hand can we become all he made us to be.

Scripture: Luke 19:28-44

 

The Call To Make Him Known

These were Jesus’ final words. It has been 2000 years and Jesus has not during that time planted his feet on earth and audibly addressed his followers. Jesus laid down in the clearest terms the mission for those who are to follow him. This is the mission of the church—the mandate of Christianity.

Here in Acts 1:1-11 Jesus’ last words serve as a clarion call for you and me to make what was on Jesus’ mind as he went to heaven the number one issue in our lives – making the gospel of Jesus known to a world that needs to know him or as our mission statement reads: “engage people to put Jesus first for the sake of others.”

Scripture: Acts 1:1-11