Encountering Jesus

The beginning of a new church is a really exciting, but also humbling adventure with God.  Our team has been working for months to put together all the details of meeting space, chairs, kids programing, sound equipment, legal paperwork, and all the other myriads of fine print.  We’ve finally come to our launch Sunday that we’ve been anticipating for weeks.  We’ve been praying for our neighbors that don’t have a church family and for us to live out the gospel in our community.

New churches don’t do anything good automatically, but are only effective when God’s spirit is working.  We’ve stated that we want this church to fix it’s eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2), so we’re going to be landing in the gospel of Luke from our beginning Sunday until Easter Sunday.  Since he’s the author of our faith, our eyes ought to be fixed upon who he is, what he says, and what he does.  We’ll be wrestling with and considering the stories Jesus tells, how he challenges his disciples, pours out grace, and how he calls them to a life centered on God and in obedience to him.  Ultimately Jesus will lay down his life to pay the ultimate penalty on our behalf.  But we’ll have a great celebration on Easter Sunday because Jesus didn’t stay in the tomb!

We’ll start this Sunday, Jan 26, looking at Luke 4 where Jesus stands up in the assembly and reads from Isaiah:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor”

Some have called this passage a purpose statement for Jesus.  It would also be a great purpose statement for our church. May God use this new faith family to be a continuation of Jesus ministry and proclamation of God’s favor.

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