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The Lord instituted the sacraments—baptism and the Lord’s Supper—for at least four purposes, namely to sustain, nourish, confirm and increase our faith. He sustains, nourishes, confirms and increases our faith so that in turn we will be driven by grace to serve others with good works.
This week continues the M's series and this week we look at Mission. This series follows on what the members look at through the membership course the "Game Plan". Pete looks at what it means to be a Missional church.
How do we understand Jesus' kingship? What does it mean for us to be citizens of his kingdom? As we continue through John's Gospel, Pastor Jeremy considers Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem and sets out to answer 1) What do we learn about our King? and 2) What does it mean for our lives?
Lesson Aim: To discuss some of the ways God transforms His people and nations.
How do we renew our cities? By learning what it means to be a neighbor. Jesus gives us a beautiful example of what renewal really looks like and the kind of investment it takes to truly answer the question, "What does it mean to be a neighbor?" Renewal takes effort, it takes commitment, and it's impossible to do well. It takes Jesus to show us what it means to be a neighbor, Jesus to fulfill the requirement to be a good neighbor and the Spirit to enable us to emulate His example.
Jesus tells a story about accountability before a king in order to illustrate that all people will give an account before Jesus. As in the parable, Jesus went away, but He will return as a conquering King. When He left, He entrusted His servants with a task (and the resources they need to carry it out). There are also many people on the earth who are His unreconciled enemies. When Jesus returns, His faithful servants will be rewarded, His unfaithful servants will experience rebuke and loss, and His unreconciled enemies will perish. While this parable serves as a warning for all people to be reconciled to Jesus, its focus is on Jesus' followers that we might invest faithfully the resources He has entrusted to us for the gospel mission. So, ask yourself, "What has God given me? How am I investing it in the gospel? How could I invest more?"
This week we look at the new command given by Jesus that we are to love one another, but not merely to love one another, but to love one another 'like Jesus loved us.' This not only totally raises the call, but also tells us that we aren't to love one another based on our feelings, our experiences or how culture tells us to love, but how Jesus loves us. It tells us that how Jesus loves is our basis and our plumb line. What a beautiful way to love. in addition to the beautiful call to love, we also learn that we aren't left alone, that we have been given the Helper, the Holy Spirit to lead us. What a sweet gift.
The story of Jesus' encounter with Zacchaeus is a wonderful story in its own right. However, when you move beyond our familiarity with this story and look more closely at what transpires in the text, we find three life-changing lessons from the story's three main characters. From Zacchaeus, we learn to respond to Jesus' gospel call. From the crowd, we learn to not get in the way of people who are looking for Jesus. From Jesus Himself, we learn to start seeking the lost.