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Today… we focus on the gospel of Christ – what is the gospel and what does it say to us?
After two of Jacob's sons, Simeon and Levi, enact sinful revenge against the men of Shechem for sin committed against their sister by one man of the city (Gen. 34)--a vengeance that was partly fueled by Jacob's indifference to the whole matter--Jacob and his household are placed in a dangerous situation. Jacob fears for his safety and that of his household. In the midst of this, God tells Jacob to go to Bethel and make an altar that he and his household would worship God. It reveals that the fundamental purpose for which God creates his covenant people is for the worship of God. Thus, it is the worship of God that God's people must make as their focus. According to Genesis 35 it will mean that they pursue holiness, encounter God's protection and focus on who God is and what God does.
In Luke 23:50-24:7, we see that the women disciples are overwhelmed by the events that took place on Friday. In their despair they go back to the tomb to find something they were not expecting: Jesus' body was gone. Then, two angels reminded them that they had forgotten something massively important. What they forgot was Jesus' promise to them that he would be risen from the dead. What do we do when God's promises and are feelings seem to disagree?
Throughout the Gospels we see that Jesus' last night with the disciples was a night of massive promises to those who would immediately flee from him and deny him. Yet, God is the promise keeper so we can trust him. Listen and enjoy this year's service from beginning to end. It has 6 different Scripture readings followed by songs and concludes with a short sermon.
We must remember a few things as we anticipate God's fulfillment of his promises.
We serve an amazing God who always has his people on his mind because he cares for us. Our God is True, Faithful, Righteous and Just. We have a place to run, we have a place to hide. God Keeps His Promises.