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We have made “all natural” a cliché, and used it as a description of premium products: “all natural flavoring,” “all natural ingredients” – is a label that adds to the price of any product, but in this fallen world, when we leave something in its “natural state,” it is more likely that it will instead be polluted, corrupted, prone to early spoilage, or in need of some enhancement before consumption. Because that’s what Sin did to us – it made war, sickness and death “normal and natural.”
A woman met Jesus at a well. She was separated from Jesus by her gender, her ethnic background, her religion, but most of all by her sin. Jesus could have rejected her immediately but he had purposely come to meet her. This is a powerful portrait of how Jesus comes to each of us.
The gospel is like mayonnaise.
Check out this overview of the Gospel of Luke. We have spent the past year studying Luke. Now, we'll look at it in summary and find major themes, etc. Discover this all inclusive Gospel, reminding us that God loves all people!
1. Follow Jesus Christ: who Engages and Confronts Our Culture ● our Religious Pride and Diversity (vs1-3; 19-26) ● our Racism and Sexism (vs4, 9, 27) ● our Shame and Spiritual Hunger (vs6-7; 16-29) ● our Sexual Immorality (vs16-19) ● our Idols and Strongholds (vs1ff) 2. Experience and Obey the Life-Transforming Gospel ● by drinking the water of eternal life (vs7-15) ● by worshipping God in spirit and in truth (vs19-26) 3. Be Biblically-Evangelistic ● in the everyday circumstances of life (vs6-7) ● through intentional, compassionate, and captivating Conversations (vs7-26) ● by courageously sharing our testimonies and pointing people to Jesus Christ (vs28-29, 39-42) ● through sowing and reaping (vs31-42)
The gospel is the great news that in Christ we have been reconciled to God. But that is not all! In Christ God has created a new community. The church is a holy nation, a family, and a dwelling place for the Spirit. Listen as pastor Brian Curtis proclaims the great truths of our new community.