This weekend we begin a new message series: Mentor - Watch the message trailer here. Our mentors will be Solomon to teach us direction, Noah from whom we can learn perseverance, Joseph to see the power of grace, and Jesus to understand our call to self-sacrifice.
Join us in person inside or outdoors:
- Saturday at 5 pm
- Sunday at 7:45 am
- Sunday at 9:15 am (livestreamed here)
- Sunday at 10:30 am outdoors (livestreamed here)
- Wednesday at 7 pm
If you join us for the outdoor service, bring your lawn chairs. Better Together Mobile Cafe will be there to serve us before and after the service. Click here for their menu featuring coffee drinks, shakes and baked goods.
Dr. Martin Luther is one of my mentors. The first statement of his 95 theses posted for religious debate stated:
"When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, 'Repent,' he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance."
"Repent" means a "change of mind"--a change of mind about the power of sin to destroy you and a change of mind about God that he is not your enemy but your Savior.
The truth about daily repentance that Luther mentioned is revealed in our lessons for today. In Luke 12:49-13:9 Jesus warns that he will be a cause of division. The Christian message is a very exclusive message: "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6). That message will cause division in this world.
At the same time the Christian message is the most inclusive message. No matter who you are or what you have done, Jesus loved you enough to die for you.
7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:7-8).
As you read Luke 12:49-13:9, hear Jesus' daily call. Let every tragedy you hear about become a personal call to understand the time! Now is the time to repent.
That need for daily repentance is illustrated in King David's life. In 1 Chronicles 20-22 God gave David great victories (chapter 20) and had promised "to make Israel as numerous as the stars in the sky" (1 Chronicles 27:33). But God's promises weren't enough. Pride welled up in David's heart and led him want to know how many men were at his command (chapter 21). At the end of the chapter, the plague stops on the threshing floor of Araunah where the temple will be built. From this point on, the focus of 1 Chronicles is that of a repentant king who wants only to worship his Savior. Chapter 22 begins several chapters of preparations for the temple.
One of the benefits of daily Bible reading is it is a time when the Lord confronts us like the prophet Gad confronted King David. We open up God's Word and hear His call to repent and claim again his grace in Christ.
The daily Bible reading plan, worship folder with St. Paul's News and the Kids Club Family Lesson is attached.
Your fellow forgiven sinner,