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Why Worship and Adore Jesus?
We will conclude our sermon series, Immerse, this week, where we have been immersing ourselves in the words of the New Testament. I am really looking forward to this Sunday. Many of you will remember Dr. Solomon Wang from earlier this year. He is the Vice-President of Convoy of Hope and DRCC made a very generous donation to Convoy’s work in Ukraine. I invited Dr. Wang to bring the message this Sunday. I don’t want to give anything away, but you will see this weekend how the funds that were raised for Ukraine from our church is impacting Ukrainian refugees in Poland – there is a cool story here, but I’ll let Dr. Wang share that. He will also be wrapping up our journey through the New Testament with a powerful message.
Greater Than >
We continue on to week 7 of our series, Immerse, where we are immersing ourselves in the words of the New Testament. This week’s readings will take us through the book of Hebrews. Although we do not know who wrote the book and when exactly it was written, Hebrews calls us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and to not give up in the face of hardship and persecution. The book is a wild ride of sorts, taking us from a discussion about angels, to Abraham and Melchizedek and other figures in the Old Testament, to a description of the furniture in the tabernacle, to multiple and repeated discussions about blood and sacrifice. Some would argue these aren’t exactly hot topics for Christians today. But there’s more! Join us this weekend as we dig deep into a book of the New Testament many Christians in our day find strange and difficult, but I would argue it has a fascinating and powerful message for our times.
Here He Is!
Our journey through Immerse (New Testament) will take us through the book of Matthew next week. As we learned earlier in the series, the four Gospel accounts provide a rich and unified picture of Jesus. Matthew is perhaps the strangest choice for a Gospel writer. A tax collector by profession, Jewish by birth, Roman by employment, yet called by Jesus to be a disciple. He offers a deeply textured picture of Christ. He depicts the story of Jesus as something new that is rooted in the old. He begins with a royal genealogy and then presents the Gospel in a brilliantly structured way to help build a bridge connecting the story of Jesus with the Hebrew Bible’s story of salvation and the promise of a coming King. Join us this weekend as we learn how to read, understand, and interpret the good news of Jesus according to Matthew.
Living Beyond Ourselves
We continue our journey immersed in the New Testament this week in the gospel according to Mark. I have invited a college friend of mine to share what it means to take the gospel and live it out in a way that impacts our world. Shane Claiborne and I first met at Eastern University in the nineties, shortly before he left for Calcutta to intern with Mother Teresa. Shane is the founder of The Simple Way and has written several bestselling books and has been featured in numerous magazines and television programs and is usually booked out for years. Erika and I had the privilege of visiting with him and his wife Katie last week. In what will forever be for Erika and me a memorable walk with them down the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, we saw the scope of The Simple Way and Shane and Katie’s work among the poorest neighborhoods in America. I kept thinking of Isaiah 9:2, John 1:5, and James 1:27. We walked away encouraged and inspired. I am looking forward to hosting this very special couple and dear friends this weekend – don’t miss it!
Surprised by Joy
Welcome to week 4 in our Immerse series. I cannot wait to be together this weekend as we will look together at how we as Christians can have joy by living life as a living sacrifice, lived out in surprising ways! We will find all of this in the letters of the Apostle Paul, especially Romans (particularly Romans 12), written to the early church. Letters that were written to the first ever Christian churches, churches that he helped start on mission trips. Paul experienced and lived this kind of life! Believe it or not a life you and I can live out today!
You are invited to the feast! The king carefully prepared his guest list, making certain that all the right people were invited. No expense was spared; this was going to be a wedding celebration that would be talked about for a long, long time. The responses began to trickle in… “Sorry, can't make it, we have tickets to the game that day”… “Wish we could, but my daughter has a cheerleading competition that day”… Each excuse seemed even more inadequate than the one before…So, the king did a very unexpected thing… He sent his messengers out into the city and invited all of the hurting, struggling and hungry folk to the party… and they all came! There was still room, so the king sent his messengers back out. This time they went into the countryside… the highways and the byways… They invited all those who worked from sunup to sundown… struggling to put food on the table for their children… turns out they all had completely empty social calendars… Nothing and no one would keep any of these invited guests from coming. This week we are talking about how we can invite the hurting, hopeless, and helpless to the Kingdom feast here in Frederick.