September 18, 2016 – Jon Ritner
Today begins our Fall teaching series, Sent: Rediscovering the Priorities of Jesus. For the next 8 weeks, we will study the life of Jesus from passages in the four Gospels. Much is made of the profound teachings and the powerful miracles of Jesus, but what were the underlying priorities of his life that determined how he invested his time and energy?
As the modern day Body of Christ, we are seeking to reclaim his mission as sent by God to declare and display God’s universal reign over the world. We will also read together from the book Surprise the World by Michael Frost, which will serve to help us understand practical habits and rhythms we can adopt to live out Jesus’s priorities. This week’s reading is the introduction and Chapter 1.
On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me,even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”
O God, it is easy to love the whole world, but hard to love the person one works next to;
O God, it is easy to campaign for world peace, but hard to contribute to the peace within my own home;
O God, it is easy to be fascinated with some new truth, and miss you in the thing I have known so long;
O God, it is easy to share my home and possessions with people I like. Teachme how to be generous toward others
Enable me today to say something or do something that will make a difference to
the discouraged, to the inexperienced, to the despairing.
Let no selfish concern with my own affairs shut me off from any today.
For yourlove’s sake.