Little Books Big Message
This week, Christopher is our preacher and Jude is the book. Jude urges us to defend the Gospel and to remember the words of the apostles. He also sends us a sober warning about the consequence of forgetting who we are in Christ and trading truth for a lie. Join us Sunday and be inspired!
I've been reading a book called Bullies and Saints: An Honest Look at the Good and Evil of Christian History. It is an eye-opening look at how Christians have acted through the ages. As the title suggests, it hasn't all been bad. There are saints in our family tree -- people who love deeply and suffer patiently and act selflessly. Our tribe is rife with those folks. But they are not all of us. There are also bullies among us, from crusaders, to slaveholders, to molesters, to hypocrites. We are not perfect people. Not by a long shot. This Sunday, we'll look at a bully and a saint in John's third letter to the Church, and we'll be inspired to consider how our own attitudes and actions help or hurt the cause of Christ in the world. We'll try together to get to the heart of the issue as we let the issues get to the heart of us. I don't know if I'm as "excited" about this message as I am ready for it. It is an important conversation for the Church and for our church. ~ Carolyn
This week, we're proving the title of this series. Some of the shortest books in the Bible still carry big messages, and 2 John is one of those books. In just five paragraphs, he sums up the marching orders of every follower of Jesus: Walk in love, and walk in truth. This Sunday, we'll talk about how to hold those thoughts in tension so we can fully comprehend the magnificent, holy love of God. We will also celebrate our seniors (high school and beyond), so come ready to offer some blessings to folks on their way to big things.
Having grown up in a house full of boys, I know too well that one person's fun is another person's "hey! that's not funny!" All of us tend to define the world according to our own preferences and through our own filters (which means it is pretty amazing we agree on anything, right?). John understood our psychology. and in his first letter to the early church, wants Christians to hear that there are actually some things we can all agree on -- like the love of God, the centrality of Jesus, and the need for fellowship. When we can agree on the big things, it sure makes the rest of it easier. That's the big message this Sunday, and I'm very excited to be with you in worship and the Word! ~ Carolyn
2 Peter is a culmination of all Peter's teachings packed into three short chapters. It's full of passion and conviction and laced all the way through with an upward call ... to grow up, listen up, and stand up. Come! Hear Peter's heart for the church he lived and died for as he shares his greatest hope for all of us.
Sometimes the best stuff takes the least words. An "I love you" or "I'm sorry" can be far more powerful and life-giving than a whole page about why. That's why we're looking at these little books in the New Testament. Because even though they keep it short, they manage to say a lot. In just 335 words, Paul's letter to Philemon may well contain the most potent picture of both the pure gospel and its practical application. And it also manages to capture the beauty of partnership, or what it really means to belong to each other. We can't wait to share this word with you.
This Sunday, we begin with a word from Paul to Titus. This is a little book with a big message! If you have it in you this week, I'd encourage you to take 20 minutes to read the whole book of Titus while smiling. Seriously! It will help you hear Paul's compassion and care for Christians in a part of the world that had grown hard, and that was in deep need of a dose of holy love.
Topics: Holy Love