“The Gospel will reorder the priorities of your heart, until you live in a whole new way.”
Jesus tells his disciples about the severity of sin, especially when it’s tied to valuable things in our lives. Our response is radical surgery, ridding ourselves of anything that gets in the way of our relationship with him. In the midst of a life full of idols that call for our attention and worship, it is only the gospel of Jesus Christ that can reorient our hearts, free us from slavery to sin, and lead us to a whole new way of life. When we view this passage through that lens, we find what idols are, why they are so bad, and how we deal with them in our lives. Most of all, we find Jesus himself dealing with them decisively on the cross and with an empty tomb. By the gospel we can see clearly how powerless idols really are, and how much we have in Christ.
Sunday December 1st
The Bible is an adventure story about a young Hero, named Jesus, who comes from a land far away, to win back His lost treasure. At the center of God’s story is the one we’ve all been waiting for.
Jesus Storybook Bible
The Story and The Song (pg 12)
“The gospel frees you from yourself, your status, and your insecurities.”
When Jesus explains he is a king going to a cross, it revolutionizes what we think about life. Jesus showcases this in two conversations with this disciples: one about status, and one about insecurity. In the first, we find that the Gospel has made us children of God, and so we no longer need to measure ourselves by earthly pride. Instead, God’s infinite love produces servants who see everyone as an object of their love and aid. In the second, we find that the Gospel has made us children of God, and so we no longer need to fight our earthly insecurities. Instead, God’s infinite love produces servants who celebrate the success of others without reservation. Ultimately, the gospel frees us from the constant battle between pride and insecurity. It replaces them with humility and confidence, which complement each other when they are focused on Jesus, his cross, and his empty tomb.
Join us for our annual Christmas Eve service Tuesday December 24th at 5pm. We will be celebrating the birth of Christ with a family devotional celebrating that “He’s Here!”. Although childcare will not be provided we’d love children of all ages to join us.
Any questions please contact Pastor Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org
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