Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Jesus, Friend of Sinners

Hello Friends,

Q: How many people does it take to… bring someone to Jesus?

Almost sounds like the lead-in to a joke, doesn’t it?

But it wasn’t a joke for the man lying flat on his back.

A: 4

At least that’s how many friends it took for the man we’re going to meet Sunday as we read an awesome story found in Luke 5:17-26. It took literally four determined friends, who were willing to do whatever it took, to bring him to Jesus. And that meeting with Jesus changed his life—forever.

Is there anyone you can help bring to Jesus this week by inviting them to church?

This Sunday we start a new series called Jesus, Friend of Sinners. It’s the perfect time to bring someone to church with you. Jesus once said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” He said, “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Well that’s us...all of us…when God helps us see just what our most serious need and problem is.

During this series we will watch Jesus as he interacts with “sinners.” What’s amazing is how easily we can relate to each of these sinners, how his or her struggle is so often ours as well. But what’s even more amazing is what Jesus’ interaction with each of these sinners reveals to us about God’s love and grace in our own lives!

So think now about who you might invite. Say a prayer that God would give you the determination and the courage to ask them to join you. Perhaps offer to pick them up and give them a ride. Maybe take them out with you for brunch afterwards. What will it take to bring them to meet Jesus?

  • Last week we had our initial meeting with people from the City of Franklin regarding the rezoning of the Loomis Rd property. More info to come over the next 6-12 weeks. Please ask the Lord of the Church that his will be done regarding whatever he thinks is best for his Kingdom!
  • Jr. High Confirmation Class - After Bible Quest, all children 6-8th grade are encouraged to participate in confirmation class where they learn the basics of Christian doctrine in preparation for partaking of Holy Communion and a life of continued learning and Christian living. Classes take place twice a month during the Sunday morning worship hour and run from Fall-Spring. The first Fall class will be taking place in September TBA soon. To register, or to get on our contact list when more information is communicated, please contact me. Parents, even if your children were in the class this past year, please email me a list of names and your best email/cell # for contacting you.
  • Today is the last day to sign up for our church family Brewers’ game outing on August 31. I do believe this would qualify now as a free $10 voucher day, folks! Register here at this direct link. Otherwise contact Sammi Goodger today.
  • Next week is Soccer Camp! Cassy sent out an email earlier this morning on ways you can still help out / provide needed items. Please check it out.
  • Thank you for your ongoing prayers on behalf on my family as we help with Sarah’s Mom who is in hospice. We are treasuring the time we have left here with Mom on this earth even as we look forward to seeing her again in heaven one day. Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
In His grip,

Pastor Ben

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