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We firmly believe that God gathers His disciples, with their passions, hearts and giftedness, to live out His purpose in their daily lives. Through the month of May we are diving into our purpose as disciples of Jesus - to proclaim the Gospel, make disciples and move the mission forward – and how we can do that collectively as Peace Lutheran Church, and how we do that in our homes, relationships and daily lives.
As the church and culture starts to enter into a post-pandemic season of life, not experienced by the vast majority of people, how do we move forward? After a solid year of restrictions, protocols and new norms, the culture before the pandemic will not be the culture after. But, how do we, as the Church, move forward proclaiming the Gospel and making disciples when there is so much unknown? This 6-week series will dive into the adventure and challenges of discipleship in times unknown, where everyone is experiencing “new” and it seems a return to what was will not occur again.
Following the resurrection of Jesus, Luke records the beginnings of the The Way, the followers of Jesus. This included time of great persecution, uncertainty, and shockingly, incredible growth for the Church. In the midst of the Book of Acts are stories of great transformation as the Gospel is proclaimed, shared and lived out. This series will look at some of these stories to better understand our own stories of transformation in the love and truth of Jesus.
Holy Week observances can be traced all the way back to early centuries of the church. As church history progressed, the Church Year or Liturgical Calendar, as we know it today, was fully developed. But before we had the Advent or Lenten season, the events of Holy Week were given prominence in the early church. These events are the basis of our faith! Christ instituted the new covenant and the Lord’s Supper on that first Maundy Thursday. Scripture was ultimately fulfilled on Good Friday as the ultimate sacrifice was made with Christ’s death. Then came Christ’s resurrection on that first Easter Sunday… and the rest, as they say, is history.
The Church season of Lent is a time for Christians to seek, to renew, and to grow in their faith. It is a time to focus intentionally on our spiritual life and health. Spiritual Disciplines are one of the methods the Church has used for centuries to draw focus and renewal. Over the course of the next 5 weeks, we will look at 5 different practices of Spiritual Disciplines to help train our mind, body, and spirit to seek, renew, and grow in our faith.
In his letter to the Galatians, Paul dives into what allows a person to be called a son/daughter of God, to be His beloved and redeemed. It does not come from their best actions, or the worst of others, but solely through His love and grace shown in Jesus Christ. Starting from this foundation, Paul then gives the Galatian disciples, and you and me today, a clear picture of how we are to live our lives in Christ – as witnesses to His love, mercy and truth. During this season of Lent, we have a tremendous opportunity to seek to “keep in step with the Spirit”, practicing the fruit of the Spirit, and encouraging one another to keep moving forward, to live in Christ.
The Gospel of Mark begins quite quickly with Jesus’ ministry – first in calling His disciples, to sending them out, to Jesus already being challenged by the religious leaders of the day. Mark makes it clear throughout His Gospel that Jesus stayed focus on His ministry of preaching the good news of His Kingdom. As we dive into 2021 there are more opportunities for us to make Christ know then ever before, be it in person or virtually! This 4-week sermon series led by Pastor Brian will be an opportunity to dive into the first experiences of Jesus with His disciples in the Gospel of Mark, and what this means for our own journeys of discipleship.