On this 4th Sunday of Easter we remember that Jesus is the Good Shepherd who wants to guide us and protect us. As King David says in the famous 23rd Psalm, "He leads me beside still waters and refreshes my soul."
As a church, may we all realize that everyone is called to care for others and to share in abundant life God has given us. In Acts 4, Luke gives a picture of what an abundant life looks like, sharing with others, not thinking what we have is our own!
Second Sunday of Easter. We look into what the resurrection of Jesus means for us today. Instead of living in fear, locked in our rooms of safety, Jesus calls/commands us to live lives of faithfulness and spreading the Good News! We asked the popular question "What Would Jesus Do?" but we also asked the more present question, "What is Jesus Doing?" God is at work in the world in many different ways and most fully through God's people, the Church!
Matthew 28:1-10. In Matthew's Gospel of the empty tomb, Mary and Mary went to go see. They went to check it out and to see if they heard Jesus correctly from previous encounters. They didn't bring spices to anoint a dead body. They went to experience their risen Lord! May we all hear the words of the Jesus and respond with action and worship! And may we not only experience this ourselves but GO and tell others! May we go to our neighbors and friends and say, "Come and See!" Let's make disciples!
Saul, who became Paul, had a dramatic encounter with Jesus and spent the rest of his life on a mission to tell others about the Risen Lord! Who is God calling you to witness to? Just one person that needs to experience the transforming work of God that only you can speak to?
First in a new sermon series on what Jesus says about money and wealth.