056 – The Church Will Be

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Acts 1 serves as a sort of “table of contents” for the rest of Acts. It tells us who the Church ought to be and provides themes for the rest of Acts. Here we will discuss the importance of being a unique, honest, redemptive, and committed community.

Acts 1:12-26

Luke 22:32

Luke 22:54-62

Galatians 3:28

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

How about that? was good, right?

Let’s hear it for the worship team. They put a lot of work into. into that. So that was that was great. And I was I was talking to Daniel that were, we were going to need some kind of upbeat and encouraging, powerful opening for worship giving the text we’ve asked today. So last week, we started our series of the book of Acts. And the response was incredible from you guys. And it was a very was a very good Sunday. Someone came up to me after after the service and said, Man, that was really good. The service was really good, great sermon. I can’t wait for next week. And so did you read the text next week? And they go, No, no, no, no. Let me just read you one verse. And opened up to x 118. And now this man acquired a filled with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong and burst open in the middle and all of his vows gushed out. And I looked up at him. And here’s what I said, See you next week. This is going to be an interesting text to walk through. We are in that weird space and x one, if you joined us last week, or you’re just joining us this week, we’re journeying through the book of Acts, we were taking a very closely very seriously, and we’re going to be in here for a while. So I hope you’re as excited as I am about the series. And it’s it’s just going to be a powerful, powerful time together in the scriptures. And so if you have your Bibles go to Acts one, we started at one yes, last Sunday, and we’re going to continue on, shut out this week. If you have the Bibles on your table, it’s on page 1114. You are so welcome. We’re going to read Acts 112 to 26 here in just a second. Because to kind of frame what we’re going to be talking about. There is a New York Times author, his name is David Brooks, and he wrote a book called The second mountain. And he’s recently he’s recently become a follower of Jesus, it’s been a long process for him to come to start following Jesus. But he it’s a very, very good book. And he comes he basically comes to know Jesus after the book was published. And in his book, you can kind of feel him getting close to Jesus and trying to make sense of who Jesus is. And he is profound when you read them you like, man, how are you not already a Christian? And so he has a chapter as two chapters on community in in this book towards the tail and the importance of it, and how can you unit is formed and how they were built. And David Brooks, before we get into the Scripture, I wanted to read this because this really helps us with x. He says, He says, a community is in part, a group of people organized around a common story, then there is a common project. communities don’t come together for the sake of community, they come together to build something.

This is the story of x is God building something through his people. And how we ought to get on board with that if we are followers of Jesus having spirit is empowered the church to do so we have a common story. And we are building something together through the power of the Holy Spirit, universally and locally. And so as we walk through acts, I want you to think not just about how this applies to my personal life this week as I do this, but how does this apply to your role in the church as we move through some of this because this is God’s people together building something. And so let’s go ahead and read Acts one we’re going to pick up in verse 12. And we’re going to read through 26. It says then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount Carmel event which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day journey away. And when they had enter, they went up to the upper room where they were staying Peter and john and James and Andrew, Philip Thomas Bartholomew and Matthew James of Orpheus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas, the son of James, all these were with one accord devoting themselves to prayer together with the women, and the Mary, the mother of Jesus and his brothers. In those days, Peter stood up among the brothers, the company of the person was about 120, and said, brothers Now the word right there, it’s actually brothers and sisters as the idea he’s talking to the entire people present. He’s not just turning to a group of men saying, Hey, guys, listen up. He’s saying, Everyone, listen up, brothers and sisters, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus, for he was numbered among us, and was allotted his share in this ministry. And now Luke, Luke wants to insert something he’s saying, just so you know, for the original reader, this is not part of Peters speech. He says, Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all of his bowels gushed out. And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem so that the film was called in their own language, Adama, which is the field of blood. And now Peter resumes a speech, for it is written in the book of songs, make us camp become desolate, and there’ll be no one to dwell in it, and let another take his office. So one of the men who have accompanied us during the all the time, the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of john until the day and when she was taken from us, one of these men must become a witness to His resurrection. And they put forward to Joseph, it’s called Marsalis, who was also called justice, and Matthias, and they prayed and said, You Lord, know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place of the ministry and apostle ship from which Judas turned aside to go his own place, and they cast lots for them, and a lot fell on the thighs. And he was number with the 11 apostles.

Let’s pray. Father, we thank you for your word. As we gather around it, God help us be formed by scripture. Help us be in line and in tune with your Holy Spirit

this morning.

Help us not read Scripture, but allow scripture to read us. God, we thank you for your presence, we thank you for your word in Jesus name.

Amen.

A lot of people take this text, and they skip all the way down to the last part and talk about how to make decisions in life. That’s completely misses the point and there’s some wisdom in there. But that’s not the point of the text. The point of the text is this awkward space where an ax to we where we want to get to we’re so excited about x two, because the pouring out the power of the Spirit. But there’s this awkward space in the middle. We don’t we don’t really know what to do with. In fact, a lot of people who teach the book of Acts they just begin with acts to what do we do in this weird space. And last week, we ended by talking about the pause that comes before power, when we have to position ourselves and situate ourselves in such a way and situate ourselves in a context that allows the Holy Spirit to speak and move into our lives. And that’s what they’re doing. They’re united together in prayer, united together, making the practical decisions that they know how to make situated themselves for the coming of God’s presence. And so last week, we opened up with x one and x one, we have to keep in mind as a table of contents, it’s telling us what the entire rest of x is going to be looking at. So we’re highlighting themes last week, and this week that we’re going to dive deeper into as we go throughout the book of Acts. And last week, we talked about how the church will be Christ centered, the church will be spirit empowered, and the church will be missionary minded. That was x that was actually the first 11 verses. That’s what we’re told. And so we’re going to continue on that the church will be blank. And so we’re going to fill in some of those blanks today, we’re going to keep going with this because we’re still in the table of contents, getting ready for the coming of the presence of God in the text. Now the beautiful part is, is as we look back, we have the Holy Spirit, we have the empowerment of the spirit with us. He’s here now speaking to our hearts. And so what they waited on, we don’t have to wait on he is available for us. So this week, we’re going to talk about the church, and that the church will be a unique community, and how the church will be a you an honest community, and how the church will be an enduring community and a redemptive community. If you didn’t take that down on your notes, don’t worry, we’ll come back to those one by one. And so let’s begin walking through this text. And talk about how x teaches us that the church will be a unique

community,

how we pick that up, we started in verse 12, which is almost you could say, a genealogy of the church, the origin, the birth of the church. You see, Luke began his first book, The Gospel of Luke by giving the genealogy of Jesus and now we’re getting the genealogy of his people. How did we form? How do we start who was present who was not present? And so what we see is this radically unique community coming together. And there’s two points here that are important for us to grasp as a church is that this church has uniqueness comes in its diversity, and its unity. You see, when we look at the genealogy of the church and includes the disciples, were immediately supposed to think well, what are those guys doing together? he lists the disciples names on purpose, because in the disciples themselves, there’s people together that shouldn’t culturally be together. You look at so you have to you have a handful of fishermen, Simon, Peter, we have Simon James and john, these middle class fishermen, just trying to make a wage trying to earn a living. And then you have a tax collector who would rob them and extort them, and then give money to Rome and then take it for themselves. But not only that, you had the Zealot, Simon, the Zealot, now zealous, these guys were militarily minded, they wanted to physically overthrow and destroy Rome. And so now you have a tax collector who was a traitor standing with Rome. And then you have a zealot. And the middle class fishermen who are caught, caught in the mess between both the wealthy and the poor. And everybody’s trying to figure out how to do this. Does that sound familiar? By the way, people don’t change, cultures change, but our hearts are remain the same. There’s still those three divisions, very much. So

all these people trying to come together.

There’s a radical sense of diversity already just among them. But when Peter stands up, he says something that is unique. He stands up and he says brothers, and again, this word actually says brothers and sisters, this is something that’s quite remarkable, because you have all of these people together gather together from diverse cultures from diverse socio economic spectrum. But here’s the thing. Women were actually present in the primary meeting where scripture was being discussed. This did not happen in the Jewish customs at the time, in fact, the temple system, women could only go so far in. He’s saying brothers and sisters. And then it goes to tell the scriptures everybody’s getting to participate in this mission of God. This is radically diverse and unique. How do we do this? What’s happening here, and Luke makes a point to let you know, there’s 120 people gathered here, men and women, the Jewish custom to start a synagogue, it required 120 men to start a synagogue, to start an official synagogue. And so what Luke is saying here is we have 100 20. Let’s start a new community. But not just 120 men,

120 men and women from via from diverse backgrounds.

The cultural, social barriers, social barriers have been busted with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Everyone has equal access to the gospel of Jesus Christ. And so we have this, we have this diverse community. And the idea behind brothers and sisters, notice this is a family term. This is a family term. So what the church is ought to be as a diverse community is the family of God, what do you have in the have family? You’ve got mess? Right? You’ve gotten mess. But you also should have hopefully an irrevocable sense of love and commitment.

Would it be the family of God? When people step into the place? Do they feel like they are welcomed wherever they are? We treat them as family.

So we have the diversity of this community.

What is interesting about our area is that it is socio economically diverse, very much. So we have people coming from all sorts of backgrounds when it comes to when it comes to their work situation or home situation. And one of things I love about the table is that we have a diverse group of people. We have a really rich mix of people who are multi generational community, if you look at a lot of church plants, they usually start off with a bunch of older people, or a bunch of younger people.

Look around the room.

We have a hot mix of both.

This is how it’s supposed to be.

We are a multi generational now. We’re multi generational community for sure. Absolutely. And so I’m proud of that diversity. And as people come in from various backgrounds, from various places, I pray that we welcome them and they say, this feels like home, wherever they come from. One of the one of the most interesting things about bothers me about the church, and this is really in the south and still exist somewhat in the north actually still exist a lot of North is this idea of racial superiority, racial superiority, and people go, Oh, no, he’s getting off on the social. Now, this is a gospel issue. If we don’t like diversity, we’re not going to like heaven. Because guess what it says you’re going after the nation’s folks, the nation’s

I’ve seen churches

not deal with this issue of racial tension. And again, Montana’s it’s not radically diverse, like you find in a multicultural city. But we’ve got to be a welcoming community. We have to be. And you know, what’s interesting, is this diversity, it causes problems all throughout the book of Acts. But one of the things we can do before we move on is they were united, and they were united in their diversity. It wasn’t like, oh, our distinctions don’t matter was no, we are all different. But we are united on the gospel of Jesus Christ. In fact, listen to this church, his story, and his name is Michael green. Michael green says this, the gospel is good news for all simply and solely because all men stand in need of black and white slave and free Jew or Greek, educated and barbarian all of these divisions of antiquity are smashed by this totally new thing, the gospel of Christ, you could not find it anywhere else. It was intensely beautiful, profoundly threatening, and utterly

unique.

This is the Jesus the table follows.

Now what invite you into that?

utterly unique? In fact, Paul says that even better in relations, in relations, three, Paul says this. He says there is therefore no, no, no Jew, Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female for you are all one in Christ. He’s not saying there’s no distinction. He’s saying what is divided you

is no longer there.

One in Christ, one in Christ. But again, when you have diversity in unity, and we’re trying to figure these things out, there’s messiness. And so this moves to the second point is that x teaches us that the church will be an honest community, an honest community, well, how do we get that out of the text? When we read the story of Judas, it says something interesting, the scripture had to be fulfilled with the Holy Spirit, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand of through the mouth of David, concerning Judas, and it goes on to talk about what happened with Judas. And it’s important to know that they’re trying to fill the space, the 12, Jesus called in the gospels, 12. And he basically said, you guys are going to be my representatives to the nation’s so if you if you reverse, you go back and look at Israel in the Old Testament, how many tribes that they have 12 tribes and never to represent not say, represent the nation’s, but they fail to do that. And what we learned in Acts one last week is that the church is the expansion. It’s not the reading of Israel, it’s the expansion of Israel, and that the true Israel is not just a nation, it’s a spiritual people that belong to God, a treasured possession for God that expands. And so what happens is he’s saying, You are my 12 representative. So the number 12 is actually very significant. And so they need to fill this spot, because that’s what Jesus told them to do. Jesus said, you’re going to need to do this. And what we need to understand as well, is that these offices are not repeatable. The apostles like this don’t exist anymore. How do we know that? Well, because they replace they replace Judas, but James dies in a couple of chapters, and they don’t replace him. This is called the systolic office, we do believe at the table that there is something called the Apostolic gift. But gift is different than office. Those are two different things. And so I would just put that before you let you know what kind of what what that means. But anyway, they’re seeking to fill this space. And they’ve had a discussion, corruption in their community. It wasn’t Judas, his death, it was his intentional detachment

from the community that went wrong.

This text is not about Jesus’s death. And that’s an insertion to remind the reader. But we stopped to deal with a little bit. You see, we know from john 12, six, that Judas loved money, that he had a deep, profound love for money. And we also learn as the Gospels continued, that he doesn’t that Jesus does not meet his expectations of who a messiah should be. He has this wickedness in his heart that he wants to use Jesus to advance his own agenda, and it gets the best of him. His selfishness isolated him from a community, you betrayed Jesus. And it says the scriptures had to be fulfilled, that this was going to happen. This wasn’t a surprise to God. This is a prophecy spoken long ago. And now some people would say that this prophecy meant Judas had to do it. And so the interesting thing about this is that when we look at scripture, we see that Satan allowed or Judas allowed Satan to influence them. Judas is the one that stole out of the money back. Judas made these decisions, but it doesn’t surprise God. And so in fact, john Calvin, who actually has a very strong opinion about the some things that are ordained or not ordained, when we look at the Scripture, someone say, God has ordained this to happen. Even john Calvin stop short of saying, God did this, God made you to do this. Listen to what john Calvin says, on this. JOHN Calvin says, Judas may not be excused on the grounds that what be felt him was prophesied, since he fell away, not through the compulsion of the prophecy, but through the wickedness of his own heart.

None of this surprised God.

And Judas is fully responsible, and yet God is fully sovereign.

So what does it mean about being an honest community? Well,

if you’re seeking to convince people that Jesus is worth following, which Luke is doing, he told us this in both books, that he is for providing convincing proofs to them to documenting what happened with Jesus. If you’re doing that, if you’re trying to convince somebody that Jesus responded, everything that you got, and that he is the best, he is God and flesh. Why would you insert at the very beginning of your profound story, a stain on the church? A weak moment in the life of the church before she’s even formed? Why would you give the ugly? Why don’t you just get the good and the bad? Or why don’t you just want you to get the good, the bad? Why start with an event like this? And why why would we and three chapters or four chapters later, we’re going to see a couple who live the Holy Spirit, but how much they gave and they dropped dead.

And that’s going to be a we’re going to do

a giving campaign on that day,

by the way. So

I’m totally joking. If this is your first time. I’m totally kidding.

That would be funny, though, right?

Why would that be in? Why would we show that ugliness? Why would we show later in Acts chapter 10 Peters sense of racial superiority, and that he doesn’t have a desire to share the gospel with outsiders? Why show these ugly things about the church? Because it’s

honest.

It’s honest.

In fact, there’s a book called originals written by Adam Grant. And this is something that sociologists have only recently really picked up on that the honesty and integrity actually really does sell when you set when you when you give your weaknesses, it really means something to people. So there’s a guy you may know you may know of him and you may know the story. His name is Rufus Griscom. And he started the company called Babel. com. Has anybody ever heard of Babel com? So many, so he started babble. And so he started in 2009. It’s a blog and communication site. He started in 2009, in the midst of a recession, and he was pitching his idea to a group of people, wealthy people looking for investors, this is

during the recession.

What he did is he start off by saying five reasons you should not invest in my company. And he started with all the weaknesses.

All of the weaknesses,

ended up getting $3.3 million of investments to get that thing going. Not only that, three years later, he’s ready to sell this company. And he’s like, I want to sell it to Disney. So he goes to Disney. And he starts he tells them why they shouldn’t invest. The problems they’ve had over the last three years, the economic downfall. He was he was being honest, he wasn’t being facetious. He was being honest. This is why you probably shouldn’t. But I think if you did something good would happen. You walked away with $40 million

out of SL they bought it.

And this is called the Sarah Well, this is what Adam Grant calls the Sarah effect named after a sociologist. And basically what this does is when you start with a weakness, and when you begin with weakness and honesty, he says a couple of things happen, we’re just gonna hit three of them there. It disarms the audience, the already skeptical audience, it disarms them, and lets them know, it’s okay to be not okay. It’s okay for your for the thing not to be the best, the pristine thing that we can imagine, it also shows that you’ve intelligently thought through the product. That’s the second thing. The third thing is that makes you trustworthy. When you start with the weakness,

people can easily more easily grab on to that.

And I think that’s what Luke is doing years before this idea theory came out

is he said, if we’re going to tell the story of

the church, we’re gonna tell the good, the bad and the ugly, and we’re going to be honest about it. We’re going to be honest about the messiness of the church. And this is one thing, a lot of churches in our culture, they really hide behind an image. You don’t ever hear a message in churches, and when people walk into churches, guess what, that’s why they feel like they have to be perfect when they go to church, because the church is not creating a context for people to be messy.

We hide behind our imperfections,

because we don’t feel free

in the church to talk about our imperfections.

This is frustrating. Look how messy the early church was.

And so if we’re going to hold up x and say, Man, we want to be a church that embodies the ethics

and the and the principles of x.

Are you okay with mass?

Are you okay with being honest about where you are?

people gravitate towards other people’s weaknesses. In fact, CS Lewis, he said this in his book The four loves, he said that friendship, true friendship begins the moment when you can look across the table at somebody and say, You too,

you to

honesty, Authenticity, vulnerability and accountability builds lasting communities. And that’s what I think Luke is doing here. He wants us to know that it’s okay to be weak. In fact, Paul says it too. And second Corinthians 12, nine and 10. And this is one that most people know by heart, he says, but he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, my power is made perfect in weakness say that as a church weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly it of my weakness so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then I’m content with insults, hardships, persecutions, calamities for when I am weak, then I am strong, then the strength does not come before the admission of weakness.

at the table, you are free to be messy.

That’s my prayer. And I hope that we can facilitate such a space where you can wrestle with your junk in the content community, be challenged and held accountable and move in the way of Jesus. So why can the church Be honest about weakness? Because here’s the thing, culture says Be authentic, but not accountable. And a lot of times churches say be accountable, but not authentic. How do we how do we navigate this? Well, we can be honest about our weaknesses, because that’s where God shows up number one, but to

it leads to a redemptive community,

which is our third point. x teaches us that the church will be a redemptive community. Well, how do I know this? Where do we get this from the text?

who is seeking

this speech?

Peter,

him and Judas both betrayed Jesus in different ways.

But Peter is the mark of redemption, of reconciliation

of hope,

knowing that Jesus went after him, even though he betrayed him. In fact, I want to read that little section four, if you have your Bibles, go to Luke. Go to Luke chapter 22. And we’re going to read Luke 2224, through 62. I want you to listen to the narrative of

a theater Oh, it’s gonna be up there.

It says, and this is Jesus. Then they seized him and let him away bringing him into the high priest house, and Peter was following at a distance. And when they kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard,

and sat down

together, what does it say? Peter

sat down among them. That’s important. highlight that in your mind. Then a servant girl, seeing him as, as he sat in the light, and looking closely at him, said, This man also was with him in being Jesus, but he denied in saying, woman, I do not know him. A little later, someone else saw him and said, you were you were also one of them. But Peter said, Man, I am not. And after an interval of about an hour, still another insisted, certainly, this man was also with them for you to once again lilium. But Peter said, Man, I do not know what you were talking about. And immediately while the crowd was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter, and Peter, remember the saying of how the Lord said to him, before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times and he went out and wept

bitterly.

Peter sat down,

he sat down and denied Jesus. But what does redemption do? What does it say? In those days, Peter stood up. Peter sat down in his denial, but he stood in grace.

We are to be a redemptive community.

Not only that, he stands on the solid ground of faith, because Jesus has brought him back. And this is the definition of grace is Jesus bringing us back and Peter was reconciled and committed to tracking down and gathering this community before God before. Before this all happened, Jesus, this is going to happen. But here’s the deal when our recover you this is what he says in Luke 22, verse 32, he says to Peter, but I pray for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned against strengthen your brothers, that’s what Peter does. So the fact that Peter is even speaking right now shows that the church will be a redemptive community are those who have wandered, and those who are coming back, we will always be a redemptive community, seeing people through the lens of Jesus’s redemptive plan and redemptive potential, we look at people as who God wants them to be, not necessarily who they are. And this should instill in us a profound empathy and love for the lost for those who are far from God, family, friends, whoever it is, no matter how far away from God they are, Jesus wants them back.

A redemptive community.

Christ is creating a redemptive community where people like Peter can be restored.

And this leads us to the last thing,

Ax T is this, that the church will be a committed community.

commitment is not something that we value in our culture today.

It’s something that we take lightly.

We’re the era

of free trials.

Sign up for your 14 day free trial. And if you don’t want to cancel, what do we do day 13? We cancel right? Don’t look at me like that. You do it too. I saw that.

You do it to sinners.

How do we know we’re going to be a committed community?

So all you have to do is look at the Matthias

look at Matthias look at listen to look at the Look at him. We know nothing about this guy.

Nothing.

But he meets the qualification for the Apostolic office. Why?

Because he was with Jesus from the beginning

to the end. If we know nothing about Matthias, it’s enough to know that he’s stuck with Jesus. That he stuck with Jesus, he was committed to Jesus. In fact, tradition tells us that he went on to be a missionary to Ethiopia,

think about this being a missionary when no mission models exist,

no way of doing it exists, you just go.

We don’t know that really happened. But we think that might have happened. But the only thing that text teaches us about Matthias is that he

would be a witness to

the resurrection. And what is a witness the resurrection do? It makes it about Jesus, not about himself. Judas made it about himself and not about Jesus, Matthias that I’m gonna make it about Jesus, not about myself. And so when people ask, why are you different? Why don’t we do this? Or why do you do

this? And when

they asked for a reason for your faith, we are able to respond, has a Jesus?

Couple more couple years ago, Christina, we’re at Chili’s.

Do you guys know what? Okay, all right.

God bless that I wish he was here. Okay, so

we have a revival here right now for the pace show.

Goodness gracious.

The, we’re actually having a great time. Kids are laughing. Me and Chrissy are cutting up we’re enjoying the case. So we’re just having a really good family moment. It was just a wonderful moment. And we were just having a great time. And our waitress asked, or she said, You guys just seem really, really happy. Like

what, what’s the deal just seemed joyful.

And I just, here’s what I said.

We just like to be good people.

Were we’re just we tried to be good people.

I got in the car. And it was like, I just robbed god of a moment to tell someone about the joy that comes in Jesus.

Because that’s what it really was. It was the joy of Jesus.

But I had a Judas moment where I robbed god of His glory, and made it about us and false humility. That’s it was false humility is the worst kind of pride.

that stuck with me ever since. And now I tried to take advantage of those opportunities. But I still miss it every now and then. But the idea is that when we are witness to the resurrection, when people ask, our heart should be to point them to Jesus, not ourselves. And that’s what implies that that’s the only thing we know about him. But it tells us that the church will be a committed followers of Jesus.

There’s also a lesson in there

about obscurity. And being okay with not being upfront, being okay with not being seen, being okay with not being heard, as we look at Matthias, which is simply being faithful.

So how do we respond?

Just a couple of questions. Am I welcoming and receptive to those who act look and think differently than I am? Or the way that I do? Am I honest about where I am with my walk in Jesus, the good, the bad, and the messy? Am I joining God and helping others see how that they are redeemed and made a hole in Christ? And the invitation is to examine our hearts to see if what if we care about what the church will be as much as Jesus does. If you have wandered away from Christ and his community, we see here that God wants you back.

And so we’re kind of in where we began.

We are building a unique community and honest community, a redemptive community and a committed community all on the foundation of the gospel. And what is the gospel? Here it is, it is the redemptive story of God.

It’s God’s invitation for us to step

into his story. Because without him, we’re writing our own stories, and they will always end up like tragedies. He’s inviting us into His story is inviting us to put down the pin. And to find our significance or satisfaction, our meaning or purpose, our wholeness in him.

And the foundation of the Church says there’s no

one else that can provide what he does.

And if you want to respond to that,

if you’re in a space where you’ve walked away from God,

or space where you’ve never responded to God, the only thing you do is simply respond and say, yes.

Forgive me, I’ll follow you.

Is there waiting for you? Is there ready for you. And if that’s something that you’re interested, if you’re if that’s something that you’re feeling on your heart, you’re not comfortable with sharing that around your table, use that card on the table in the back, write your name on it and say, I gave my life to Jesus today, or I returned to Jesus today. And I’m going to take you out to coffee, and we’ll talk but let us know how you’re running responding to the gospel. Amen. Let’s pray.

Father, we thank you for your word.

As we have a few moments of conversations be with us. Help us have conversations that please you that honor you and Holy Spirit. Breathe life at the tables. Lord, we ask for we ask for a reorientation and what matters most to you. We thank you for the beauty of the church and who she is called to be help us be faithful. In Jesus name. Amen. Amen. If you guys are not at a full table filling up and then just have a few months of conversation will take communion here in just a second.

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