Happy Sunday everyone! A small gathering was hosted today by Amanda. Simeon read the Bible story and also preached the sermon through the book Jesus Creed
This week we continued reading about Jesus going with His family to Jerusalem for Passover and talking to the rabbis and priests. They were amazed at His knowledge!
Simeon also kept going through the book Jesus Creed by Scot McKnight.
Some things we talked about…
- The different approaches to reading and studying the Bible
- Different themes in the Gospels
- Recognizing that God is our Father and He loves us!
- How Jesus almost always refers to God as Father while praying
- We read through a few parables like the story of the Prodigal Son
- We discussed participating in the feast at the end of history – celebrating the Kingdom of God.
This week the Franklin’s hosted.
The story for the children was about Joseph, Mary, and Jesus traveling to Jerusalem for the Passover feast.
For the sermon we read through James 5 and the theme of the sermon was confessions.
We talked about…
- How confessions happen
- Which religions take part in them
- The rules of confession
Then Justin read a Lutheran confession and we had a silent moment of confession and prayer.
Lastly, we had an anointing service for Josh and his recent back pains. Get well Josh!
We are officially half way through the year. How crazy is that. 😛
This week Amanda hosted us.
Today we read the story about Joseph, Mary, and Baby Jesus fleeing to Egypt because Herod ordered all babies under two killed.
Not the most lovely story… 🙁
We are now done with studying Mark and switching over to a more topical sermon for a bit.
Simeon is using a book to base his sermons off of. The book is called “Jesus Creed” by Scot McKnight. (Goodreads)
We talked about…
- What the word ‘creed’ means
- Some religious habits of the Jews that Jesus would have practiced
- The similarities and differences between the Lord’s Prayer and the Kaddish
- We read over Mark 12:28-34 and talked about how to understand the “greatest command”
Hello, today the Wolfe’s hosted us.
Justin read the story of Sampson to the kids.
In the sermon, we studied Mark 16 — the last chapter of Mark
We talked about…
- The empty tomb and the fear among those who discovered it
- The message of the angel
- The reactions of Jesus’ friends to the resurrection
- Do we believe in this improbable event? Why do we believe? How are we affected?
Hello! Happy Father’s Day! 🙂
Today Amanda hosted church, Simeon read the story, and Justin preached.
The story was about the wise men following the star, meeting Herod, and visiting and worshiping Jesus.
Justin wanted to talk about God as our Father for Father’s day and read a few passages about that. Here are the ones we read…
- The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)
- Matthew 7:7-12
- Matthew 10:19-20
- Galatians 4:4-7
- 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
- Proverbs 3
- Malachi 2:10
- Psalm 68:5
Hello! Today church was at the Franklin’s, Simeon read the kids story and also preached the sermon.
The story – this week we read about Mary and Joseph taking newborn baby Jesus to the temple.
For the sermon we read Mark 15:15-47 (end of chapter)
Some things we talked about:
- The many ironies in the story: Jesus’ crown, title, and royal robe
- The meaning of crucifixion – torture, shame, spectacle.
- The cross changed form a symbol of death to life
Today church was hosted by the Wolfe’s.
Simeon read to the kids about the angels appearing to the shepherds and telling them to visit Baby Jesus.
In today’s sermon Justin read the story of the death of Polycarp, a 2nd century martyr. Then Eliza, Jude, and Tracy read Acts 5. We talked about the the attitude of the early Church in rejoicing in suffering for Christ.
Some things that were brought up in our discussion:
- Jesus says all the trials we face will be made up for in the Kingdom of Heaven.
- It should be a joy to serve Jesus and come to shame for Him.
Today services weres at the Franklin’s and Simeon preached the sermon.
For the children’s story we read about Mary and Joseph completing their journey to Bethlehem, and finding the inn full. The innkeeper offered them lodgings in his stables instead and baby Jesus was born in a stable and laid in a manger.
We picked back up in Mark for the sermon and Jude, Gideon, and Eliza took turns reading Mark 14:53-72 and Mark 15:31-15.
This passage covered the two trials of Jesus that Mark tells us about. We discussed
- Peter denies knowing Jesus three times before the rooster crows twice, just like Jesus predicted.
- Jesus is put on trial but he’s not really saying anything. We read from Isaiah 53 about the silent lamb..
- When the witnesses don’t agree with one another Jesus implicates himself – the time for secrecy about his identity is over.
- Pilate knows Jesus isn’t guilty and tries to release him – asking the crowd whether Jesus or Barabbas should be released. The crowd wants Barabbas freed.
At the end we talked about how the story is one of wrongdoing by the courts, the leaders, even the mob as an innocent man is condemned to death.. And yet despite all the corruption and failure Jesus turns out to be the most significant fact that is related… There is something encouraging in that for us today…
Thank you for reading! 🙂
Today we met at the Franklin’s and Justin preached the sermon.
We read two chapters from our Bible story book today for the kids – we’re still reading the story of Jesus’ birth and heard about Joseph’s dreams and the trip to Bethlehem.
For the sermon we read John 14:1-14 and Justin talked about descriptions a Church might put on a sign. What would it mean to be:
- Christ centered
- Full Gospel
- Bible Believing
We talked about the value in all of these descriptions and where we find our own center as a Church..
Hello! Today services were hosted at the Braley’s and Mark preached from 1 Thessalonians.
Simeon read the story to for the children – now we’re reading through the Gospel story and we read about the angel’s visits to Mary, Elizabeth, and Zechariah.
Amanda read the 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 and Mark talked about Paul’s pastoral advice:
- Christians back then were called Followers of The Way. They were people on a journey together..
- Paul’s advice to the people of Thessaloniki is not to stop. Keep going through the journey that God has for you. Being baptized isn’t the end of the journey but the beginning.
- God know’s what’s best for us and he is pleased when we talk to Him or try to please Him.
- You’re going to meet God someday and deal with your sins so you need to take them seriously.