Today the Franklin’s hosted church, Simeon read the story, and Justin preached.
Jesus went to find John who was preaching nearby. John was baptizing many, many people. They wondered who John was. John denied being both Elijah or the Messiah. Jesus and John met (most likely for the first time) and John baptized Jesus. Then the Heavens opened up and God to spoke to the people. “This is My Son in Whom I am well pleased.”
We started with Acts 2 and Justin wanted to talk about conversion. Justin read Acts 2:1-47
What does it mean to surrender? What prompts surrender in a town or in person?
- Knowing you’re beaten
We read Acts 16, the story of a jailer being converted and then talked about the Roman Empire.
Josh Acts 17:22-34
If you surrender to someone, what does that mean?
- What happens next is not up to you
- You gave up
- You’re recognizing the victory or superiority or the other party.
We gain way more than we lose when we surrender to God.
Justin then read Luke 9:57-62 and we closed with the Lord’s Prayer.
Hello! Today the Wolfe’s hosted church, Justin read the story, and Simeon preached the sermon.
First we read about Hannah giving her son, Samuel to God so Samuel could do work for Him.
Simeon continued preaching from The Jesus Creed by Scot McKnight and talked about some of the characters in the Gospel story.
First We talked about John the Baptist first – what do people know about John?
- He’s Jesus’ cousin
- A prophet (the first in a long time)
- An odd character — he ate crickets and wore camel hair
- He baptizes people
- He also baptized Jesus
Tracy then read Matthew 3 out loud and we talked about why God has prophets. The Prophets declare God’s will to the people and frequently warn them and call them to repent. What is John the Baptists message?
- That things are about to change
- Repent — he is the prophet of repentance
- Which means people should change their ways
Then we talked about Jesus’ disciple, Peter. What do people know about Peter? Before Jesus’ resurrection Peter is great but flawed:
- When Jesus was betrayed, Peter cut off the ear of a soldier
- But then he betrayed Jesus at the trial
- Peter walked on water, but took his eyes off Jesus and fell
- His name was Simon, but Jesus named him Peter when he confessed Jesus – but right after that he rebuked Jesus
- His character seems kind of impulsive
We read some passages about Peter
- Mary read Luke 5:1-11
- April read Matthew 16:13-20
- Jude read John 21:3-19
- Eliza and I split reading Acts 2:1-24
We had a discussion after all those readings – Peter’s conversion process is a long one of growth by being with Jesus. McKnight says that we can also be shaped by the stories of the Gospel.