Today the Wolfes hosted, Justin read the story, and Simeon preached the sermon.
Today we read about the Israelite people fighting in a war with the Philistines. The Philistine army captured the Ark of the Covenant. Eli died at ninety-eight upon hearing this news. The Philistines put the Ark of the Covenant in their temple by their god. When they came back, the statue of their god had fallen over and was bowing to the Ark. This happened multiple times and more people got sick and rats infested the city. Then they returned the Ark to Israel with a cart and two cows.
“Jesus Creed” by Scot McKnight
What does the Kingdom of God look like?
One chapter in Jesus Creed is entitled A Society of Justice.
What does justice mean? What do you think of when you hear the word justice?
- a court
- Rough justice
- People getting what is coming to them
Two words in the Old Testament, mishpat and tsedeq mean justice, fairness, or righteousness.
In the Bible, justice is God’s will being done on Earth as is in Heaven.
Stephanie then read Luke 4:16-21 which is about Jesus’ Inaugural Address as some people call it.
April read Luke 19:1-10, the story of Zaccheus. What does that story mean to you?
And Amanda read Luke 10:25-37, the story of the Good Samaritan. What do you notice about that story?
- Important people ignore the wounded man
- Samaritans were considered outcasts, yet he helped the wounded man.
Jesus wants us to see those opportunities and take them. Do them!
The Jesus Society is the Society of Joy!
It’s interesting that so much of what we, as humans and sinners want, don’t actually make us happy when we get it.
Simeon recommends a book, “Surprised by Joy” by C. S. Lewis
John 2 – Simeon read us one last story and then we closed with the Lord’s Prayer.
Have a great Sunday! 🙂