21 For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me.
22 To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass:
23 that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles." - Acts 26:21-23
When Paul wanted to tell someone the message that had changed his life, he began with Christmas and ended with Resurrection Sunday. He connected both to light—Jesus the light of the world who came to give us light!
We have been busy around here this week getting ready for our Children's Christmas Play this Sunday night (5:30 pm)! We are so excited to see it all come together.
If your children are involved in the choir and the main cast here are a few reminders for this weekend:
Main Cast rehearsal: 3-6pm
Choir Members rehearsal: 4-6pm
(small snack provided)
Main Cast & Families: (Lunch provided) 12:30-1pm
Main Cast: rehearsal 1-3pm
Choir: arrive @4:30 pm
*dress code: Red and Black attire
All practices will be held in the main auditorium and a small snack will be provided. We will see you there!
As you make your plans for this Christmas season, we would love to encourage you to join us on Christmas Eve morning for a time of celebration and praise as we gather to give glory to God for the gift of Jesus!
Starting this Sunday Annie and I will be going through a book by Paul David Tripp called “Parenting, 14 Gospel Perspectives”. To be a part of the class you do not need to purchase the book, although I believe it would be a benefit to anyone attending. Annie and I will take 2 chapters a week and basically give the class a “cliff notes” version of each principle and talk about application. The class will start at 9:30 at our house, but may move back over to church if there are too many people in attendance. We will offer this 8 week class first in this winter trimester of ABF and then again in the Spring trimester of ABF.
16 I urge you, then, be imitators of me.
17 That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church.
18 Some are arrogant, as though I were not coming to you.
19 But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power.
20 For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power....
21 What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness? - 1 Corinthians 4:16-21
Paul understood that his job as an apostle to the church was first and foremost to imitate the power of Jesus. What was that power? Was it his authority or wisdom or the ability to preach? No! The kingdom of God that Paul was imitating and asking the believers to imitate was love in a spirit of gentleness. Christ who possessed all the power of the Godhead lived his life with gentleness even when he was preaching a tough message. Sometimes we are tasked with the difficult task of speaking truth to people who don’t want to hear, yet we must do it with gentleness. We must lead with love. We must preach with compassion. We must give with grace. These are the footsteps of Christ laid out before us to follow,
11 To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power,
12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. - 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
My prayer for our church body today and every day.