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I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.
What's better than seeing God answer prayers?
When we think of Jesus praying, the first thing that comes to many of our minds is “the Lord’s Prayer”. And rightly so... it’s the prayer He used to model what prayer looks like. But there was so much more to Jesus’ prayer life.
Woven through the records of Jesus’ ministry are the prayers He spoke throughout His days as He journeyed to the cross.
What were they?
Why did He pray the way He did?
And maybe the better question... how did God answer Jesus’ prayers?
The answer is simple, yet profound… God answered Jesus' prayers through US, his church.
So what's better than seeing God answer prayers? ...BEING God’s answer to prayers!
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.
SIMPLY PUT… YOU HAVE BEEN SENT.
It’s easy to think we’re under qualified, incapable, or just too overly busy to have a significant or effective purpose in God’s plan.
It isn’t true.
Just like God sent Jesus into the world, Jesus sends you.
He sends us with full provision, in total reliance, for real purpose, as His servants.
BULLETPROOF AND PERFECT
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BLUE COllar Jesus
We are sometimes tempted to picture Jesus as a man disinterested in the details of our lives, distant from the realities of our circumstances, and disengaged from the pain in our world.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
He's not the daddy’s boy we sometimes imagine Him to be, asleep in the corner office on easy street, living off His inheritance, and apathetic to the goings on around Him.
Rather, Jesus is hard at work, both in our lives and in this world. He rolls up His sleeves and gets His hands dirty as He changes our hearts, redeems our lives, and builds His kingdom.
Join in as we travel through the action-packed Gospel of Mark, where we learn of Jesus who is actively at work in our hearts, our lives and in the world, making His kingdom come.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Jn 1:1-5
We were far, AND GOD CAME NEAR.
His presence made tangible, His person made understandable, His position proved irreplaceable, His power declared undeniable… all through Jesus.
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”
It can be easy to add extra steps to the Gospel.
The problem in doing so is that it’s actually a claim that the cross isn’t fully sufficient: that Jesus’ sacrifice isn’t enough…and I have to do something more to fully embrace the Gospel.
When we attempt to separate how we received our saving grace through Jesus’ finished work from how we live our lives, we end up just trying to survive.
But Jesus has a better way - a finished way - a completed way - that allows us to THRIVE.
“For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
"Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John." Matthew 3:13
Baptism is the outward and public announcement of an inward commitment to go forward with Christ. It creates a memory- taking place on a specific day, in a specific year, at a specific place, under specific circumstances. Water baptism is an event that strengthens faith and gives direction to life.
"Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, 'What are you seeking?’” John 1:38a
This morning a man committed an entire chapter of Romans to memory and journaled about how it applies to real life; a woman woke up at 4am and spent 3 hours in prayer and solitude encountering God; and a preacher served breakfast to poor people on the corner of main street…
SO... WHO’S THE BETTER DISCIPLE?
If not intentionally, then often subconsciously; our passions, personalities, and pasts incline us to favor one of these pictures of discipleship while de-emphasizing the others. We easily develop unsustainable patterns that, in the end, stunt growth, sever relationships, and cripple direction.
But Jesus has a better plan; a RHYTHM OF DISCIPLE-MAKING that develops, in us: deep roots that sustain, wise faith that perseveres, and compassionate hearts that work.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the convition of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1
What would you do if fear wasn’t stopping you?
Fear is a powerful thing. It can paralyze us. At times it can be overpowering. So how do we learn to walk by faith rather than live in fear?
Through the testimonies of the past, Christ points us towards His truth in the present, bringing us trust for the future.
The Book of Colossians is about LIFE – real and radical life…true and transformed, abundant and authentic, deep and desirable, soul-satisfying and peace-producing LIFE! In it, we see a God-sized vision for that we at RbC seek to emulate every day: real people experiencing real life in the real world.
Over 12 weeks we will journey through the book of Colossians. We will learn about the small group of Christian believers living in the city of Colossae, and how that small city learned BIG truths about the connection between Jesus and LIFE. Like the Colossians, may our prayer and passion be that Jesus Christ occupy the central place in our lives. And, may we create opportunities wherever we live or work or play for our friends, family, neighbors and associates to see, hear, and respond to the Gospel, so that in our circles of influence many others may come to experience real LIFE in Jesus Christ.
The Collection of us Transformed by the Complete Work of Him
At work, at school and at play, we find ourselves surrounded by different collections of people. But what about those folks who sit behind us on Sunday morning, or are in our small group, or serve in kids church with us…how do we relate to those folks? Moreover, how do we live, forgive and serve alongside the diverse collection of people that make up the parts of the body of Christ?
Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. -Acts 14:23
These are exciting times at Rockbridge Church! As we begin 2018, we take the next step in our journey as a church body by beginning the local elder appointment process. Celebrate with us over the next few weeks as we look at who an elder is and what an elder does.