Last Sunday we celebrated our teachers! This weekend ends the month of August. It will also be Labor Day Weekend, which means some people will be traveling.
If you are in town, will you help us swell the ranks in worship? The sanctuary feels more welcoming when more people attend. We greet our guests better; we sing better. There is simply more energy, which strengthens everyone’s experience. And, when we are there, we are available for God to touch us and use us more effectively!
Matthew 16:21-28 takes us to a great turning point in the gospel narrative. It is the first mention of the “passion” by Jesus, i.e., where Jesus begins to talk about how he “must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering…” (v. 21).
“Passion” is used in theological terms to mean both strong feeling and great suffering, particularly in relation to our salvation through Christ. It is perplexing to the disciples, and often, to many of us.
This sermon will conclude the series on our membership and commitment vows. Explore “Passion” with us this week in worship and see what it has to do with all five of the previous commitments we have considered.
You could use this transition time from summer to fall as a time to re-commit to faithful membership in our church family. Many of us let other things take priority. But the more we give to our faith, the more we receive from it. It would be a blessing to you and a benefit to others - truly a win-win experience. I hope you will give your relationship with Christ through the church your best.