The often overlooked genealogy of Jesus at the beginning of Matthew’s gospel includes five women. Why does Matthew break with tradition to include these women? Could it be that these women, like the men, offer vital clues about Jesus mission and the kinds of people Jesus came to restore to life? I think it is this, and more. Text: Matthew 1:1-17 (esp. v. 3, 5, 6b and 16)
Jesus commissioned his disciples to make disciples of all nations (Mt 28:19). This is no minor or insignificant task. It is the main thing. Measure 3 asks, ” Are “Sauls” becoming “Pauls”? The question requires that we sharpen our focus to be very deliberate and intentional about making disciples. Text: Acts 9:18-19; John 1:43-51
We all have within us a need to worship and a need to belong. These essential human needs find their truest expression in the structure and secure relationships of a Christ-centered home and in the community of a God-honoring, Christ-following, worshiping, and praising people. When worship shapes family life, and family life shapes worship we extend our reach for Christ. Text: Psalm 122
Because of God’s great love for us, we have been adopted into the family of God. As children of God, we invite others to come along with us on this journey with Jesus. All acts of hospitality are significant because they are done to Jesus. Text: Psalm 84; 1 John 3:1; 1 John 4:9,10,16,19-21; Acts 9:17-18; Matthew 25:40.