Sunday, September 23, “Go to the Back of the Line”
Week #2: The Marks of a Follower
The second mark of a follower is one who is willing to be last. It’s a servant position; one that takes the more vulnerable of society and loves them in the name of Jesus. While the disciples fight about who’s #1, Jesus tells them the best place to be is the back of the line.
Continuing the discourse from last week, Jesus issues a warning for disciples who abuse the responsibility to care for the least of these. These words are about how followers choose to treat those who do not think like believers/behave exactly like we wish they would, and yet use the name of Jesus just like us. Jesus tells his disciples not to let personal sin get in the way of others’ becoming disciples. Treat it seriously (“cut off” the sinful part). We need to stay salty – not lose our taste/effectiveness. Then we’ll be at peace with everyone. A special rededication of our refurbished handbells will take place as well.
Sunday, September 16, “Take Up Your Cross”
Week #1: The Marks of a Follower
We begin a three-week series titled The Marks of a Follower. Today, Peter, though well-meaning, wants to save Jesus from his upcoming suffering, which ultimately is a selfish act on his part. This super-disciple just moments earlier recognizes Jesus for who he truly is, but then puts himself first when he hears that Jesus must suffer. Jesus then teaches about the first mark of a true follower: one who will take up their cross and give their life away for others (and themselves).
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