First steps, goldfish and standing invitations - lessons from a one year old about baptism.
Summary: When parents bring their infants to receive a blessing from Jesus, his disciples try to keep them away from Jesus. Jesus takes it a different direction, inviting the children to come to him while reminding us that everyone matters to Jesus. Seizing on the opportunity to make a point, Jesus asks whether we will trust him with our helplessness the way that a baby trusts their parents? And since we're near the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, this story is a good place to talk about the orphan and the unborn.
- Whenever God speaks, we respond - either in obedience or disobedience. Doing nothing is disobedience.
- Obedience to God is built on repentance and faith - honesty about our sin and hope in Jesus' work on our behalf.
- The Holy Spirit fuses God's message to our life. How are you supposed to respond to what you heard this week?
- Who is helping you follow Jesus this week? Discipleship in isolation is a recipe for frustration.
A few ways we can help you as a church:
- If you're in a community group, take time to pray this week for the orphan and the unborn.
- There will be lots of news over the next ten days about abortion. Pay attention.
- Pick up a copy of Russell Moore's Adopted For Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches. Pay attention.
- Press into the needs that are immediately around you - in our church, in the city, in your neighborhood schools.
- Thank you for the big and small things that you're already doing. Everything matters.
- If you're not sure what to do next, email us (email@example.com) and we'll start a conversation.
Build What You Love. After the gathering, we had an all-church meeting to say 'thank you' for 2013 and to encourage all of us to 'build what we love.' And what we love is helping each other follow Jesus together as a family. Are you connected relationally? Where are you serving? Let's build something great together.