“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure that somebody hid in a field, which someone else found and covered up. Full of joy, the finder sold everything and bought that field.” Matthew 13:44
What is the cost of following Jesus? I get the impression that some people believe that they follow Christ because they go to church. Others even read their Bible frequently. Many people try to be honest and polite. And nearly every Christian I know wants to be comfortable. But does this truly reflect what Jesus asked of His disciples when He invited them to follow Him? The German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer once wrote, “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” On Sunday we’ll wrestle with the call to follow Jesus and what Jesus requires of us.
Blessings, Pastor Andy
Our reading this week for The Full Gospel Project is Mark chapters 5-6. As you read this week, consider the following:
1) Re-read the story at the beginning of Mark 5 from the perspective of the farmers. They likely lost a lot of money and status when Jesus entered their lives. Jesus tells us time and time again in scripture that following Him has a high cost to us personally. What are you willing to give up in order to have a relationship with Jesus?
2) In Mark 6:30-44 we read the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand people. Jesus promises to provide for us if we trust in Him. The disciples had a hard time doing that. Do you REALLY trust Jesus so easily, or do you have a tendency to be more pragmatic like the disciples?
By our Prayers…
Please remember the following people and situations in your prayers this week:
Marilyn Sherfield – undergoing treatments for incurable and inoperable lung cancer
Tina and Larry Melville – in rehab in Kansas City following a motorcycle accident
(To be included in this list, please reply to this email or fill out a prayer request card during the service on Sunday.)
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BOOKS for Kids – Mission Accomplished!
This year we will again be partnering with Heritage Elementary School to provide a scholastic book per month to each child in the Kindergarten class. Because of our church’s overwhelming generosity last year, we have decided to also include the first-grade classes this year. It is with immense gratitude that we celebrate that we have reached our goal of $2,200 for the year! Thank you for caring for the kids in our community.
Thank You Roland Winters
Roland Winters has retired as our coffee bar host. Roland faithfully brewed and served coffee at both the Faithbridge and Cornerstone churches for decades. Take an opportunity to thank Roland for his years of service next Sunday, September 22nd after church. We’ll hold a reception and you are invited to bring cards to express your appreciation.