Every year in January we do a “refresh” series to remind us of our values and our hopes and who we said we wanted to be as a church. For the past couple of years, we have used a specific text as a lens through which to do this. This year, we used the Great Commission text from the end of Matthew’s Gospel … “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” The result was a beautiful and powerful series that perhaps deserves a second listen … and maybe even deserves to be shared with a friend. Enjoy.
Matthew 28:16-20; John 13:34-35. For many (most?) of us who call Ekklesia home, we share a common experience of faith deconstruction and the corresponding search for a better faith. As it turns out, this shared experience isn’t enough to create community. Something more is required of us.
Matthew 28:16-20; Matthew 6:19-24. The world and the gospel are at odds with how we should handle our resources. The world encourages a “bad eye” but Jesus calls us to a “good eye.” What does this mean? And what does this look like for us today?
Luke 5:27-32, Mark 1:16-20, and Matthew 28:16-20. When Jesus invited people into his Kingdom life, his starting point was always “belonging” which eventually led to “believing.” Over time, Christianity has inverted this invitation. How can we return to Jesus’ original invitation?
Matthew 28:16-20. What does it mean to “go and make disciples?” On the other side of the guilt-laden (and often destructive) approach to evangelism and discipleship of the late 20th century protestant church, how are we to embrace this call?