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    Wednesday
    Jul242019

    « Sunday Sermon Recap - July 24 »

    Good Wednesday to you.

     

    This past Sunday Pastor Keith continued his “Lost in Translation” series with the Greek word, mathetes. It means disciple, pupil, student, apprentice, learner. It means exactly what Jesus expects of those who know him as personal Savior.

     

    In a first century Jewish community, the rabbi was highly, highly respected. There was no greater joy to a young man (or his parents) than to hear a rabbi say “Come and follow me.” An enthusiastic blessing from the community followed, “May you be covered in the dust of your rabbi.” It meant may you follow your teacher so closely that you learn all that it takes to become just like him.

     

    In Luke 5:1-11, we read of Rabbi Jesus saying to ordinary men who were about their ordinary daily routine, “Come and follow me.” He was saying, “Despite your flaws, I believe in you. I have faith in you. I choose each of you to be my disciple, my pupil, my student, my apprentice. Learn from me and walk my path for you with me and together we will change the world for the good.”

     

    Pastor Keith told of a missionary who lost his way in a jungle; the trail had vanished. Stumbling on a small hut, he asked the national living there if he could lead him out. Rising to his feet, he walked directly into the bush. The missionary followed on his heels. For more than an hour they hacked their way through a dense wall of vines and grasses. The missionary became worried: “Are you sure this is the way? I don’t see any path.” His guide chuckled and said over his shoulder, “In this place there is no path. I am the path.”

     

    Jesus said he is the path – he is the way (John 14:6). My responsibility? To know that he chose me, believes in me, has faith in me and wants me to follow him on his path. And, in turn? I need to choose him, believe in him and have faith that his path is where I want to be…and be his learner, apprentice, student, pupil, disciple.  May we know no greater joy than to be “covered in the dust” of our Rabbi.

     

    Next Sunday Pastor Keith concludes his series – and his time with us – with the Greek word, ekklesia.  Now, if you’ve been finding your way to Graham Memorial (or any Christ-centered worshipping community), I’m guessing your name could be included in its definition. Make a quick read of 1 Peter 2:1-10 and learn if you agree.

     

    For Pastor Keith and Pastor David…

     

    Grace and peace,

     

    Ralph West

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