Sunday Sermon Recap - August 14
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 2:46PM
Michaela

Good Wednesday to you.

 

Jesus’ disciples were confident it was one of them; one of them was certainly the greatest in the kingdom of God. So, each asked (this is not a direct quote), “It’s me, right?” Jesus answered (this is not a direct quote, either), “Not even. Try a little child…like this one right here. A child outranks you. You might as well select a child as your mentor. In my kingdom, children are the greatest.” And then Jesus explained why.

 

This past Sunday the Reverend Dr. Nate Landis, founder and director of Urban Youth Collaborative, took us to Matthew 18:1-5 to read Jesus’ explanation of why children are the greatest in his kingdom: they understand the riddle of God’s kingdom. They understand they are unable to pay for their sins and, with pure humility, they receive God’s forgiveness (salvation) and then say, “I depend on you, Jesus, completely; I trust you, Jesus, completely; I obey you, Jesus, completely.” And as they mature, they learn that they can never get enough of their heavenly Father and that their heavenly Father will always provide for their needs. But…….

 

……but Nate reminded us that Christianity is always one generation away from extinction. It is our responsibility as followers of Jesus to, using a track & field analogy, pass the baton of faith to the next generation. And we pass that baton of faith by living an example that demonstrates to a watching generation that I depend on Jesus completely; I trust Jesus completely; I obey Jesus completely. It is not childish to be childlike.

 

Next Sunday we hear from Coronado born and reared, Steve Currey. Steve will use Matthew 9:35-38 as the launching point to tell us how God got ahold of his life and sent him into missions – 5,648 miles away, missions.  HIs wife Sara and daughters Annie and Julia will also join us.

 

For the Reverend Dr. Nate Landis, Steve Currey and Pastor David…

 

Grace and peace,

 

Ralph West

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