The Jesus Adventure is a call to each of us as individuals and all of us as a congregation. A call to consider what it means to follow Jesus in the midst of a rapidly and radically changing world. Jesus announced, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). The kingdom of God is the world put right again. Jesus claims that his life, death and resurrection makes the kingdom of God present in our midst by faith. Even as we wait for it to be made complete when he comes again in glory. We are Called to “repent”, that is turn around from our personal kingdom building, and “believe the gospel”, which is the good news of the kingdom through Jesus. We are Equipped, as Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit into us, to live by faith. We are Sent into the world, to live our lives by faith and invite others to come and see what Jesus has done. We are Restored again and again, as we often stumble as we follow Jesus. God shows us how to embed this kingdom vision in our hearts and minds through establishing the pattern: Called → Equipped → Sent → Restored. Through Worship, Wisdom, and Service, God reinforces this pattern. In our final series in the Jesus Adventure we will explore The Way of Fellowship.
Sunday, August 11 – At the close of Jesus’ earthly life, his followers were scattered and disoriented as they watched their friend and teacher be arrested, tried, condemned, and executed. “All the disciples deserted him and fled” (Matthew 26:56). Less than two months later (50 days to be exact) we find them together! Devoting themselves “to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayers” (Acts 2:42). Something miraculous had occurred that created a remarkable new community of individuals from different countries and cultures that were now bound together in a powerful new way that would change the world. This is the Way of Fellowship that we will explore together in the weeks ahead.
Made One in Christ (Part 1)
Sunday, August 18 – Something new began after Pentecost, the day the Holy Spirit was poured out on the followers of Jesus. While once divided by nationality, gender, financial and social status, followers of Jesus were called to relate to each other in radically new ways. Barriers once deemed impenetrable were broken down and believers were called into all inclusive relationships. In Jesus there is now one new humanity, based solely on the one thing we have in common— “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23-24).