Pastor’s Preview for February 14, 2016

Hi Friends,

Last Sunday we wrapped up our series You Were Made for This as we looked at Ephesians 6:10-20. We unpacked the truth that as Christians we face an enemy in the devil and in evil. If you happened to miss last week or any of the five parts of the series you can catch them on our website simply by clicking here.

Also, if this series on the book of Ephesians really caught your interest I’d like to recommend two books that were particularly helpful to me as I crafted my messages. The first is a book by John Stott entitled God’s New Society: The Message of Ephesians. The second is a book by Eugene Peterson entitled Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ.

This coming Sunday marks the beginning of the season of Lent; a time where we walk alongside Jesus approaching the pain of the cross and joy of his resurrection. This year in Lent we’ll be focusing on the Gospel of Mark and we’ll explore several of the passages in which Jesus unfolds the promises of the Kingdom of God. On Sunday we’ll begin with the very opening verses as we’ll read Mark 1:1-15. If you have a chance read the passage prior to Sunday and spend a moment thinking about what Jesus’ declarations in verses 14 and 15 would have sounded like to his initial audience.

As we begin Lent, I’d also like to invite you to join me in an intentional season of prayer. As you may have heard, over the last several months our Elders and Deacons have worked through the book Taking Your Church to the Next Level: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. We’ve explored how God has worked and is working through Fuller. As part of this process it’s become evident that one way we can continue listening for God’s leading is by joining together in prayer. So towards that effort I invite you to join me in praying for wisdom and discernment as to how God is leading us forward. In fact I invite you to join me on Sunday mornings for prayer in the council room from 8:45-9:15 AM. There we will lift up the life, health, and future of our church as we seek God’s leading.

Finally, just a reminder that the nominations for both Elders and Deacons are due this Sunday. If you have not yet submitted your recommendations please be sure to turn them in at the Ministry Center in the Fellowship Room.

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday.

 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Nate

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