Jan 14, 2012
Focus Readings: Jonah 3:1-5, 10; 1 Cor 7:29-31; Mk 1:14-20
All three Bible passages call for us to turn to God and away from our personal priorities, but all three readings are also messages of God's love. All three passages tell us that God cares enough about us to want to be involved in our lives. This is not just a message telling us to repent, or change. It's a message telling us that God has come near. God cares enough to send the prophets like Jonah and the Bible writers like Paul, to tell us about God's love, but also to warn us about God's judgement. In fact God cares about us so much that he sent Jesus, his own beloved Son to live with us, preaching and teaching, sharing meals and all the joys and sorrows of life. Indeed even to pour out his life for us upon the cross. And more God even raised him to new life which is also shared with us and even more God has poured out the Spirit. And as Paul reminds us one day Jesus will return.
This same Jesus calls to us. If all of this is true, then what does this say about our priorities - about the way we live our lives now.
Questions for thought and discussion.
As individuals as a church, as a nation - what Should we change? Do we need to turn to God? What things we should leave behind? What things we should think about differently?
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