SERVICE SUMMARY: Jesus called his message the gospel, which means the good news. The Christian message isn’t a good rule to follow or good advice to take. The Christian message is the good news that God became human in order to save humanity. It’s not something for you to do, it’s about what’s already been done for you. When God asks believers to proclaim the good news, there is power to redeem and transform. The power is in the message of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, not the methods of the one proclaiming him. And that’s good news too. Join us this Sunday as we continue our sermon series rooted in the core convictions of the Church.
Social networks are the basic mechanism through which conversion takes place. . . . The principle that conversions spread through social networks is quite consistent with the fact that the earliest followers of Jesus shared many family ties and long-standing associations. . . . Although the very first Christian converts in the West may have been by full-time missionaries, the conversion process soon became self-sustaining as new converts accepted the obligation to spread their faith and did so by missionizing their immediate circle of intimates.
4 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” 7 But the Lord said to me,
“Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’;
for to all to whom I send you, you shall go,
and whatever I command you, you shall speak.
8 Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you,
declares the Lord.”
9 Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me,
“Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.
10 See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms,
to pluck up and to break down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant.”
11 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see an almond branch.” 12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”
After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them, 3 and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade. 4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks.
5 When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. 6 And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” 7 And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. His house was next door to the synagogue. 8 Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized. 9 And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, 10 for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” 11 And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
CONFESSION OF SIN
Sing first verse
Leader: God of mercy, whose Son, Jesus Christ, longs to embrace us in his love, we confess that we have disobeyed your commands and ignored your mission; our ears have been deaf to your call and our hearts have been cold to your love.
Sing second verse
Leader: Father, we confess that we have hurt others and dishonored your
name. We have hoarded our gifts instead of using them to bless
others. We have failed to reflect your love to the watching world.
Sing third verse
Leader: Lord, have mercy on us, and forgive us for our sins.
Receive us again as your children, not because we are worthy,
but for the sake of Christ who loved us and gave himself for us.