“While they were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple police, and the Sadducees confronted them, because they were annoyed that they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.” (CSB – Read the chapter)
Why do you believe in Jesus? Maybe that’s a bit too forward for an opening question. Maybe you don’t believe in Jesus—no judgment here. But, what do you believe about Jesus? If you’ve ever even thought about Jesus before, what possessed you to do so? Why is His name something anyone is still talking about today?
This week we kicked off a brand new series taking a fresh look at who God has designed us to be as a church. The message is focused on our church, but the ideas apply to every church and every follower of Jesus. Who did God make you to be and how can you become more that person? It starts with connecting with people. Jesus was a master at that. Learn more here about how He did it and how we can join Him in it.
Connecting like Jesus – John 4:1-26
Our culture is a
maze of contradictions. Think about it:
We have never been more connected in terms of technology and social media than
we are right now and the webs are getting tighter and tighter all the time. Movies like Enemy of the State with Will Smith
and Gene Hackman that envisioned a slightly futuristic reality in which the
government can track every single movement we make is now not only completely
true in terms of what they can do, it’s actually even more true now than it was
then. Social media and other tech giants
are working on algorithms that not only know where you’ve been, but attempt to
predict where you’ll go next in order to allow advertisers to even more closely
and personally target their efforts.
“And many came to him. And they said, ‘John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.'” (ESV – Read the chapter)
Do you want to be great? Most of us yearn for that. I heard about another pastor a few weeks ago who does a blog too. He has 200,000 followers. My carnal first thought was, “I want 250,000.” That’s inside of all of us. We want greatness. We want to be not just recognized, but recognized more than everybody else for what we have done. Our culture encourages this too. Our heroes are not great statesmen and scientists and public servants anymore. Our heroes are sports stars and movie stars and social media stars. It’s a great rat race whose catch is that there isn’t any cheese waiting at the end of the path. Read the rest…
“When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled.” (ESV – Read the chapter)
Two verses over from this one is the shortest verse in the Bible: Jesus wept. Here, we are told He was deeply moved and greatly troubled. Basically, Jesus was really emotional. This provides fodder for some theological pondering, which is fine, but it should also be really encouraging for us. Here’s why. Read the rest…