January 14, 2013

When we think about the twelve disciples of Jesus, most of us view them as super heroes, larger than life personalities. Nothing could be further removed from the biblical passages that recount the time these men spent with Jesus.

Join us on a journey of discovery taking us through Easter Sunday, March 31. We will study each of the Twelve. We will see how these men were common, everyday guys. And we will see how God used these ordinary men to do extraordinary things. All men and women who love Jesus can learn from the careful study of how the twelve apostles responded to Jesus and to one another.

So pick up your Bible and pray God’s Word will encourage and motivate you to do all God wants you to do, say all the things God wants you to say. God put the expansion of his church in the hands of twelve individuals whose most obvious character trait was their ordinariness.

Leading up to Easter Sunday, we will gather for a “Living Lord’s Supper” on Thursday evening, March 28, at 7pm. Each disciple, as portrayed in Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting “The Last Supper,” will respond to Jesus’ statement, “One of you will betray me.” Then, we will take the Bread and the Cup together as part of this worship experience.

If you are looking for a fresh sense of God’s presence in your life, then look no further than his Word. Commit to reading God’s Word during these days as we learn from the original disciples of Jesus how we can follow him, too.

January 14 – Hebrews 11:33-38 Introducing James, Simon, and Judas

Hebrews 11 is called the roll call of the faithful. Many “famous” names are mentioned here. We all have heard of Abraham and Moses. When the biblical writer realized he could not mention every name, he began to write about groups of people, those who had shown great faith in God. Perhaps that’s how we should view James the Less, Simon the Zealot, and Judas not Iscariot. They represent many faithful ones who helped pave the way for future generations to know Jesus. They made it possible for the church to not only exist, but to survive throughout the centuries. Most of us barely remember this James, this Simon, and this Judas, but eternity will reveal their good and faithful work.