There’s nothing quite like feeling loved. Even if we have experienced the love of a person, most of us have a hard time believing that God loves us. But no matter how hard it is to believe that the One who created the universe “is crazy about ‘cha,” as Joel puts it, that is the truth. Luke in His Gospel tells us that there is rejoicing in heaven when we love God enough to be sorry for our sins and make an effort to stop doing wrong! Joel and Vernon’s sermons these past three weekends have encouraged us to confess our sins to God and leave them behind; their messages have invited us to trust Christ with our life now and forever; and they have welcomed us to be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Hundreds of us listened to their encouragement, accepted the salvation that Jesus won for us from the cross, and have demonstrated our faith publicly through baptism. So it’s pretty exciting that fewer of us than ever still have a hard time believing that God loves us!
With the powerful backdrop of the past three weekends’ of Northland’s worship services, Joel will begin, this weekend, helping us get a Jesus’ perspective of life. He, along with several leaders at Northland have prepared some great guides that offer a biblical foundation for engaging conversations to help us all grow in our love and understanding of God and each other. We are ready for this. Now it’s time to gather with family members, friends, or coworkers because none of us can keep the Good News to ourselves and everyone needs to know God.
“But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.” - 1 Peter 2:9-10 The Message (MSG)
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