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19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
As we gather online and in person for the final weekend of 2020, to God be the glory for what He has done in each of our lives. This has been a year of uncertainty, but isn't everyday really a day of uncertainty without the knowledge of the saving grace of Jesus Christ? We take for granted all the comforts, the predictability of our day-to-day lives. Never before did we think: how do we shop, how do we work, how do we connect. Those things have basically been the same for all our lives. Yes, there are elements of change along the way, but they happen over time so they are easily adjusted to. COVID-19, was the first time for us, where the end was not in sight. We seemed to have no control. The flow of information was contradictory, it along with the news created great stress and fear. Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Scripture never downplays or ignores the realities of life in this world. In fact, it emphasizes that difficult times exist and there is good reason to fear. Evil is real, but God concurred all that through sending his one and only son Jesus, yes the baby we have celebrated throughout Advent. The greatest act of generosity came when God sent the angel Gabriel to Mary to inform her of the coming birth of Jesus. Even to the mother of Jesus, Gabriel had to make sure she heard these words, “Mary, do not be afraid.” You can read this account in Luke 1:26-38. When an angel appeared to the shepherds with the glory of the Lord shining all around them. The bible says they were terrified. The angel’s first words were “do not be afraid” (Luke 2:8-20). When the angel was joined by a multitude of heavenly hosts they stayed in the moment, trusting the command not to be afraid. When all had left and only the shepherds remained, they together proclaimed “let’s go” and hurried off to see what they had been told.
Jesus came for every one of us. Me and you, no exceptions. He came so that we could be saved.
As you reflect on 2020, focus on the way God has used you, your family, your friends, and your church to be the light we are called to be in this world. Thank you Northland for your incredible trust and outpouring of generosity through many years, but especially in these never before experienced times.
The last words spoken by Jesus on this earth after his resurrection was a command found in Matthew 28:16-20 which included this promise, “...I will be with you always...” He is with us, He is with you, He came to save you, He came to save the world.
God bless you Northland as you are people who recognize we can accomplish a great deal for the Lord as individuals, but when we join together the potential is beyond our dreams. Thank you for your prayers, your shares, your cheers and your tears. Most importantly, thank you for your obedience to being the light to the world.
This session of Belong and Grow will meet via Zoom. It will be fun and family friendly! More details will come your way after you register.
Tuesdays, January 26 to February 16, 6:30 P.M.- 8 P.M. | via Zoom
This is a 4-week class. Registration is required.
Join us as we come together as a church to pray for our lead Pastor as God prepares him for us and us for him.
The latest edition of our Engage newspaper is ready just in time for the new year!
These questions invite you to dive a little deeper into this week's message, "
1. A disciple is someone who is following Jesus. When did you begin to follow Jesus?
2. A disciple is someone who is being changed by Jesus. In what areas of your life has Jesus changed you? How is he changing you now?
3. A disciple is committed to the mission of Jesus. How are you living on mission for Jesus?
4. What are your next step to becoming a disciple maker? (Being coached/mentored? Asking 2-3 people to start a discipling relationship?)