One of our goals at Cumming Church is to become fluent in the gospel. How do we speak this gospel language every day to every one in every way. I am convinced that the best way to do that is to properly understand the gospel inside and out.
That was the Apostle Paul's goal as well when he wrote this letter to the church in Galatia. They were confused about the gospel and had people coming in and telling them something different from the gospel by adding to or taking away from the truth of this message.
Over the next 16 weeks, we will explore this letter and all the truth that it contains. It is my hope that during this time we will all deepen our understanding of the gospel and of Jesus Christ.
This week, we will conclude a 95 part journey as we wrap up our time in Luke's gospel. Over our time, we learned more about this man who came to seek and save the lost. But now, as Luke's record of Jesus' life comes to an end, so does Jesus' time on earth. And Jesus has one last lesson for his disciples and one last mission for them to carry out.
I hope you'll join us this Sunday as we wrap up this time in Luke's gospel with the last message in our series "The Last Days of Jesus Christ" as we explore "The Appearance of Christ Part 2".
In our culture, we view events like Easter and Christmas as one day celebrations and then we get back to our normal lives. However, in our history, the church has celebrated Eastertide, or the Easter Season, for the next several weeks leading up to Pentecost Sunday. Likewise, we will continue to celebrate the Resurrection as we wrap up our time in Luke's gospel.
This Sunday we will continue our Easter celebration by looking at Luke 24:13-36 and exploring the question "Do you know about Jesus or do you know Jesus?" It's a great question we all need to wrestle with.
We've spent the majority of our Sunday Mornings the past few years learning from Dr. Luke, the physician turned historian and writer, as he shared with us what he has learned about the life of a travelling teacher by the name of Jesus. This teacher, he tells us, taught with authority about the coming of God's Kingdom. As you might expect, there were those who were opposed to Jesus' message. In fact, they were so opposed, they wanted him dead.
They got their wish. On the Friday of Passover almost 2,000 years ago, they crucified Jesus for crimes against Rome. And, you wouldn't be alone if you thought that this was the end of the story. However, Jesus told us this would happen and he told us that he would rise again. And this truth, however unexpected, changes everything.
This Sunday we are at the climax of the story. Jesus is dead, the disciples are discouraged and hope appears lost. Until they make a very unexpected discovery that Jesus really, truly and forever is alive!