July 25, 2021

Most weeks I close these sermon prep posts with, “See you Sunday, Grace. Come hungry!” meaning, come ready to receive the “meal” of a message preached from God’s word. But this Sunday will be one of our regular reflection services – the first in our Gospel of Luke series, Good News of Great Joy for All People – so our meal is more like a potluck. In the place of one preached message, we will hear many reflections from many of you about how the word has been at work. Paul described the fruit of preaching in this way.

“We also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.” (1 Thess. 2:13)

Would you take some time this week to prayerfully reflect back over what we’ve covered this far and consider how it’s been at work in you? You might refresh your memory by re-reading Luke 1:1-4:13. If you’re a note taker, pull them out and review the things you’ve written. If you missed any Sundays, you could go back and listen to sermons you missed. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you see how God’s word has been at work.

Some questions to get you thinking…

  • How has your understanding of who Jesus is and what He has done been enlarged, and what effect has that been having on your life in this season?
  • Have you had opportunities to minister to others out of what you have been learning or to share this good news of great joy with someone in your life?  Share an example.
  • How has what you’ve been reading and learning in the Gospel of Luke been leading you to pray in your life these days?  What has it been leading you to pray for our church, our community, and the world?

We will also have some of the original pieces of art from our Heart of Luke Instagram account on display in the sanctuary throughout the morning for you to come take a closer look at.

See you Sunday, Grace. Come hungry AND with something to share!

Song Link of the Week

Living Hope by Phil Wickham

Who could imagine so great a mercy?
What heart could fathom such boundless grace?
The God of ages stepped down from glory
To wear my sin and bear my shame
The cross has spoken, I am forgiven
The King of kings calls me His own
Beautiful Savior, I’m Yours forever
Jesus Christ, my living hope