February 2014

Luke 8: Growing Out

“A farmer went out to sow his seed…” (Luke 8:5)

Do you remember planting seeds in a styrofoam cup and waiting for a plant to grow? It was such an exciting thing to see a small bulge in the dirt and then, eventually, a tiny green stalk breakthrough the surface. With the proper care, the plant would continue to grow to the point of needing to be moved out of the cup or it would stop growing altogether.

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A Journey to Vision

A number of months ago I wrote a post talking about the new direction we were taking as a church and specifically as a campus. As we prepare to relaunch as a new, separate church, one of the major things we are spending time with as a Transition Team is developing a vision for this new church. I thought I would share some of our progress and process along the way, if you’re interested.

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Luke 7: Dinner Guest

When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. (Luke 7:36)

Throughout the gospels we read of Jesus eating with individuals all the time. Sitting down with someone at the table was a way of extending fellowship, hospitality, and letting an individual know he or she matters. The table was a symbol of association, a place where the lives of individuals connected with each other.

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Luke 6: Sawdust

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (Luke 6:41-42)

“They’re just too judge-y.” We hear this all the time about the Church, people who go to church, and Christians in general. The passage from Luke 6:37-42 shows Jesus talking about this very thing. I wonder if we unpack it a little further, we might be surprised to discover what we find…

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Luke 5: Deep Water

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. (Luke 5:4-7)

Jesus asked them to go where they didn’t want to go. They were tired and wanted to call it a night but because it was Jesus, they went. They pulled in more fish than they ever had from a single cast.

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