Last week, we kicked-off a new series titled, Believe.....Think, Act and Be Like Jesus. For the next few weeks, we will focus our attention on the second word of this phrase......Think. How did Jesus think? What drove his thoughts?
To help us better understand the answer to these questions, we will be looking at the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5:1-12. The ultimate point of these verses is that these truths should result in rejoicing and an overwhelming happiness. However, as you read these verses, it seems paradoxical doesn't it? As you read these words of Jesus, they don't exactly fit with our view of happiness do they. Jesus says that happy people are poor in spirit, they mourn, they hunger and thirst and are ultimately persecuted. To this, your first response might be, "Hey, wait a minute! I'm not sure I want that kind of happiness. In fact, it sounds more like misery than joy. How does happiness come out of misery?" Join us for the next few weeks as we explore the phrase, "Happy are the......"
Also, it's that time of year, where we nominate new church leaders. This year, we are needing to fill three positions on our church council, along with positions on our legal and personnel committees. Nominations can be submitted using the nomination form located at the Welcome Center or online at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations will be accepted through Sunday, January 15th.
Finally, since the end of October, our worship services have been led by Norm and Avery, who is the Lead Pastor for Common Ground and an accomplished worship leader. As we head into a new year, I wanted to let you know that I have asked Norm and Avery to continue to share the role of leading worship for us at least through the end of February. They have agreed to share in this role and I am excited to see where God takes us under their leadership. Please continue to pray for Avery and Norm as they will be working together to build upon and improve our current worship experience.
See you Sunday.