Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
Annandale United Methodist
Thursday, May 23, 2019
To generously share God's love with everyone we meet

Baker's Yeast

Tell me the Stories of Jesus

 

Tell me the stories of Jesus! What a great song, and what a great calling. We share with others the stories of Jesus’ life, and help those same stories come alive again today in the hearts of people who live 2000 years later! The message of the stories is eternal, as is Christ’s love for you.

 

This spring we will be listening once again to the familiar stories that Jesus told his followers. It is a shame that sometimes we take the basic stories for granted. You remember the Prodigal Son, the Good Samaritan, I’m pretty sure you do. However, what about the Wheat and the weeds, the laborers in the Vineyard, the Kingdom of heaven is like yeast, or the Pearl of Great Price? Some of them aren’t quite as familiar as others, are they? 

 

In the coming weeks we will touch on what some of Jesus’ stories may have meant to the people of 2000 years ago, and what they mean for our lives today. You may be reminded of some things that you have forgotten over the years, and some things about how these parables touched the lives of people in Israel long ago, may actually surprise you. He intended for us to be inspired to use the gifts that God has given us, to make a difference in the world.

 

In Ephesians 4:12-16 the author speaks of Christ’s purpose in giving us the various talents and gifts that we share. His purpose was to equip God’s people for the work of serving and building up the body of Christ 13 until we all reach the unity of faith and knowledge of God’s Son. God’s goal is for us to become mature adults—to be fully grown, measured by the standard of the fullness of Christ. 14 As a result, we aren’t supposed to be infants any longer who can be tossed and blown around by every wind that comes from teaching with deceitful scheming and the tricks people play to deliberately mislead others. 15 Instead, by speaking the truth with love, let’s grow in every way into Christ, 16 who is the head. The whole body grows from him, as it is joined and held together by all the supporting ligaments. The body makes itself grow in that it builds itself up with love as each one does its part.

 

We pray that this spring’s sermon series on the Parables of Jesus will help us all to mature into the body of Christ that He intends for us to become. Please keep each other in your prayers, and join us as we let the stories of Jesus inspire our lives. May we continue to grow in unity and purpose with Christ as our head.

 

To prepare yourself for worship each week, I have included in this newsletter a list of the biblical passages that the weekly sermons will be based upon. Please meditate on these, and let the scriptures speak to you.

 

May God’s Kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven!

 

Pastor Paul D. Baker