Wednesday, April 16, 2020
Dear Faith Family,
Easter Sunday 2020 was certainly a surprising day for us here in East Texas! With the social distancing in place, it meant not getting to worship together as a faith family. Then with the tornado warnings in the morning and the wind event in the evening, it meant some of us were ending the day with a mess in the yard and without electricity in the house. It was a strange day! But if you remember, Pastor Shelley told us that Easter is not simply a holiday we celebrate but a reality we live. Surprises come with that kind of life. This week we want to live into that reality by considering the power of Jesus’ resurrection life for us right now.
Consider the fact that Jesus’ whole ministry was filled with surprises. Jesus did not very often do or say things you would expect. The reason for these surprises is he was ushering in a whole new way of life—an upside-down kingdom. The Old Testament law and sacrifices and prophets could all point to it, but it was not until Jesus actually came as a human being that we could actually see this way of life lived out.
We have been given the opportunity to reflect on this surprising, upside-down Jesus kind of life in ways we have not had the chance to consider before now. It is challenging for all of us in different ways, but what a chance we have to reflect and pray as people longing to know Christ and make him known.
This week our study from
The Bible Project
is taken from Luke 24. Below you will find the link to a short video and some discussion questions. Again, if you are a part of a Sunday School Class or Life Group, consider finding a way to connect online all together or in smaller groups or pairs. Please let me know if you need help with this! We have ways of getting you connected online.
If you are not in a class or group, contact a friend and see if they would be interested in joining you in a discussion of these themes. It’s not too late to start this week!
Here is this week's “Luke-Acts Series: Luke 24” video.