Matthew 4:17, “From that time Jesus began to preach and say, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.'”
Mark 16:15, And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”
Romans 10:17, So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
At Cottonwood Creek, I’ve been in a teaching series entitled, “The Heart Of Jesus!” Sunday, we looked at Luke 15, where Jesus tells a series of stories about a lost sheep, a lost coin and a lost son. Each of those stories tell us something about the heart of Jesus for those that are lost. The final thought of the week is, God celebrates every time one who is lost comes home, and so should we.
When the shepherd found his lost sheep, Jesus said in Luke 15:6, “…he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ When the woman found her lost coin, Jesus said in Luke 15:9, “…she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ When the son comes home, the father said in Luke 15:23, “…Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.” If you have wandered off from God, come home and there will be a great celebration. Regardless of how far you have run or how long you have been gone, the celebration is still the same. There’s no better place to start that celebration than at church this weekend.
Take care and have a blessed weekend!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D