Actually, this Sunday's lesson, even though it looked to be about prayer, was really about who is justified before God. We explored the topic of self-righteousness and humility. I really appreciate the way the congregation engaged with the discussion and sharing segments of the sermon. We all learn so much more when we can hear from one another.
As for the week ahead, the men are meeting at Joe's place on Wednesday, 7.30PM. On Sunday Danny will be preaching on this passage:
“A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honour your father and mother.’” “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said. When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Peter said to him, “We have left all we had to follow you!” “Truly I tell you,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.” Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be delivered over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him and spit on him; they will flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.” The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.” (Luke 18:18–34 NIV11)
Send Dan a message if you've got any particular thoughts on the text, or questions for that matter.
Thank you to the volunteers who have contacted Joe about helping to prepare his allotment for the special service we'll be having there on 23 April. If you'd like to be involved please contact Joe directly.
See you soon,