“ There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—” – Eph. 4.4
Week 1 // August 22nd/23rd
Isaiah 49:1-7; Ephesians 4:1-16; John 15.12-17
Many things compete for our energy, time and attention. But Jesus’ call is different. Only Jesus, and His salvation and ongoing mission, can give us true identity and meaning in this life. His call is for you!
Week 2 // August 29th/30th
Philippians 3:12-21; Luke 5:1-11
The invitation of Jesus to his first disciples was clear, yet challenging, “Follow Me”. Following Jesus is very simple but not simplistic, in fact following Jesus will change everything in our lives. His call still goes out to us today, “Follow Me.”
Week 3 // September 5th/6th
Joel 2:28-32; Luke 10:1-12; Revelation 21:1-6
Heaven is for real, but Jesus was far more concerned with His Kingdom. In fact Jesus speaks more about The Kingdom in the four gospels than any other subject. Jesus is the King and He sits on His throne. Jesus calls us to live in this world as citizens of the Kingdom.
Week 4 // September 12th/13th
Jeremiah 32:36-41; 1 Corinthians 1:4-9;18-25; Matthew 16:13-20
“ A seven year-old-child knows what the church is, namely, holy believers and sheep who hear the voice of their Shepherd.” Martin Luther
In the midst of division and challenges we are reminded by the words of Luther that the “church” is holy (by the work of Christ) and undivided (by the unity of the Holy Spirit). The church is the community to which we are called as disciples of Jesus. We do not make the church, rather Jesus creates, sustains and leads his church to carry out His mission on earth.
Week 5 // September 19th/20th
Isaiah 53:1-12; 2 Timothy 1:8-14; John 16:20-24;32-33
The call of Jesus is not a call to earthly comfort and riches, rather it is a call to sacrifice and even suffering. Jesus paid the ultimate price with his suffering and death, but by his resurrection we are able to follow Him with confidence that even in the midst of suffering, we are more than conquerors with Christ!
Week 6 // September 26th/27th
Genesis 12:1-7; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; Luke 5:27-32;
Several times Jesus stated the he came to seek and to save that which was lost, and that he came not to the healthy but to the sick. Jesus finds us and heals and now calls us to those who are still lost and sick. The call of Jesus is a call to “others”, those far from God and in need of His salvation.
Week 7 // October 3rd/4th
Acts 17:1-9; Luke 24:44-49
The call of Jesus is not an idealistic philosophy, rather it is very practical and for the “real world”. By the incarnation of Christ we know that Jesus cares for us in this life, in our broken, earthly state. He came not simply to redeem us and rescue us for the life to come but for this world as well. This means that Jesus cares about your home, your neighborhood, your city. Yes, Jesus cares about St. Louis! We will have an opportunity to tangibly show that love next Saturday with our 2nd annual Loved+Sent Servant Event. Will you join us and Jesus on His Mission?
Week 8 // October 10th/11th
“Called::Celebrate” UNIFIED SERVICE