Greetings in Christ!
Starting this Sunday at CLC, we embark upon a new series called, “Who is Jesus? Who are we?” As we continue our walk through this crucial time in the Gospel of Mark, we focus upon Jesus’ identity and, from that place, how Jesus shapes the church.
Yet, not all may find this kind of focus exciting. At least two reasons come to mind. First, we all already think we know who Jesus is, which is all fine and good until you ask a dozen people on the street to give a one sentence description of Jesus. Then you’ll get twelve different outlooks, twelve different perspectives, and maybe even twelve different Jesuses.
And, of course, we already know who we are, don’t we? Many of us, myself included, can get pretty huffy when someone tries to tell us what to do or who to be, or in other words, when someone tries to shape our identity. But, how often have we wondered if we are at the right place in life? How often have we daydreamed about doing something else, going somewhere else, being someone else? How often do we question our own identities?
This series is important because we don’t know ourselves nearly as well as we think we do, and we don’t know always know what to think of Jesus either. So, each week, we’ll leave with a better understanding of one part of Jesus’ identity and one part of our identity as Christians. Each sermon will offer a simple reminder phrased something like this, “Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and we are His Sheep.” Don’t worry, that’s not one of the upcoming readings, so no spoilers were given!
If you’ve got questions about these things, or perspectives that you’d like considered, please call Pastor Andrew at the church office or send him an email. In preparation for this, spend some time in prayer with God and conversation with one another, asking what you’d like to learn about God and yourself as a person of faith.
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