What’s in the Toolbox?
May 3rd (Hosea 2, 11) Alluring Love – Take great comfort in this, “His love endures forever.” Our God is a seeking God, a good shepherd who goes after the lost to bring them home. This is God’s mission and he invites us into it. God moves in steadfast love to draw people to the abundant life that he gives. An inspiring example of this is God’s faithful and steadfast love to the people of Israel. As disciples of Christ this is our hope and strength.
May 10th Mother’s Day (John 14:15-16; 16:5-16) Gift – Jesus promised his followers a gift that would be like, but better than his own presence. It was his way of keeping his promise to be with them to the end of the age. This gift – the Holy Spirit is the presence of God revealing truth and moving in grace over the world. He would be uniquely and intimately with the disciples of Jesus.
May 17th (Galatians 5:16-25) Fruit – One of the important definers of a person’s life and a disciple’s witness is their character. Are you of good or of bad character? How does one develop good character? The Spirit of God is at work in the life of a believer to produce Christ like qualities. You are such a character.
May 24th Pentecost (1 Corinthians 12:1-11) Gifts – We celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the early Christians. The Holy Spirit is described as a gift but we must also appreciate that the Holy Spirit gives gifts. These gifts are given as special abilities to help us in service of Christ and his Church. We have a lot of gifts to open.
May 31st (2 Timothy 3:14-4:5) Scripture – The scriptures are described as a double edged sword. We should therefore recognize its power and that it requires some instruction and care to use. A most important resource given to us, we must make effort to know and apply God’s Word to our lives. Draw your sword. En guard!
June 7th (John 17:15-21) Out There – The followers of Christ gather together and then they scatter in a kind of breathing rhythm. All together on Sunday and then off we go our separate ways. What happens when we are out there, after we move out from the community? Are we on our own and what does it mean for us to be in the world but not of it? Most of our week is lived in the wider community but is impacted by our time with the community of Christ.