Two by two the disciples went out with message of salvation. They called people to repentance, to find forgiveness in Jesus. There were some very specific instructions to these first missionaries. This Sunday like the prophets of old, we looked at God’s plan for reaching out with his word.
Our God is the Vine; we are the branches. To remain fruitful in life we need to stay connected to him. A large part of that is connecting others to the Vine as well. This week we take a trip to Philippi, a Roman colony in the ancient world to see the Apostle Paul in action.
“Follow me!” This is Jesus’ call as he gathers his first disciples. In this season of Epiphany we see Jesus reveal himself to be the Savior of the world. In the Gospel of John he shows his divine power. This catches the attention of the disciples, but it is the Word of God that creates faith.
The waters of the Jordan washed over Jesus as John baptized him. Those same waters of baptism washed over the jailers family in ancient Philippi. Still today the waters of baptism flow in churches around the world. In Jesus the Father is well pleased with all of us.
“The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord…” Over the centuries the Christian Church has been through division, heresy, and persecution. The church still stands. Over the next five weeks, in our series One Foundation we’ll look at what our Lord Jesus says the church is. Our first Sunday we’ll see that the church is for all people.