Nov 23 - Christ the King Sunday

  • Christ the King - worship images based around "Worthy is the Lamb" 
    • "Revelation Song" 
    • Worthy is the Lamb 
    • Liturgical images 
    • Christ the Victor 
    • Christ the King 



Oct 26 "Hand-Crafted Discipleship: Blessed are the Beggars”

Oct 26 “Blessed are the Beggars”

Matt 5:1-3; 20:29-34

[also Bible presentations Sunday]


Notes for Reformation Sunday 2014

"We are beggars, this is true.

Luther wrote that phrase on a little slip of paper that was found in his pocket when he died. Now, like the many sayings that are attributed to Luther, there is some disagreement over what exactly was written on that slip of paper; different versions of the story. But what all the versions agree on is this last line. We are beggars, this is true."

Matt 5:1-3
Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.
He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

i.e. “Blessed are the spiritually bankrupt; theirs is the kingdom, as a gift.”

Matt 20:29-34
29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.
33 “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”
34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.

Heart of the Reformation Gospel: We are beggars, this is true.

Grace Alone: The NEEDS of a beggar.
Faith Alone: The HANDS of a beggar.
Christ Alone: The FOCUS of a beggar.        
      The focus of the beggars in their need.
      The focus of the beggars even after they received sight (they followed Him).

"We do not, as we follow Jesus, become increasingly self-sufficient. Rather, we learn, bit by bit, the art of begging." - John Klenig