Blessings beloved of God! I hope that your week is going well and that you are resting in Christ’s victory. This newsletter is meant to remind you of Sunday’s message, equip you for study and devotions this Wednesday, as we turn our minds toward the Lord’s Day.
May God’s face shine upon you and give you peace.
Filling up the edges
To have the message of God; to say, “thus sayeth the Lord,” is the calling of every Christian because of the Great Commission and that message is found in the bible, which is constantly opened wider and deeper to reveal more to us.
Revelation comes through the Scriptures directly from God, by the Power of the Holy Spirit, to individuals studying it, as well as, through preaching and teaching.
You are not seers, fortunetellers or mystic predictors of the future. But you do have the prophetic voice.
Because you are the church.
The prophetic voice is one crying in the wilderness “make straight the paths of the LORD.” “Repent.” “Be baptized.” “The Mighty one Comes.” “Make way.”
Mark 1:4-9. Mark is not concerned that we know about the miraculous birth or backstory of John. All Mark is concerned about is John’s preaching, which “serves only one purpose – to point to Jesus.
As John declared it to Israel, Mark is declaring the same message to his readers. And His readers, in response – repent and go forth declaring that same message.
On the day of Pentecost Peter cited the words of the prophet Joel, who said that God would pour out his spirit on all his people, and as a result, “your sons and daughters will prophesy,” (Acts 2:17).
There are thirty-three Greek words in the NT for preachingor proclaiming. Not all of these activities can be described as formal public speaking in the worship service – the form of preaching we often think of when we hear the word.
Acts 8:4 says that all Christians except the Apostles went from place to place “proclaiming the messiah.” This cannot mean that every believer was standing up and preaching sermons to audiences. Priscilla and Aquila explained the word of Christ to Apollos in their home (Acts 18:26).
Paul calls all believers to “let the message of Christ dwell in your richly,” and to “teach and admonish one another with all wisdom.” Every Christian has the prophetic word – “believe, repent, make way for the mighty one comes.”
Every Christian should be able to give both instruction and admonition.
We should all be able to answer Satan’s basic question “did God really say?” We should be able to counsel and instruct anyone from God’s word. ALL OF YOU.
Mother to daughter, wife to Husband, father to son, Husband to wife, brother to sister, one to another. You all have a prophetic word for one another and for the world.
Every Christian must understand the message of the Bible well enough to explain it and apply it to other Christians, and to his neighbor, in informal and personal settings.
No church should expect all the life transformation that comes from the Word of God to arise strictly through formal Sunday preaching. It can’t take the strain. It isn’t often enough or thorough enough.
We need the prophetic voice. The World needs it. To John, the fundamental human problem is not ignorance or inherent human imperfection, but sin, understood as active rebellion against the creator.
Israel did not know her condition, so God sent a messenger. This is a pattern. Rome did not know her condition, so God sent John Mark. Seattle doesn’t know her condition, so God has sent messengers. You.
The gospel is that Jesus is King. John declares that “the mighty one comes.” This is significant given that God is referred to as the “the mighty one.”
God’s coming is marked by power and strength.
Power and strength is what Israel needed to fulfill her calling. Power and strength is what the Roman Christians facing Nero needed to fulfill their calling. Power and strength is what we need to raise large families on one income in a culture hostile to the Christian faith. Power and strength is what we need to overcome our avarice and apathy.
And the mighty one comes to dwell on each of us in the Holy Spirit. Every man, woman and child.
He comes to empower us. Acts 1:8“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Just as He came to equip the prophets. Judges 3:10“The Spirit of the LORD was upon him, and he judged Israel. He went out to war, and the LORD gave Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand.”
This has always been the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has always been the presence of God amongst God’s children, that empowers them to overcome the circumstances that are otherwise too much for them.
The things of God always require the work and power of God made available to us so that we can accomplish what we can’t on our own. If the Spirit of the Triune God dwells within you then the power of the Triune God dwells within you.
We are confronted every day with feats that are too much for us in our own power. We need the power of God to do the things God commands us to do. We can’t fulfill the law, we can’t love God or our neighbor as we are commanded to, which God’s goodness and Holiness requires, without the provision of God’s own strength.
Full of the Holy Spirit, we proclaim the Gospel in Word and deed and thereby the church fulfills its prophetic calling. By declaring that man’s problem is sin and Jesus is the cure, we fulfill our prophetic calling. To say that Jesus is the Lord of natural law and the dictionary, of genitalia, the family and of our feelings, we fulfill our prophetic calling.
Here in the wilderness of poofdom, where it’s harder and harder to tell the difference between a man and a woman, straight and gay, evil and good – we need that voice more than ever. We need a community built around that voice that is always preaching and teaching that same word – Jesus. We need men who lead by following Jesus and women who follow Jesus by following their man. Confess your love and fear of the world. Die and rise.
What sin has got you by the heart and soul? What word does your spouse and children need? What word does your church need? Who in your community and family needs repentance, baptism and the Lordship of Jesus Christ? The Word the world needs is Jesus. Are you willing to fight for it? Bleed for it? Die for it?
Is Jesus bigger than your circumstances? Bigger than the rainbow jihad? The abortion death camps? Your porn addiction? Your fear of man?
Is Jesus bigger than your anxiety and doubt? Bigger than your self-image and easy safe selfishness? Bigger than your insecurities? Is Jesus bigger and stronger than your sin?
John Mark, James, Peter and John the Baptizer urged the early Christians to repent of their lusts and wars, while emulating the prophets who proclaimed the judgements of God and resisted the evil rulers with patience and joy.
Jesus is the prophetic word. Proclaim Him. He is mighty, and He is with you by the Holy Spirit always.
Around the worldwide web
Part of our community life should be encouraging one another and enjoying the grace of God in our midst throughout the week. Part of our outreach ought to be spreading the Gospel message to as wide an audience as possible. Both in word and deed; in messages and actions. Social Media is a huge blessing and very affective megaphone if it is used in such a way. For the last month, we have spread our message to a wider and wider number of people and tried to foster thanksgiving in our midst by celebrating and proclaiming publicly – the goodness of the Lord in the good things He is doing.
If you want to help get the word out, follow us, share the posts and proclaim Redeemer’s message to your larger community. Boast in what the Lord is doing at Redeemer and be refreshed throughout the week between Lord’s day and Lord’s day. The Triune God is in our midst and He is mighty good.
Sermon recordings from website: http://redeemerlynnwood.com/sermons/
Pastor’s blog: https://theologyaspoetry.wordpress.com/
Thank you Lord for Sabbath rest, for work to fill the week, for the sacraments, sacred words of scripture and the fellowship of your body.
Deliver Redeemer Church out of the darkness of unbelief. Let us lift up the name of God in praise. Let us be renewed in Communion with you, washed in your word as your faithful bride, altered in heart and mind by grateful praise to you.
Let us be prepared for action, molded as a tool for the tearing down of strongholds and building of your kingdom.
Let Christ shine in our eyes and may the power of your spirit flow through us to the world. Bless our fellowship, our songs, our words of adoration and supplication, our hearing and our doing.
Bless our worship service and all our preparations for it. May our worship honor and delight you. May we be transformed by it.
In Christ, as Christ, for Christ,
Jered Leslie, Call
Byron Heward, Prayer
LADIES’ BOOK STUDY
Wednesdays July & August, 1PM; Contact Molly for info.
TRINITY MOM’S FELLOWSHIP
Tuesday, Aug 28, 10-noon at the Letsche home: 20330 74th Dr SE, Snohomish. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for childcare.
Start Sunday, September 16, 9AM. Kid classes for ages 4-7 and 8-12 need volunteers; see Jered for more info.
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