This is our first instruction and teaching from Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel. Jesus is teaching his disciples, but he also knows there is a crowd full of sinners, prostitutes, really religious people, and gentiles (not at all religious people) behind them. What’s he going to say? How’s he going to open? Maybe a joke? A story? A great illustration?
No. He starts with an announcement. Lucky are the unlucky. God is on the side of those whom there is no reason for God to be on their side. #blessed
WORSHIP & SERMON AUDIO
This is the message and selections of worship from Refuge.Church in Fort Myers, FL on the night of January 13th, 2018.
If you missed our Christmas service … through music, stories and scripture… we attempted to share the true story of Christmas. AND as we shared that story, we celebrated the birth of SAVIOR. A Savior who didn’t come to teach us how to be good people, but to be the light of the world. To meet our our rebellion with his rescue, our sin with his salvation, our guilt with his grace, and our badness with HIS goodness.
As a pastor, sometimes the Christmas story can feel like something I have to get through, so we can get back to the “good stuff” of the Bible; God’s grace and mercy. But as I looked at this genealogy at the start of Matthew’s Gospel, I was reminded that the “good stuff” is right in front of us.This one passage (a list of seemingly random names), is just dripping with God’s grace and mercy.
Included in this recording is our time of worship, lead for the first time by the Refuge.Youth band, and stick around for the end for a few Christmas carols as we roll into the Christmas season.
What a special night at Refuge Church. Our first ever “My Story” evening, in which three brave people boldly shared their stories. We heard struggles and failures. Hopes and dreams.
Often we think it’s our goodness that allows us to have a powerful impact on others. But the truth is, when we are honest and transparent with our stories, boasting not in anything we’ve done, but in the cross of Christ alone … that’s when we’ll have the greatest impact on those around us.
This past Saturday night we concluded our time in Paul’s letter to the Galatians. As Paul concludes this letter he gives like what comes like a bunch of unconnected statements. Tonight we do our best to connect these statements together, and tie them back to Paul’s ultimate theme of the true Gospel of Grace.
This week we look at Galatians Chapter 5. Paul says to STAND FIRM in our freedom. Most of us believe that Jesus saves us FROM something, but we don’t often consider what we’ve been saved TO. Paul says we’ve been saved TO love our neighbor.
Tonight Ben Fleming takes us through selections of Chapters 3 and 4 of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, as we explore the knowledge of being set free by the grace of God verses living a life of freedom. It’s not about you or your effort; it’s all about Jesus!
This week we look at Galatians Chapter 2. Religion verses the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many of us grew up thinking that Christianity was about filling up our good bucket, more than our bad, so that when God judges us, the good would outweigh the bad and he’d let us in the doors to Heaven. But that’s not what the bible says. That’s not the Gospel. And it’s what Paul is arguing against in his letter to the Galatians.