Today we'll connect with the JYF (Junior Youth Fellowship of 6th-8th graders) lesson from Sunday about Paul in Acts chapter 22. Paul is being criticized, accused and imprisoned for following and teaching about Jesus. Although Paul never knew Jesus in person, Paul's conversion from persecutor to apostle completely changed his life. He was so enamored with Jesus' vision of life that he was willing to proclaim a new way of living even to the point of persecution and imprisonment. He causes such a stir for the Pharisees and Romans that they consider executing him. However, they have do not have a clear case against a man that refuses to use violence to further his cause.
This Advent, have we found a vision for the kingdom of God (nation/neighborhood of God) with Jesus Christ as Lord/King/President/Major? Do we live in such a way, that we are willing to be criticized by religious leaders, civic leaders, the wealthy, and our neighbors? Do we live in such a way that brings hope to the grieving, forgotten, left out, poor, marginalized and oppressed? Are we willing to continue difficult relationships and conversations with people we disagree with? This Advent do we really realize that the coming Messiah brings such an inspirational vision for life that people such as Paul are willing to be imprisoned and die for it?
We wait for Christ as we wait for inspiration.
We wait for Christ as we wait for a message of hope.
We wait for Christ as we wait for a conversion to peace.
We wait for Christ as we wait to hear Christ call us personally.
We wait for Christ as we wait to be imprisoned.
We wait for Christ as we wait to be challenged.
We wait for Christ as we wait for death.
We wait for Christ as we wait for new life.
We wait for Christ as we wait for ___.
We wait for Christ.
Events & Evites:
Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.