Sometimes people talk about Jesus as if he was a good person who gave sound advice about how to live well. A very different picture, however, emerges from the Gospels – those books of the Bible that tell the story of Jesus’ teaching and life. While it is true that Jesus was good, and that he did give helpful teaching, it is also true that the Jesus of the Gospels is not a tame figure that we can dismiss with mild approval.
This week we will be hearing a reading from the Gospels in which Jesus makes a claim on our personal allegiance. He gives a warning that only those who are willing to make following him their absolute number one priority –even above family, even above life itself – are worthy to be his disciples. As we think through what this means, we will consider how important it is to be called by Jesus, and to follow him in humility.
This week we will be meeting at 10:00am for a service with Holy Communion. The Sunday school will meet at about 10:45am.
Fraser Pearce, Pastor