Easter is coming! This is the season in which churches all over the world spend time in the Gospels. In the recent past New Life has spent a lot of sermon time in Matthew, Mark and Luke, so it feels like the proper moment to turn to the Gospel of John!
This week I have been working on a book of meditations on knowing God that will be reissued in January. They are based on Moses’ meeting with the Lord in Exodus 33 and 34. One of the meditations is on the Ten Commandments and I thought I would pass it along as a good summary of our series and an introduction to our series in Galatians. (Once the book comes out I will let you know—I hope many at New Life will find it helpful.)
Our church has a long history of taking seriously our role in protecting children who participate in our Children’s and Youth Ministries. We consider it a joy to welcome children from infancy onward as a part of our church family, and to share with parents the obligation and privilege to instruct boys and girls in Christ.
Last Sunday was the membership class for students in junior and senior high school. It’s one of my favorite classes to teach. In our study guide, we’re reminded that membership has a long history dating back to when Abraham was called by God. It’s much the same today. We respond by faith to God’s rescuing us through Jesus Christ by saying ‘yes’ to the church which Jesus called His Body. It’s an amazing thing to see our students step up and say ‘yes’ to the church by making a public declaration of their faith in Jesus.
I returned, together with the rest of the India Team, a week ago today to JFK Airport on a massive Emirates airliner from Delhi via a surreal and bleary-eyed turn through Dubai in the middle of the night. Everything was as we had left it–except the snow had melted. Thank you, New Life, for sending us and blessing us on our way, and for your prayers for us throughout. We’d like to invite you to join us on Sunday evening, May 31, for a delicious Indian dinner and thorough report. But for now, just a few thoughts from me.