When Jesus read from Isaiah's prophecy in the synagogue, he pronounced his mission, vision and purpose. The life Jesus lived flowed out of commitment to the mission, vision and purpose that God placed in his life. Likewise, as Jesus' disciples, we will find fulfillment when we live into the mission, vision and purpose that God has revealed to us.
The mission of God through the Reynoldsburg church will take the intentional participation of all of its members. God has blessed this church with gifts, talents, interests and passions. It is in this spiritual atmosphere that God's glory shines brilliantly in our world and community.
The baptism of the Lord is a fascinating event. As the spotless lamb of God, he didn't need to be washed of his sins. So why was he baptized? The baptism of the Lord affords us an opportunity to learn more about the importance of our own baptisms and the privilege to offer the blessing of baptism to others.
The "Light" is a gift given by God for his people to live in among the blinding darkness of the world. In this light, we are given a directive to "arise" or "get up". Rescued out of darkness, we are able to see that God's glory and grace has been made available to everyone. As we reflect on that tremendous blessing, we will review and forecast the place of the Reynoldsburg Church of Christ in God's mission to rescue humankind out of darkness.
God's love for us has been demonstrated in the most powerful way when the messiah, who was promised long ago, gave his life as an offering for those he loves.
It would be cute if the story of Christ was only about a crib. But the truth is that it involved a cross.
It would be cute if the story of Christ was only about a mother soothing her child. But the truth is that later, a crying mother would be soothed by the words of comfort spoken by her son as he hung on a cross.
It would be cute if the story of Christ was only about a host of angels singing hymns from heaven. But the truth is that later, those same angels watched in horror as the son of God breathed his last.
The story of crib to cross is... the Christmas Gospel.