Calvary FMC Newsletter

Published 7/29/19

Hello Calvary FMC Family!

Last Sunday I informed you that we were going to begin a series looking at some of the parables of Jesus in the gospel of Luke. I then joked with one of my parishioners in the lobby that a ‘parable’ could be defined as ‘two male cattle.’ 😉 A better definition would be one from Merriam-Webster which says that it is ‘a usually short fictitious story that illustrates a moral attitude or a religious principle.’

Jesus’ teachings are filled with these short stories designed to get across some religious truth to those with which he is speaking. Often that point is glaring and stands out so clearly that anyone would have difficulty not getting the point. On the other hand, we are going to hear Jesus himself say that he sometimes uses parables with the very intention of concealing his truth from those who are too hard headed to hear it. For example, following the Parable of the Sower, Jesus will declare in Luke 8:10 “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that SEEING THEY MAY NOT SEE, AND HEARING THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND.” Jesus is fine with explaining to us even the very deepest truths about the kingdom of God. But that teaching requires reciprocation on our parts. We must be willing to listen. Indeed, we must be willing to obey in order for us to understand what Jesus is trying to tell us.

In the next few weeks we are going to be looking at eight of these important parables found in the book of Luke. They are going to teach us things like how great love should follow great forgiveness, about the need of persistence in prayer, about what it means to love our neighbor, and how much God loves even the sinner who goes far astray.

Someone has said that ‘a picture paints a thousand words.’ There is something about an image that makes a truth come alive and appear so much clearer. So I hope you can join us in the next few weeks for these great pictures of Jesus which illustrate great religious truths. And who knows? Maybe I can simply put up a picture or two myself and shorten my sermons. We’ll see. 😉

Yes come and join us for this important sermon series as well as many other exciting events at CFMC.

  • Adult Sunday school each Sunday @ 9:00 in the Living Room followed by fellowship time @ 10:00
  • Sunday worship @ 10:30
  • Study & Prayer–Wednesday nights @ 6:30
    • If you haven’t joined us in the past, or if you haven’t been with us in a while, I encourage you to join us! Wednesday’s are always a great time of inter-generational discipleship. Right now we are in the midst of a study on the fruits of the Spirit.
  • Community Potluck–3rd Sunday of each month, following the service.
  • Serving Meals at the Hope Center the 2nd Wednesday of each month @ 5:00

Blessing on your week,

Pastor Brian