Friday First - From Compassion to Action to Glory

We serve a relational God, who seeks to identify with His creation. The concept of this type of God was revolutionary, not only during the first century, but in the entire history of human existence. God is the Savior-God. No other religion has that. To save us, He gave us Jesus, who has called us as disciples. We take up our cross and lead people to Him.
Jesus is the Son of God, who moves with compassion and power. In Luke 7.11-17, He illustrates this by raising the only son of a widow woman from the dead. Its the only place in the gospels where this story is mentioned and is one of three instances where Jesus raises a person from the dead.

For the story to happen Jesus had to be on board with Spirit’s mission. In other words, He made Himself available to be used for God’s purpose. In this case, it is to demonstrate His deity by resurrecting a man from the dead. When He did, those who saw it knew God had come to help. We can use this story as inspiration for our participation in the mission today.

On Sunday we will examine Luke 7.11-17 and learn about:
  • Providence
  • Compassion
  • Power
  • Proclamation

As you prepare for worship on Sunday, please give consideration to these questions:
  • How was the death of an only son regarded by the Jews? Why?
  • What protocols does Jesus break through as He stops the funeral procession to interact with the woman and ultimately heal her son?
  • How was an emotional God so different from the prevailing Greco-Roman worldview?
  • What was the reaction of the people when the young man was healed? What did they say afterward?
  • What are some things we can do today to show the world how much Jesus cares and helps?

Those Serving

OPENING / WELCOME
Cain Atkinson

SONG LEADER
Jason Schofield

PRAYER OF PRAISE
Ryan Fraser

LORD'S SUPPER
James Johnson

SCRIPTURE READING
Matt Ringle
Luke 7.11-17

PREACHING
Matthew Allen

CLOSING COMMENTS & PRAYER
Russ Robins

WELCOME CENTER
Pat Reeder / Diann Coffman

USHERS (arrive @ 9)
Jim Rutter / Dan Spargo

Closing the Building
John Key

Matthew Allen

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