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Join us each Sunday at 10:30 am for infant care and Sunday School for children in Grade 5 or yonger.

 Mom's and Dad's we have a nursery for toddlers under age two.  Drop around to look at our facilities and talk to our staff.

 

 

For Youth

 Youth activities and programming are ongoing.  Please contact the Chapel Secretary for current and upcoming events.

For Adults

Men, join other men, for thoughtful teaching and prayer, as well as special conferences and events.
Women, we have weekly activities just for you, as well as periodic special events.
GOSPEL OF LUKE - WINTER/SPRING 2018 Print E-mail

 

Does God Have a Plan?

the Gospel of Luke

 

Many have undertaken to draw up an account

of the things that have been fulfilled among us … Lk 1.1

 

 

Theophilus. There's a name you don't come across every day! He was the fellow Luke dedicated his 2-volume work to. We know it as Luke & Acts in the Bible. Why did Luke write Luke? As best we can tell, Theophilus needed help working out some of the puzzling events of the recent past recorded in the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts.

 

 A lot had happened that didn't add up:

 

a royal birth without the usual fanfare

a Jewish messiah most Jews didn't recognize

a compelling vindication (resurrection) and an unexpected return to heaven

initially Jewish, the Christian movement turned largely Gentile

a promised kingdom that doesn't quite come … yet

 

What was Theophilus to make of it all? So many loose ends. So many unanswered questions. Was he starting to have second thoughts about following Jesus?

 

Luke the physician [Col 4.14] takes up the challenges faced by Theophilus and countless others since. He skillfully narrates the life of Jesus, careful to emphasize that what had happened was the outworking of a Plan, God's plan. The present state of affairs revealed the presence and action of God in our broken-down, salvation-needy world.

 

Like Theophilus, we sometimes wonder what God is doing in our day. These are not easy times to be a Christian.

 

persecution is on the rise

time-honored institutions are crumbling

values, once held sacred, are unraveling

Christian faith is rejected

 

Could it be that our times are actually part of God's plan? Rather than fearing God has stepped away from history, could it be that he is working through the chaos of our times? What if his Plan included things we chaff at? Maybe the good doctor had a point …

 

Come see for yourself as we explore the Gospel of Luke.

 

Join us on Sunday, April 22nd as Terry Wiebe teaches from Luke 5:1-11, 27-32 titled "Calling Disciples".  The famous anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has".  Makes me wonder if she ever read the Gospels!  As Jesus recruits followers, He also reveals Himself in ways that are suggestive of what it looks like to be 'on mission' with Jesus. 

 

Please feel welcome to join us any Sunday at 10:30AM as we worship together with singing (a mix of contemporary & traditional), prayer, expository teaching from the scriptures, and communion, all followed by fellowship over “coffee & sweets”.  In addition, on the last Sunday of the month, we also meet from 9-10AM for a special service of communion, sharing and hymns.  Everyone is welcome to join us as we worship God together!

 

 

 

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