GCT Weekly Newsletter

Preparing for Easter and Why Jesus Came to die

Good morning church.   As we enter this season where we as the Church focus on and celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, let us prepare our hearts to receive and understand why Jesus came to earth to die.  As we go through the gospel of Luke we are watching the story unfold of Jesus coming to fulfill all righteousness for us by becoming all sinfulness for us.  Please, let us as a church prepare together by going through this free e-book by John Piper, Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die.  Each reason is covered in two pages or less so you and your family can use this in your daily devotions preparing our hearts to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.


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Jesus lived every second of His life for our salvation as much as He died for our salvation

Hey GCT:  Some life changing thoughts spring from this weeks Scripture in Luke 3.  Jesus came to receive the baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins from John the Baptist.  Stop, and take that in to your mind and ponder that.  Jesus, the perfectly righteous Son of God, born of God, sinless Man, in no need of forgiveness or repentance gets in the baptism line with every other sinner in the world and says baptize me with the same baptism as the sinners.


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The Refining Fire of the Holy Spirit – Is never destructive

Well GCT here is some amazing news on this rainy day and for every day.  Are you ready… Jesus baptizes with the Holy Spirit and Fire.  As John the Baptist’s popularity grew people thought that he could be the long promised Christ.  How did the humble Spirit-filled John the Baptist respond?  He responded with a description of the differences in baptism between Jesus and himself.  Is that what you would expect?  John explains why he is not the Christ by explaining how his baptism is different that Christ’s baptism.  I was not expecting that.


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Twelve year old Jesus-Scolded by His Mother-WWJD

Hey GCT:  We have arrived at the post-nativity stories of Jesus in Luke’s Gospel.  The first twelve years of Jesus’ life are summed up in Luke 2:40 “…the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon Him.”  We see in the verses following (2:41-52) the only story of Jesus during his first three decades of living.  This is the only glimpse we have of Jesus until He turned thirty years old.   These are important truths to show us who the twelve year old Jesus knew He was to be.  The young Jesus knew who He was.  He was not struggling with who He was.  This is such an important transition Scripture that prepares us for the Jesus that is coming next that we learn in the rest of the Luke’s Gospel.  The feel good baby Jesus is about to be replaced by the Jesus that demands to be Lord as an adult.  We see here that at twelve years old Jesus is perfectly at peace with who He was, the Son of God.


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Righteous – Devout – Watching – Filled – A great testimony!

Hey GCT:  God loves it when His people live holy and righteous lives in the ordinary, mundane routine days, months and years that we live.  This week as we pick back up in Luke 2, we meet Simeon.  A man that shows up in the story of the Gospel and then leaves as quickly as he arrives.  We do not know much about him but he is righteous, devout, watching for the Messiah and the Holy Spirit was upon him (Luke 2:25).  That would be a tremendous testimony to have as a believer.  Do you know what devout means?  Devout means committed, fervent, heartfelt.  We don’t know Simeon’s occupation because it does not matter.  It does not matter if he was a tent maker, shepherd, carpenter, or fill in the blank.  What matters to God is that he was righteous, devout, watching for the Messiah and used by the Holy Spirit.  This kind of life was counter-cultural to the society that he lived in.  It was even counter-cultural for those in Israel.  He was most likely a senior adult.  Simeon was a very important witness to recognize and affirm that Jesus was the Messiah.  The Senior Citizen Simeon was used by God at affirm Jesus as the Son of God.  Simeon had a great task given to him that he worked hard to fulfill even late in his life.


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We are the Household of God

Hey GCT:  Have you thought recently about being a steward and a servant in the Household of God?  You and me are part of a local church called GCT that God looks down as His household.  What an amazing thought and metaphor for how God views his local church.  Think of what God’s household would be like.  But first put aside any thoughts that deal with the structure or the building.  That is not what God is trying to convey to us.  He is wanting you to understand that HIs household is made of people and relationships – sweet relationships, there is comfort in His household because there is an unconditional acceptance grace and forgiveness.  There is security, provision, power, boldness, excitement, purpose, hope and love in God’s household.  God’s household is made up of loving stewards and servants that love one another and care for one another as the Father of the household cares for us.

 

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