[Beyond Sunday] Washed by Grace 4

Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing… Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach…He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish…

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”  A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.”  He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.

-John 21:1-19 (selected)

Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  Our need for Christ, and for a community, remains the same age to age. But the world keeps changing at an ever quicker pace and how we share the God’s grace has to change from time to time too.  The good news is God is always ready to do a new thing and call His children home.   [hear sermon audio]

 

This week, take some time to go deeper.  Ponder your own baptism, or what being baptized could mean for your life.  Read and reflect on these scriptures and questions.

Texts to read:

  • Isaiah 43:1-3, 8-14, 18-19
  • Matthew 28:16-20

Questions to ponder:

  • Who first invited you to church?
  • What difference has being a part of a church made in your life?
  • Who in your circle might need to be invited?

Do and share:

  • Invite someone to church.  Offer to pick them up or meet them at the door; to sit with them; and take them to brunch or lunch afterwards.
  • Pray about who you might intentionally mentor over the next year.

 

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