Rescue stories are inspiring. In many rescue scenarios heroes emerge, lives are salvaged, and hope is reestablished. Rescue stories often bring out the best in humanity. What is the profile of one who rescues? Is there a list of descriptive qualities? Do life circumstances somehow prepare those who redeem for “the moment?”
The life of Jesus is a rescue narrative. He came with a singular mission “to seek and save those who are lost” (Luke 19:10). With words and with actions, Jesus demonstrated that he is the rescuer.
Throughout April we will sketch a profile of the rescuer, Jesus. The unforeseeable impact of Jesus changed everything!
“How you made me is amazing and wonderful. I praise you for that. What you have done is wonderful. I know that very well.” Psalm 139:14
The word “made” denotes thoughts of creativity, purpose, and love. If something is made or created, it has intrinsic value and an objective. Everything God has created is unique and one of a kind, including people created in his image. Every person is an original reflection of God.
Throughout March, we will discover the deep love God has for what he has made – you! Allow “MADE” to give you an enlarged picture of God who created you on purpose and for a purpose!
A conundrum is an intricate and difficult problem. It can also be described as anything that puzzles. For example, is technology an equalizer or a polarizer? If you try to fail, but you succeed, which have you done? What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years? These are conundrums!
What is puzzling about mercy? Is extending compassion to others a true problem? After all, Jesus modeled it. He commanded that those who follow him implement mercy into their lives. Mercy should not be mysterious. HOWEVER…in the struggle to survive, provide, and live comfortably, mercy is often dismissed or diminished. Mercy is inconvenient. Messy. Antiquated. Costly. Counter-cultural. YET…it is desperately needed in a world starving for merciful interactions between neighbors and enemies.
Ready to move toward others with compassion? Ready to unleash the power of mercy in an unmerciful world?
Join ValleyPoint Church as we unpack the scandalous story Jesus shared about a “Good Samaritan.” Through this story we will seek to solve the puzzle of mercy through a four-step pattern: See. Go. Do. Endure.
The Mercy Conundrum
Happy New Year and welcome to ValleyPoint’s “Life Verse” series. Since 2013, this annual series has started the year with an emphasis on choosing a verse (or two) to challenge, encourage, and sustain.
Why continue? Life Verse 2019 will help us view Scripture as a mentor, guide, and close friend. Life Verse 2019 will help all look to the ancient words of the Bible as something that “humbles us, critiques us, and encourages us with God’s love and grace despite our flaws” (Keller, The Prodigal Prophet, p. 106).
Scripture matters! Join ValleyPoint Church as we answer the “why?” of choosing a life verse and then search together for words to serve as a “lamp to our feet” (Psalm 119:105).