25 But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, 28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”Matthew 20:20-28
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What is Lent Part 5: Matthew 20:20-28
Holy Week Ecumenical Services: The Holy Week Ecumenical Services will air on KIOW at 7:30PM on Maunday Thursday (Thursday Night) and Good Friday (Friday Night).
Good Friday Reflection Service: We will end Lent with a Good Friday Reflection service at 3:00PM. The service will be broadcast live on our YouTube Channel. Those who wish to attend are asked to enter quietly before the service and leave quietly afterwards. This will be part of our regular Friday Prayer Service.
Thank you from the Thank you from The Hartman’s: Gene and I would like to thank everyone for the prayers and concerns during Gene’s Hospital stay and once returning home. He is progressing as expected.
Friday Prayer: Friday Prayer Friday from 8AM-5PM Rev. Jonathan will also be on Facebook Live at 9:30AM.
March Food Pantry Needs:
Cereal, Juice, Pancake mix, Syrup, Jam, Cookie mix
Why we ask you to come talk to us:
When we got here and almost 2 times a month since we have said that if you have a question or concern or if you are offended by something you need to come to and set up a time to meet during office hours. There are a number of reasons for this, for one thing, we want to have healthy relationships with you as a church and when you call another Church Member or friend in town instead of coming to talk to me, or you keep it to yourself, or we hear it laundered through another person it is smpossible for us to address these concerns. But there are scriptural reasons as well.
The first in Matthew 18:15-20, while this passage applies directly to church discipline, part of healthy church relationships is open and honest dialouge in search of biblical truth, peacemkaing and reconciliation. So, if your brother sins again you, you, the individual sinned against, needs to go directly to your brother after a cooling down period. This also ensures that you have the log removed from your eye before you deal with the speck in your brothers. It is important to note that in Matthew 18, it is the offended party, or the party that has questions, that goes to the offending party or the party that they need clarification from. If the offended party does not do that, but instead tries to launder the complaint through someone else, at that point it is rumor and gossip and even divisive, it’s not a biblically mature handling of the situation.
The second verse is Matthew 5:21-28, this passage on reconciliation tells us 1. Not to be angry with our brother and 2. If we know our brother is angry at us, we are to go to them and seek reconciliation before we are dragged before the magistrate. Again, that brother needs to hear abou the offense, from the offended party. Hearing about it from the offended party gives the brother the chance to work through the process of reconiliation and peacemaking. Your brothers and ssiters are not mind readers, neither is your pastor. And if the offended party reaches out to you to seek peace and reconciliation and understand your position and you ignore them, or you do not respond to them, you are the one inviting judgement on your head, not the brother who tried to reach out to you.
Finally, as we saw when we were going through Philippians last summer Christians should not participate in grumbling. Paul writes: “Do all things without murmuring and arguing, so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemeish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation.” (3:14-15). Again, if, instead of going to your brother or sister to resolve issues you choose to grumble and murmer among yourselves, Scripture stands in judgment over you.
These are the things that kill a church, these are the things that need to be repented of and acknowledged, and if we do not put these sins aside, we will face judgement, not eternal life. That is a hard, it is uncomfortable, but as we saw with our passage this week, if we do not show mercy to each other and to outsiders because of Christ’s mercy to us, we will, WILL be turned over to the torturer. As a Church, if these activities continue we move to the 3rd passage on Church Discipline, Titus 3:10: “As for those who stir up division, warn them once, warn them twice and afterward have nothing to do with them.” We should all prayt nothing ever gets to that.
Rev. Jonathan David Faulkner