Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”
This January of 2016 we begin a journey through the New Testament in 90 days. This will take us through Jesus’ life four times as we read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John over the first four weeks. Every week we will hear from another witness of the life and works of Jesus Christ. His is the only story in the Bible that has four entire books dedicated to it. God really, really wants us to know Jesus. Through Jesus, God wants us to know Himself. Jesus said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” For anyone wishing to see God, this is it.
Next we will witness the Holy Spirit’s coming to give birth to the church as we walk through the story of the first followers of Jesus and see how His kingdom spread from Jerusalem and Judea into the Gentile world of the Roman empire and all the way to the capitol city of Rome itself. Paul speaks of members of Ceaser’s household being followers of Jesus Christ (Phil. 4:22).
Then we turn to the letters to the churches, preachers, and individuals and get to read the mail written to fellow Christians of the first century! Just imagine, this gives us insider information about the faith and lives, struggles and victories of people living almost 2000 years ago. One thing that is striking is that nothing seems to have changed. We face the same struggles and enjoy the same victories in Christ that they did.
Finally, we reach the grand finale of the Bible, the book of Revelation. Jesus gives a message to seven churches in Asia, encouraging them and warning them, with words of authority and divine love. Heaven is opened before us and we are again given inside information about the workings of good verses evil in our world. How bad can it get? Very bad. But evil does not win. There is a final end to all evil and a glorious reward to all the faithful. The path is difficult but the great reward is not worth comparing to the trials along the way.
Do yourself a favor. Join us in this journey through the New Testament in 90 days. Take part in one of our small groups that gather to share and pray through this journey. Listen to the voice of God and discover His goodness and gifts to you.