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This Sunday – Sept 19

There’s a really good chance that you might be too good for Jesus.

I know that you can’t imagine that you are, and that it is obvious that you could never measure up to the goodness of Jesus, but don’t be too quick to dismiss your attempts to be good enough not to need Jesus.

This Sunday at the Gathering Church we began a series, The Prodigal God,  based on Timothy Keller’s book about one of the most famous stories Jesus ever told.  The core message of Jesus is in the Luke 15 story that is generally known as the Parable of the Prodigal Son.

To set up the story we will first look at some background.  What had Jesus done that led up to the story?  What were the circumstances that caused his critics to want an explanation of what Jesus was doing?

We’ll look at Luke 5:27-32, the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, when he first began to make decisions about the people with whom he would most associate.

Wouldn’t you think that if you wanted to build the kingdom of God you would start with the best people?  Not Jesus.  Good people didn’t even quality.  Why were the worst people the best for Jesus? 

We begin this week digging into the core experience of Jesus.

Also, this week we begin the sign-up for Home Groups that will focus on the Prodigal God series.  We are so eager to embrace the core message of Jesus that we think Home Groups are essential for t his series.  Sign-up begins this week.