From Pastor Joel –
Series: Prodigal God: Finding Your Place at the Table
Message This Week: Elder Brothers
Jesus introduces us to a new category for what it means to be spiritually lost in the character of the elder brother. The elder brother believes that, through his moral efforts and by following the rules, God owes him. However, Jesus' death on the cross teaches us that God doesn't owe us anything, instead, we owe God everything. Therefore, as a gospel community, we can't snobbishly look down on the poor and broken in our midst because we know that, apart from Christ, we are equally poor and broken.
This year’s advent theme is “Hometown Jesus.” We’ll be studying the places where Jesus was born and spent his youthful years. It is no accident that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, fled to Egypt, and was raised in Nazareth. Let’s learn why. And know too that your place of birth and your life in NW IN is no accident as well. A sovereign God plans with a purpose in mind!