Many thanks to neighbors and friends who joined Table folk in moving the Walters this weekend! Viva community!
This Saturday is The Table’s March Blessing. We will gather at 9:30am at the Walters’ “old” place at Bellingham Cohousing. From there we will load up vehicles and head to their “new” place a few blocks away. If we have enough help, we will also work on a couple projects at the new place. We’ll stop at noon (or so) and eat together.
Our next worship gathering will be on April 9th (location TBA)
Join The Table this Sunday at the Walters’ (contact us for directions) for a Table worship gathering. We’ll gather at 4:30pm for a shared meal. We will continue our Lent study of the Offices of Jesus (Prophet, Priest, King). This week we’ll look at Melchizedek as a precursor to Jesus. My hope is that we will see how awesome our Great Priest is!
Invite a friend; everyone is welcome!
The Offices of Christ are seen in His roles as prophet, priest and king. Reformed theologian, Louis Berkhof defines a prophet can be defined as one who: proclaim Gods will, interprets God’s law, calls people to live rightly according to Gods will and word, and points people to Gods promises. Let’s test his definition.
Read 1 Kings 18 and see if Elijah meets this definition.
*Where did Elijah proclaim Gods will?
*Where did Elijah interpret the law?
*Where did Elijah call people to live rightly according to Gods will and word?
*Where did Elijah point people to Gods promises?
Now read Matthew 5:43-48.
DOES JESUS MEET THE DEFINTION OF PROPHET? In Matthew 5:43-48, where does Jesus…
*Proclaim Gods will?
*Interpret the law?
*Call people to live rightly according to Gods will and word?
*Point people to Gods promises?
With prophets on our minds, why does the prophetic office matter and what does this have to do w/ Jesus? The prophet office reveals that God desires relationship w/ His people. GOD is the one who sends prophets. This holy God saw how His people were straying from Him, and sent prophets to call them back into right relations. Jesus is the perfect prophet, proclaiming the arrival of God’s Kingdom, fulfilling the law, calling people to live justly, and pointing us to a future where the truth will be realized.
I pray that we would listen and live into the call of Jesus.
Join The Table this Sunday at the Walters’ (contact us for directions) for a Table worship gathering. We’ll gather at 4:30pm for a shared meal. We will begin our Lent study of the Offices of Jesus (Prophet, Priest, King). This week we’ll look at Elijah as a precursor to Jesus. My hope is that this study will help us look at Christ in a different way, as we strive to follow in His way. Invite a friend; everyone is welcome!
During the season of Lent, it is customary to “give something up.” The reason for many is displace distractions to better focus on the work of Christ. Regrettably, the “giving up” often usurps the act of focusing. So may I offer a way we can focus on Jesus. I’d like to offer not a method of focusing, but rather a different angle of looking at Christ.
Since the Reformation one way to speak of Jesus is to speak of His “offices,” the office of Prophet, Priest, and King. This angle is not the first option of how many speak of Jesus, and so my hope is that it will help us consider the work of Jesus in a different way. So during the season of Lent, we at The Table will be studying the Offices of Christ to help us prepare ourselves for the celebration of Resurrection. Each week I will offer a reflection on a given office. I pray it will give life to your prayers and meditation of how Jesus operates in the world today.
Here’s a quick introduction of the topic. Louis Berkhof, a Reformed theologian from the middle 20th century, speaks of the Offices of Christ in a concise manner. In his book, Manual of Christian Doctrine, he says:
“Man, as he was created by God, was intended to function as prophet, priest, and king. Hence he was endowed with knowledge and understanding, with righteousness and holiness, and with dominion over the lower creation. The entrance of sin into the world affected the whole man and made it impossible for him to function properly in his three-fold capacity as prophet, priest and king. He is subject to the power of error and deception, of unrighteousness and moral pollution, and of misery and death. Christ came as the ideal man and for the purpose of restoring man to his original condition, and as such necessarily functioned as prophet, priest and king.”
This weekend is our monthly Hospitality weekend. We are a church on mission, and so we intentionally schedule time for our folks to spend time w/ neighbors and friends – doing what they’re doing, inviting them over, and/or serving w/ them. May you be blessed as you reach out this weekend.
Our next gathering will be at the Walters for worship on March 12th.
We looking to start a small group lasting 5-6 weeks, looking at N.T. Wright’s book Simply Jesus. As a church on mission, we are continually invited to study Jesus, pray for His presence, and seek to imitate His ways. My hope is that by studying this book today, we will be able to learn from the Master in a way that will feed us and give us new energy to share Him with those around us.
If you are interested in join us, contact me and we will figure out a time/day together to meet, pray, and learn together.
Here’s the Amazon right up on the book:
In Simply Jesus, bestselling author and leading Bible scholar N.T. Wright summarizes 200 years of modern Biblical scholarship and models how Christians can best retell the story of Jesus today. In a style similar to C.S. Lewis’s popular works, Wright breaks down the barriers that prevent Christians from fully engaging with the story of Jesus. For believers confronting the challenge of connecting with their faith today, and for readers of Timothy Keller’s The Reason for God, Wright’s Simply Jesus offers a provocative new picture of how to understand who Jesus was and how Christians should relate to him today.
Join The Table this Sunday at the Walters’ (contact us for directions) for a Table worship gathering. We’ll gather at 4:30pm for a shared meal. We will then conclude our study of 1 Thessalonians (looking at 4:13-5:11), where we have been asking, “How shall we live on mission?” Invite a friend; everyone is welcome!
The rhythms of The Table (hospitality, discipleship, and blessing) are our mission, our values, and the vision of how we see Christ calling us to live. We are in a season focusing on Hospitality. So what do we mean by this?
Hospitality is the rhythm of creating space in our lives and inviting others into relationship, where life and faith are shared. Envision a recent party at The Table, where friends were sharing a meal and fun with neighbors and those from the church. Hospitality is when the circles of “my” life purposefully overlap with the circles of “your” life.
Will you join us in showing Hospitality to those around us?