"Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people."
The Angel in Luke 2:10 bears witness To One Greater, whose presence in our lives results in joy. We will embrace the Advent season by looking at the witnesses to Jesus, expecting that as we do we will find greater joy!
While we settle in as a new congregation in Beaverton we are excited continue seeking God's presence and the unveiling of His kingdom through us. While we work our way through the Book of Acts we consistently see that the Holy Spirit is the Missionary - we, the church, are witnesses. This means, as we will see this week, that we embrace a life ready to hear and obey; following the example of Philip who joined in the work God was already doing.
"And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness." Acts 4:31
Colossae Beaverton launches this week!
Thank you to all who helped us move into the Beaverton High School Cafeteria this last Sunday! We are thankful for the space you helped create and cannot wait to gather this week at 10:00am.
"Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find."
The story Jesus tells in Matthew 22:1-14 compares the reality of God's kingdom to a Master who desires that all attend the wedding of His Son, and therefore share in His joy, people who are considered "both the good and the bad." That is our heartbeat at Colossae Beaverton as we move into the fall. Our God has joined us to Himself in utter grace so that we might share in His own eternal joy and sends us to share that joy with the world.
If ever there were a manifesto for life in God's kingdom, it is Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). We began our summer series of Colossae Beaverton Vision Nights with prayers longing for God's kingdom to break into our city and lives.
God's kingdom advances through weakness.
When Peter perceived and confessed the reality of Jesus' identity (Matthew 16:18), that Jesus was God's chosen and anointed Servant-King-the Christ, Jesus said that confession was the rock on which He would build His church. Jesus builds the church upon the reality of His own identity and work. We confess; Jesus builds.
Thank you to all the families who came out to our first info lunch yesterday in Tigard! I believe God is doing a beautiful work in us as we prepare to launch Colossae Beaverton. It didn't hurt to have tacos either!