Connecting 1: Compassion

Series  Overview: This TOTAL 5-week series is centered on clearly understanding our identity as followers of Jesus, the Gospel of Jesus, and the motivation of a Gospel-integrated life.  It also explores the resulting connections we have with Jesus, the church, and our community. Clearly connecting is a great summary of the Chrisitan life. Working through the Gospel of Luke and the New Testament history book of The Acts of the Apostles we will be better prepared to live a Gospel-integrated life. How does the Gospel connect with real life and real people? How will we be prepared to give an account to others of the life we know and experience in Jesus?   

Compassion, part 5: Grieving
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus:  We ache. It seems so final. It can never be repaired or restored. What once filled our lives with blessing and fullness, is now gone. Jesus is life. He has the power over death. The resurrection and the life is a sign that there will indeed be a resurrection and a reunion. All is not lost. Death is not the end. Grief does not have the final word.

Main Text:  Luke 7:11-17


Compassion, part 4: Censured
Pastor Jeff Meyer


Focus: Bottom line, or compassion? Are these two mutually exclusive? Does it have to be one or the other? In order to get ahead in this world do you have to silence your Divinely-stirred inclination to be generous and gracious? Not always easy to do the “right thing” is it? Sometimes the “right thing” gets censured even by people in our inner circle. What shall we do then?

Main Text: Luke 6:6-11 (while referencing the other 4 stories in Luke 5:12-6:5)

Compassion, part 3: Guilty
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus:  Have you ever really screwed up so bad that you thought you don’t deserve another chance? Unworthy to get another opportunity you think that your only plea is “Go away from me, Lord. I am a sinful person.” There is a gift waiting for you today. One that will transform your life. And, He calls you. From fruitlessness to accomplishment, and uselessness to being needed, He invites you. 

Main Text: Luke 5:1-11


Compassion, part 2: Tempted
Pastor Matt Wipperman

Focus:  Every person wrestles with their desire for more, their need for control, and their longing to be respected. It is part of the human condition. The enemy of every human soul seeks to have us accept a counterfeit solution to our dilemma. And, Jesus intercepts him for us. He withstands the ultimate temptation and becomes in Himself the answer to our searching. He alone satisfies, empowers, and esteems. 

Main Text: Luke 4:1-13


Compassion, part 1: Orphaned
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus:  John the Baptist delivers a fiery message that doesn’t obviously evoke the theme of compassion. Interestingly, however, his very name “Yokhanán” means “Yahweh has compassion.” John’s tough message is nevertheless an offer of compassion from God, an opportunity to be forgiven, cleansed in the water from sins, if one would repent. There are many well-functioning adults (not to mention unwell-functioning adults) who feel like orphans...because of their parent’s alcoholism, criminal behavior, abandonment, codependency, and more. Some have tried to cope by keeping it a secret, some by clinging to another parental figure. The good news  to the orphaned is that in Christ, they have an honorable family name in Abraham and a true Father in God.

Main Text: Luke 3:1-20