This Sunday is Confirmation Sunday and it also fits very well into our WayPoints Series which will conclude on April 30th. We have spent the past two school years encountering God and His people. It has been quite a journey with all kinds of ups and downs along the way. Some things never change.
Another thing that never changes is that we find God in it all. He is there when we are at our best and He is there when we are in a pit. He confronted Adam and Eve with their sinfulness and today He will not let us be comfortable with our sin either. He called Abraham, Moses, Mary and Paul to serve in His kingdom and He is calling us to serve in that same kingdom building project today. God Almighty patiently persevered and continued to love Israel and the Church through it all; He does the same for Oak Hill and the Confirmands today.
God has given us these ancient and relevant WayPoints in His Word to be eternally present. Our lives reach back to the same truths for us today and the stories of Scripture travel across the years to the moments that make up our lives in 2017. This Sun-day Erica and Henry will declare that they are connected to the WayPoints of Scripture in general and all that is theirs through Jesus in particular.
The WayPoint on Sunday at Oak Hill will be a spot where God’s people gather together and celebrate our faith that has been passed down from generation to generation. It truly is a moment to rejoice when the young generation declares to the old that “your God is my God and your hope is my hope”. What could be better than that? Please remember to pray for Erica Bang and Henry Long this Sunday and expect to be blessed as they confess their faith to you this Sunday.
Also, on May 7th we will begin a new series that will run through August that I am excited about. The name of the series is “Today…” and it is walking us through the book of Hebrews. The theme verse comes from 13:8 where the writer declares “Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.” This book does an fantastic job of uniting the Old Testament promises and prophecies with the ultimate fulfillment in Jesus.
In Grace and Truth,
There is a tremendous amount of pressure to be impressive. We are affirmed when we look impressive, sound impressive and act impressive - as defined by our culture. Have you ever felt this pressure or created it? I am guessing very few of us have not bumped up against this one way or another.
The examples of this tendency go on and on. We like to be a part of something that is impressive in one way or another. On the other side of the spectrum are people that are an absolute blessing to the people around them. Have you ever met someone that doesn’t feel any need to draw attention to themselves or their experiences? They are in the moment to hear your story or build you up and it is a beautiful thing. Could Oak Hill be made up of a group of these people?
As Palm Sunday and the Triumphal Entry of Jesus approach, we are reminded again that the followers of Jesus wanted Him to be impressive. I can’t think of another person who ever lived that was even close to being as impressive as Jesus. But Jesus was most impressive in His amazing humility. No one ever faced as much temptation as Jesus to be impressive. The temptation for Jesus was simply to be who He naturally was and give us what we naturally deserve – not grace and mercy!
As the “HOSANNAS” rose from the crowd it was easy for everyone to join in on the impressive proclamation of an impressive new king – in this moment Jesus was acting impressive in a way humanity naturally defines it! But the part of the story that is truly amazing is the fact that Jesus was well aware of the Cross that was to come and He fully comprehended that the praises would continue only if He remained “impressive”. But…
Now, that is really impressive!
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus… Philippians 2.3-5
Let’s follow our “Always Impressive” King,
Pastor Nick Mundis