This experience of Leap of Faith has been a crazy, wonderful, scary, fun and intense all at the same time. We have experienced the increased energy of the synchronized and unified focus. But this year we’re kicking it up a notch.
√ we’re in a single book of the Bible – Mark
√ we’re reading it everyday
√ we’ve got the bible, the commentary and the prayer guide all on audio
√ we’re preaching, as much as possible, on stuff we’ve read THAT week, in this last weekend’s case, that DAY!
√ our small groups are unpacking these prayers and readings and some cool REAL stuff is surfacing.
√ we’re seeing a noticeable increase in our already high number of new people that check out Journey. (Thus last week’s parking pledge).
This last week we found ourselves in the part of the gospel story in which “Jesus taught them many things in parables”. This was Jesus’ main way of explaining what the Kingdom of God was like.
We took a look at the longest, most explained, most repeated parable, variously known as the parable of the sower, the parable of soils, seed (you get the point). Jesus says that this is something of an interpretive Rosetta stone of the parables.
Mark 4:13 And He *said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How will you understand all the parables?
Interestingly, to me at least, this central parable is about “sowing” – scattering seed. Our leap of faith that Mark is encouraging us to take looks a lot like investing. To get some of the pathos of this story we need to remind ourselves that there was another thing the guy with the seed could have done with the bag of seed. He could have ground it up, made bread and ate it. But he cast it, threw it around knowing that the results were mostly out of his hands. Sounds like a LEAP OF FAITH!
Let me say again, it’s not to late to take this Leap of Faith with us. Go to www.journeycommunitychurch.com/leap and get all dialed in.