Teaching the Gospels — The First Days of Ministry 1

“Why do you come to church on Wednesday nights?” I asked my class. “Don’t tell me — write your answers down and pass them over. And don’t put your name on there — I want to know what you really think.” I also asked them to answer a question about the importance of our upcoming Holly Hill Workday at Wilkerson. Wilkerson Street is Frankfort’s school for kids with behavioral and social difficulties that make attendance at their regularly zoned school overly disruptive and challenging. The building and grounds are a wreck, and one of the teachers is a brother in Christ. Holly Hill is getting involved. I’m raying that our involvement will not be a one-shot deal, but a continuing relationship. I’m planning on integrating the workday into the next couple of lessons on the life of Christ.

This week, we moved on from baptism and temptation to John’s first three ministry stories: the calling of Andrew, Peter, and the unnamed disciples; the calling of Philip and Nathanael; and the wedding at Cana. I suspect that many of John’s audience came to the Jordan for the same reasons my friends come to church: to draw closer to God, because their family went, because friends went, because John was cool! But our characters, at least, are looking for something — and they trust John enough to know he is not the end of their quest. So when he points them in the direction of Jesus, they’re off like a shot.

They’re on a quest for the Messiah. Little do they know, NT Wright says, that the Messiah is looking for them! Looking for Jesus is one of the best reasons there is to gather with other believers, but never forget that Jesus is on the move looking for you. When you find each other, your life will never be the same.

in HIS love,


About Nick Gill

orphan-poet-adoptee-soldier-prodigal-servant-husband- counselor-desperate seeker after my Father's face "I feel my body weakened by the years as people turn to gods of cruel design. Is it that they fear the pain of death, or is it that they fear the joy of life?" - Toad the Wet Sprocket

Posted on 16 March, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I don’t know if anything has had more of an impact on my life of late than the realization that in my quest for discipleship, Jesus has likewise been pursuing me. There are things that have happened in my life for which I have no earthly explanation, but I am persuaded that its the truth of James 4:8. When my pursuit of God became genuine, I think he came running to me.

  2. I love the question you asked your Wednesday evening class. I find it incredibly interesting, at least for me personally….no sooner than I became convinced that one is not automatically bound for hell for missing Wednesday night class, I found my attitude and excitement about being there on Wednesday night to be much more authentic and real.

    Great thoughts as usual, Nick!

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