MESSAGE SERIES || Committed To Christ: Essential Practices of a Disciple

Week 1: Committed To Christ: What Makes A Disciple A Follower Of Jesus Christ?
Week 2: Committed To Christ: A Life Lived As A Praying Disciple
Week 3: Committed To Christ: Study, Being An Informed Disciple
Week 4: Committed To Christ: Worship, A Living Hallelujah
Week 5: Serving To Know Your Gifts
Week 6: Witness
Week 7: Generosity


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Rev. Mike Palermo
November 22, 2020
This is Christ the King Sunday on the church Lectionary calendar. It is also the season of Thanksgiving and this Thursday, in the midst of a pandemic, we will take time to reflect and give thanks for all that God has blessed us with—something we should do every day. Our Gospel reading today points to Jesus’ vision of a real and future event—his second coming. It also is a not so subtle picture of the many ways we can and should respond to God’s love. And all of this serves to remind us of the personal relationship we have with God.
Rev. Mike Palermo
November 1, 2020
This passage of Revelation takes notice of who the saints are, how they are dressed, and what they have experienced. To get at the heart of the lesson for our lives though, we must answer the question, “Are we living a resurrection life?
Rev. Mike Palermo
October 25, 2020
Asking the right question, that is the path to truth. Jesus answers the Pharisee’s question but sets an expectation they had not considered. He then asked them a question and it was so difficult for them they decided not to ask him any more questions. What is the lesson for us? What is Jesus expecting from us as his followers.
Rev. Mike Palermo
October 18, 2020
We are seeking to make these essential practices the habits that transform our lives and deepens our relationship with God. And so, it may seem a strange topic to be discussing money, specifically giving, as an essential spiritual practice. Jesus knew that “our relationship with money can either sabotage our spiritual life or deepen and support it.”
Rev. Mike Palermo
October 11, 2020
How does a church “make disciples” much less make disciples in such a way as to change the world? As we continue in our Committed to Christ series, we attempt answering such important questions reflecting on the practice of a disciple as witness for Christ.

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Suggested Bible Readings for the Week of November 22, 2020:

Ezekiel 34:11-16; Psalm 100; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46

Bible Verses Theme

Sunday is noted as “The Reign of Christ” or “Christ the King” Sunday but being a ruler of sheep is probably not all that kingly a duty, and yet it is the servant-call that Christ has accepted in our lives and in our world. Our readings for this week remind us that caring selflessly is the work of Christ our King, and also the work to which we are called. Power and dominion are not gilded with jewels or mansions. Rather, power and dominion in the kingdom of God carry great responsibility. To be the name above all names is to be servant to all humanity. To be those who claim the name “Christian” is to follow our servant-master and become servants to all in need. To see and respond to those needs are marks of a Christian follower. We are to live with “eyes wide opened” in order to see the needs that surround us each and every day.