Pastor Scott’s Blog – Parables for Lent: Receive Mercy//TTF Report

Return to the Lord your God,
for He is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and
abounding in steadfast love
Joel 2:13

Do you remember getting ready for your confirmation and being asked a series of questions from the catechism? Was it a personal interview? Or was it a group experience? In any case, the intent was to help you (and me) know and recall the key teachings and life habits of a Jesus Follower in the Lutheran Tradition.
 
As the Parable of the Good Samaritan begins it feels like Jesus and the expert in the law are rehearsing their good and true answers to the key questions for their confirmation examination. At one point the expert in the law asks Jesus—“What must I do to inherit eternal life?” This in one of life’s most important questions!! Knowing this answer is sweet to the soul.
 
Notice how Jesus answers a question with a question—“How do you read it?” In other words, what is the answer from God’s written Word, the Bible? Jesus says, tell me what God’s Word says about what you must do to inherit eternal life. The man gives an expert answer from the books of Moses, quoting perfectly from Deuteronomy 6:5 about loving God with your all and Leviticus 19:18 about loving neighbor as yourself.
 
Then Jesus replies, “You have answered correctly. Do this and you will live?”
 
But what if I can’t love God with my all and love my neighbor as myself? What if I haven’t done it yet? Jesus tells a parable to answer those questions. It may seem like he is just reinforcing how amazing our love needs to be so we can have eternal life.
 
But what if the Parable of the Good Samaritan is about turning the expert of the law (as well as you and me) away from what he must “do” to inherit eternal life—to focus instead on what he must “receive” to inherit eternal life? And on what Jesus has already “done” so you can have eternal life.
 
The theme for this weekend is not about you and me being a good neighbor—it’s about Jesus—the ultimate good neighbor who rescues us. The parable focuses on mercy, His mercy, which He freely and richly gives to all who will receive it.
 
What if the parable and the season of lent are about moving us away from a focus on our own obedience to instead focusing on God’s mercy?
 
See you in Worship!!
Pastor Scott
Interim Pastor

 

“Identifying Our Mission Field”
Sunday, March 15 (9:45-10:45) or Wednesday, March 18 (5:45-6:45)
 

The Transition Task Force needs your feedback as it shares its first report based on researching the needs and
strengths of Flat Rock and CLC. You will interact with this research via a demographic study and interviews
with Flat Rock Leaders. This will be compared to a new demographic study of Community Lutheran Church
and Preschool. Based on this research and comparison the TTF will share a well-researched understanding of
“Our Mission Field” so we can better serve our local neighbors, our civic needs and the needs of our Preschool and CLC households. Thanks for making this session a priority!


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