We’re in the homestretch of our Radical Faith Stewardship Journey and for the last two weeks we’ve asked you our church family to pray and fast about how you might participate in the final months of this effort. Radical Faith has made a difference with nearly $1.4 million being given to global and local outreach, along with debt reduction freeing-up funds for future ministry. If you haven’t received a Homestretch brochure, check out this online resource for more information on Radical Faith initiatives and how those funds have made a difference: cedarridgecc.com/radical-faith-homestretch
At the conclusion of services at all of our campuses this Sunday, we will provide a time of prayer and an opportunity to bring forward your Homestretch commitment card and/or give a “Paydown” offering to paydown your pledge and paydown our debt. In the meantime, please pray about how you and your family might help us finish strong with Radical Faith and “retire not renew” our mortgage note that is set to be renegotiated in May.
Radical Faith has always been more about our faith than it has been about finances. Ask God to speak to your heart and then simply respond to him in humble obedience. I hope you’ll help us finish strong our Radical Faith journey.
Last Sunday’s message covered the final moments that Jesus had with his disciples in the upper room. In the His Story text are contained four goodbye reminders that Jesus gave his disciples.
Remember how I served you. Jesus left them with a visual that they would never forget. He washed their dusty feet. He even washed the feet of Judas who had an even filthier heart, having already planned to betray his Lord. In the process of washing their feet, Jesus told them to do the same for one another.
Remember how I saved you. Another very visual reminder, Jesus ate the Passover meals with his disciples. And then proclaimed that he was initiating a new covenant. This meal that celebrated the Israelites’ salvation from the death angel we find out was all along pointing to something even bigger when God would sacrifice the perfect lamb and his blood would cover our sins and save us from death.
Remember to continue my mission. Jesus was clear that his disciples would continue the work, and that they would be opposed. They would also do greater things than Jesus (John 14:12) and that anything they asked in his name, he would do (John 14:13).
Remember I’m sending you help. In fact, Jesus told his disciples that it was good for them that he go, so the Holy Spirit could come and empower them. And that’s exactly what happens after Jesus returns to heaven – the disciples are saying and doing things they could not have done on their own.
Only three more installments of His Story remain. Do your best to join us these final weeks and get to know Jesus like you’ve never know him before. If you missed the latest message or any of the His Story series, you can view them here.