Over the past several months, our church family has been studying the Book of Matthew together. Throughout his Gospel account, Matthew regularly draws his reader’s attention to the way people responded when they saw Jesus and His works. This pattern is introduced as early as Matthew 2, and continues until Matthew 28:
- “…[the Magi] saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him” (Matthew 2:11).
- “…the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel” (Matthew 15:31).
- “When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, ‘Truly this was the Son of God!’”(Matthew 27:54).
While it would be comforting to think that such reverence – worshipping, glorifying, being filled with awe – was and is the universal response to beholding Jesus, we know, both from the Book of Matthew and our individual experiences, that this is not the case:
- “And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.” (Matthew 8:34).
- “But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified…” (Matthew 14:26).
- “But when the chief priests and the scribes sawthe wonderful things that he did… they were indignant” (Matthew 21:15).
Contrasted with seeing Jesus and responding in wonder and adoration, other people – even those who closely followed Him – were known to have seen Him and respond in avoidance, fear, and indignation.
The last chapter of Matthew is a sobering summary of the two different reactions people often have when they behold Jesus: “And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted” (Matthew 28:17).
This fall in Women’s Ministry, our theme is “Behold Our God.” In an elective format, women of Immanuel will be invited to participate in the following studies: A Journey through the Psalms of Ascent, Because He Loves Me, Nehemiah, and Becoming a Woman Whose God is Enough. The aim of these studies is to encourage each of us to look to Jesus – to see Who He is and what He has done, and to allow that view of His excellent greatness and infinite worth to transform our hearts as we worship Him together. This does not happen naturally. We need Jesus to help us see Jesus rightly. We need His Word, and we need His Spirit. What occurred in Matthew can occur today – some people see Jesus and respond in worship, some people see Jesus and respond with doubt. It is the prayer of the Women’s Ministry Leadership team that, as we behold our God, as our vision of Him becomes clearer, our redeemed hearts will respond in worship. Then, by God’s grace, that worship will change us: it will transform our affections and increase our desire to love Him and hate sin more.
Join us, ladies, as we behold our God together this fall. Register today: https://immanuelbaptist.org/event-registration/
Preparing for Sunday
Kingdom Principles: On Family
• Q & A with Mike Srisam-ang
• Business Meeting
Information available this Sunday!
Volunteers are needed for the month of September:
• Teachers in the 4’s & 5’s during church time
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Register for Word of Life! (3 yrs old through 6th grade)
Word of Life Kids Clubs start September 13! Contact Peter or Sara Bunn (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like to serve in this Wednesday evening children’s ministry:
Small Group Coaches: (no planning needed)
4s Teacher (curriculum provided)
3s Helper, 4s Helper (no planning needed)