July 4 – Sixth Sunday After Pentecost – Follow Me – Luke 5:1-11 – “Follow me” is Jesus’ call to us. It’s as simple as that. In the calling of the first disciples, recorded here, we see that they immediately left their nets and followed Him. It is never more than that. We will think about the simple call of Jesus to follow Him and what that means for us who would be His disciples today.
July 11 – Seventh Sunday After Pentecost – Living in the Freedom of God – Romans 6:3-11 – As baptized believers in Christ, sin’s power in us has been broken. We are free from sin’s grasp. We are free to throw ourselves wholeheartedly and full-time into God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t tell us how to live. We are living in the freedom of God. Why then do we give sin a vote in the way we conduct our lives?
July 18 – Eighth Sunday After Pentecost – Accept Miracles – John 6:1-15 – This is the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000. Jesus fed what was most likely a crowd of about 10,000 with just five barley loaves and two fish. Little was much in His hands. There is a suggested sign for church signs that reads, “Accept Miracles.” Do we really believe that Jesus can do the impossible today? Do we truly believe that miracles still happen? Or are we skeptical? If so, why? This is a chance to think about this and to think about the miracles of God taking place around the world. God still does the impossible.
July 25 – Ninth Sunday After Pentecost – Salt and Light – Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus tells us why we are here–to be salt and light in the world. We are to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. We are to bring out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept.