Faith to Impress Jesus

It's hard to believe that this will be Rev. Blackwelder's last Sunday in The Well. He led the effort to design and establish that service that has become a very meaningful part of our worship offerings.

Never one to shy away from the bizarre, Josh has selected 1 Kings 18:20-39 as the text from which he'll preach. It's the story of Elijah versus Ba'al priests, a "my God is better than your god" event. When you read the passage, note the bookends: "If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Ba'al, then follow him" (18:21) and "The Lord indeed is God" (18:39).

As followers of the one who is indeed God, we read of his mighty acts. Throughout his ministry, Jesus amazes people by performing unexpected miracles. The miracles themselves astound, but the one we'll read about Sunday is also a glimpse into God's inclusivity.

The gospel and its benefits are meant for all the world, not a portion of it. In Luke 7:1-10, we see this playing out. Jewish residents of Capernaum petition Jesus to heal the slave of their gentile Roman centurion benefactor. Worlds are colliding and expanding in this unlikely scene.

It's interesting to note that Jesus is amazed by the centurion's faith. Usually Jesus is amazed by people's lack of faith. In the sanctuary Sunday, we'll give some attention to what might help us have faith that impresses Jesus.

If you are not able to make it in person this weekend, don't forget that we are live on the radio (105.5) and the internet ( at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday.