Setting priorities for 2016

Luke 2@49“Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”   – Luke 2:49

What are you looking for in this New Year of 2016? More of the same? Better prospects? Something worse? Expectations seem to drive the answer.

Mary and Joseph had expectations for their son Jesus. They had assumed He was with them on the way back home after worship, but Jesus had remained behind in Jerusalem. Upon finding Him in the Temple discussing God’s Word with the Jewish teachers, Mary asked him, Son, why have you treated us so?” (Luke 2:48) Mary had expected Him to respect his parents, but Jesus reminded her of His priority: Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”

We all have expectations for this future year, but do they reflect our Father’s priority?

Our Father’s desire is the salvation of all people and that all would come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4). This truth centers in Christ Himself who lived, died and rose that we might have forgiveness of sins, eternal life and salvation.

However, our sinful expectations often get in the way and it is for this reason that God has provided us with weekly and daily means to preserve our salvation. Each week we are gathered by the Holy Spirit into the Father’s house to hear and receive God’s Word in preaching and the Lord’s Supper. Every day we can remind ourselves of our baptism into Christ and feast on God’s Word in Scripture.

In particular, this coming week you have the opportunity to learn how to use y6our Bible. I am offering three sessions per week (Monday evening – 7 pm, Tuesday afternoon- 1:30 pm; Wednesday morning – 10:30 am) on exploring The Lutheran Study Bible. Come and join us for this five week series as we grow in our Father’s love.

In case you missed the message for the Second Sunday after Christmas or would like to listen again please follow this link or watch below.

– Pastor Tim