Hello FPCL Family!
We continue our sermon series examining how Marvel heroes embody scriptural values in this MARVEL-us Life! This week, we look at Spiderman, his story, and how he responds to the curves life throws him. Whether you are a fan of Peter Parker, Miles Morales, or Gwen Stacy, there will be something here for you! Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday –
• Just a heads up that we have our quarterly beans and rice bagging event today after each service, and we welcome your help with this ministry.
• Also happening today at 4:00 in our sanctuary is the concert called “Everyone Sang” with Mission Peak Chamber Singers, the East Bay People’s Choir, and our own FPCL choir. Come and bring a friend!
This week's worship information:
Sermon Series: MARVEL-us Life!
This Week’s Super Hero: Spiderman
Sunday's Message: To Whom Much Has Been Given
Scripture [first text is the focus of the sermon]:
2 Kings 2:1, 6-15
Luke 12:48b-50, Eph 4:11-16, 1 Cor 10:13
Questions for reflection:
•Can you think of a time you ignored an opportunity to respond to an immediate need and regretted it later?
•What situations and events in your life formed your sense of responsibility?
•What gifts do you feel a responsibility to use for others?
2 Kings 2:1, 6-15
2Now when the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. 6Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; for the LORD has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on. 7Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. 8Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.
9When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.” 10He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.” 11As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. 12Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.
13He picked up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. 14He took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, saying, “Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?” When he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over. 15When the company of prophets who were at Jericho saw him at a distance, they declared, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” They came to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.
48From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded. 49“I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed!
11The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. 14We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. 15But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.
1 Cor 10:13
13No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.