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Alright.  We’ve kicked off our new series called "24."  In it, we are wondering — of all the things Jesus COULD have done with His last 24 hours on earth — WHY did He choose to do what He did?

Yesterday  we looked into why Jesus chose to eat His last meal with — not His mom — not his half-brothers & sisters — but His men’s small group!  (That is, His 12 Apostles…His "Band of Brothers".).  The story came from Luke 22:7-36.  We pointed out that Jesus was making time for 1 of our 5 purposes at Grace:  "Fellowship" (i.e. a relationship which includes the spiritual dimension).

Hare some thoughts from yesterday:

  • I LOVE the fact that Jesus Himself, on the eve of the most important event of His life, illustrated that small group ministry & discipling & mentoring would be frustrating, yet critical for His kingdom!
    • 1 guy was a total fake (Judas)
    • His leadership apprentice was about to bail on Him (Peter)
    • All 12 of them were arguing about who was the greatest!
  • 8 days ago, Pastor Tom Herzog beat me to the punch on this whole topic.
  • Last Thursday, my wife noted our series reminded her of The Bucket ListAnyone seen it?
  • The 2nd person in 2 weeks grabbed me to tell me Orange County is not L.A.  I reminded him that people outside of "the OC" DO consider it part of the Greater L.A. Area.  We also joked about Californian stereotypes.  🙂
    • Southern Cal?  "A resource-hogging, self-indulgent, me-oriented society."
    • Northern Cal?  "Where people are in touch with everything but reality."
  • I referenced the Bible’s definition of "fellowship" from 1 John 1:3-7 — "Fellowship is a relationship on a deeper level because it adds the spiritual dimension of walking together with Jesus Christ."
  • Had a great GroupLink event after services, despite the inclement weather.  GroupLink is an informal connecting event for small groups with space available for new members.  Our next one is March 30.

L8R.