07 Nov You Have to Start Somewhere
People have favorite Bible stories that connect to them in a special way or remind them of a time God communicated with them. As followers of Jesus, many of us find those stories in the life of Jesus. Living and reliving those stories helps us sustain in difficult times and stay focused on our purpose.
My favorite line from Jesus’ life is when He said, “Tell your story walking.” What?! You don’t remember that one? That is one of my favorite stories. Well…okay…He didn’t say it exactly like that.
Usually that line is used as a rude way to ask someone to leave. Like, Yeh, I have heard enough out of you. You can keep talking, but do it while you are walking away from me.Jesus is certainly not being rude when He tells us, “Tell your story walking.” That line is a paraphrase of what we heard Jesus telling us five different times in five different ways last Sunday in Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts. Jesus called us His witnesses, and He told us to go into all the world.
We need to tell His story, which is our story, and Jesus told His followers to go—to get moving—and don’t ever stop walking. We begin by His side, and then Jesus sends us out to finish His mission. Jesus followers all have the same beginning: at His side.
Our story at Shoreline is no different; we are beginning our journey formally with our first Shoreline 101 on November 4 from 12:15 to 3p at the Wood Valley Community Center. This is a new member class, but it will also answer questions you may have about our ministry and what we are about. This class is required for membership at Shoreline, but you don’t have to become a member at the end of the class. We will talk about our purpose, our strategy, our story, and the Shoreline family. Lunch will be provided, and childcare will be available.
If you are interested in attending Shoreline 101, please RSVP this Sunday with a Connection Card or message me directly. I don’t want you to miss this great opportunity to become a founding member of Shoreline. This can be a foundational moment in our faith journey that goes with us.
It’s time to get moving. It’s time to declare who we are and what we are about. It’s time to learn our story, so we can tell it as we go in the name of Jesus.
Blessings to you,