Weekend recap 1-9-11

Yesterday was a great day @ The Ridge! It was awesome, as we started our new schedule, to have our whole church gathered together for one worship gathering. Great vibe and energy! The band did awesome and there was a good crowd with several guests.

We also had a good time with our first VIP Worship Gathering for our RidgeKidz Volunteers. About 25 volunteers and spouses gathered for a special time of worship just for them. Since they serve every other week, they have to miss our large gathering to serve families by working with the kids. Because of that, we wanted to honor them by giving them a very special worship experience just for them. This week was the first one and I personally really enjoyed it. It was a good vibe and a great time. I really liked the unique way we were able to go through the teaching time. Looking forward to this time each week! If you are on the rotation for RidgeKidz next week, I hope you will be here and look forward to this VIP Worship.

 We kicked off a new series yesterday too: “Take A Hike!” We are going to be walking through the Sermon On The Mount, breaking down the greatest semon ever preached for the next several weeks. It’s gonna be a great study. We kicked it off talking about what it means to walk with Jesus. This is basically what Jesus maps out in this sermon. What it means to walk with Him.

1 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them – Matthew 5:1-2

Here is Jesus beginning this great sermon on the mount…hiking up the mountainside if you will…and telling them “Hey guys we are fixing to go on a journey…a walk…its gonna be a hike, but it’s gonna be awesome! If you are gonna follow Me, let me tell you how this is gonna go. Let me tell you what this journey is gonna look like, let me tell you what you are gonna look like during and after this journey; let me tell you what you need to do to be ready; let me tell you what I’m gonna do in you if you walk with me; let me lay out the ground rules for my followers. This is the “trailhead”, this is the starting point of this hike…this journey of faith. Are you with Me? By the way I’m gonna be right with you all the way, if you’ll trust Me and listen to Me and follow Me.”

I kinda think that’s what He did when he laid out this awesome sermon. It all went back to the original purpose, to the original words He spoke through Moses after he had hiked up that mountain and received the law of God and hiked back down to deliver it to the people:

Walk in obedience to all that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. – Deuteronomy 5:33

Then John brought it all full circle when he wrote…

And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. 6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. – 2 John 1:5-6

So, you ready to take a hike, Ridgers? Starting next week, we’re hitting the trail! Bring someone with you and let’s go!


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