From Inside Our August, 2018 Newsletter

Dear Messiah Lutheran Church,


Have you ever had the privilege of being an insider, where you get all the perks of being a VIP?  

When I was growing up I had the experience of being an insider at the Daytona International Speedway. My father had a colleague at work, who owned one of the race teams that was racing in the Rolex 24 hours race. The Rolex 24 hour race, was a race that lasted for 24 hours that used more of the European style of race cars. Before the race started, my Dad somehow had hooked us up with the race team’s all access pass. We got to go to the garage to see them work on the car, we got to go to the pit box as they were prepping for the race, we met multiple drivers and crew chiefs! During the race, all that was off limits to us was the track! It was all access! We were insiders at the Daytona International Speedway!

It’s a great feeling, being an insider. We are also insiders with God! So many times, we take it for granted. We have that same access I had at Daytona International Speedway to God and His kingdom.

We’ll be starting a new series on August 12th called Insiders: Bringing All Things Together, where we will look at the book of Ephesians. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians emphasizes one point: we are In Christ. Out of God’s incredible grace, He has extended to each of us the gift of salvation and forgiveness. We, who were once outsiders with respect to a relationship with God, are now insiders. And as a result of God’s grace, not only do we know what it means to be connected to God (In Christ), but we also know what it means to be connected to one another (In Christ).

This sermon series will unpack Paul’s words in Ephesians 3:17-19: “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have the power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ , and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” We will dig into what it truly means to be “In Christ”, to be fully and maturely rooted in His body, the church.

We’ll also have our Rally Day Pep Rally that kicks off on Sunday, August 12! I hope you join us as we experience being insiders!

God’s Peace, 

Pastor Mark