Nov 1, 2018

Build Your Kingdom Here - Multi-Purpose Sanctuary



What an exciting time to be part of God's work at Christ Lutheran Vail! God is doing amazing things in our midst as we are faithful to plant seeds, help people grow their faith in Christ and bear fruit for the sake of the gospel.  

Over the last several years, the leadership has refined our mission and vision and developed a plan to make that vision a reality. The multi-purpose sanctuary is needed to increase our ability to do this great work. 

God is calling us to love our community as Jesus did.  He is calling us to plant seeds, grow, and bear fruit.  May His calling help us to love in such a way that Christ Lutheran Vail becomes a life-changing connection to Christ in our world. 

Blessings,
Pastor David Hook


Sep 16, 2018

Build Your Kingdom Here: In Us


Jesus said, “The time has come, the Kingdom is near”.  Jesus is the King of a new kingdom - the Kingdom of God.  We are his beloved royalty.  We are not just building a building with mortar and stones, we are building a place for His kingdom to minister to the world.  May God grant us strength and wisdom as we continue in the Kingdom.



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Sep 9, 2018

Build Your Kingdom Here Bible Study Part 4

Luke 19:1-10

“He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. 7 And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” 8 And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” 9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

ZACCHAEUS

Zacchaeus was the chief tax collector in Jericho.  Tax collectors were despised as traitors for their work in service of the Roman Empire.  Even though they were part of the Jewish community, their allegiance first and foremost was to a foreign power.  They were corrupt.

Jericho had a lucrative production and export of balsam and it is likely that Zacchaeus would have been extremely wealthy and carried a lot of weight in the community.

Q:  Who, if any, are the modern-day Tax collectors? (i.e., who are the people that pretty much all of society hates but they are well-connected to power and have great wealth)


Sep 2, 2018

Build Your Kingdom Here: Vail


Jesus said, “The time has come, the Kingdom is near”.  Jesus is the King of a new kingdom - the Kingdom of God.  We are his beloved royalty.  We are not just building a building with mortar and stones, we are building a place for His kingdom to minister to the world.  May God grant us strength and wisdom as we continue in the Kingdom.



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Build Your Kingdom Here Bible Study Part 3

50 days after Jesus rose from the dead, the disciples were in Jerusalem.  In Acts 2:1-41 Luke writes that the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples and it seemed as if tongues of fire had descended upon each of them.  Peter then preached a sermon about the resurrection and about 3,000 people were baptized.

Immediately, then, the new believers gather together in fellowship:

Acts 2:42-47, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

THE JOURNEY TO DISCIPLESHIP

It is interesting to note how Luke writes about followers of Jesus.  In Acts 2:41, he writes, “Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.”  Then a few verses later, in Acts 2:44, Luke calls these people “…believers”.

Luke continues to reference these followers of Jesus.  Look up the following verses and determine what they are called:

Acts 4:32
Acts 5:12
Acts 6:1

Q:  Why do you think Luke makes this change?  What do you suppose is the difference between a “believer” and a “disciple”?

Aug 26, 2018

Build Your Kingdom Here: Earth


Jesus said, “The time has come, the Kingdom is near”.  Jesus is the King of a new kingdom - the Kingdom of God.  We are his beloved royalty.  We are not just building a building with mortar and stones, we are building a place for His kingdom to minister to the world.  May God grant us strength and wisdom as we continue in the Kingdom.



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Build Your Kingdom Here: Bible Study #2

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast

Luke 13:18-21
18 Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? 19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.”  20 Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? 21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

KINGDOM OF GOD

Bible Study #1 taught “The Kingdom of God”.  It is not an earthly kingdom, but a heavenly one.  It is not ruled by anyone on this earth, but instead is ruled by Jesus.

When Jesus started talking about the Kingdom of God, people immediately envisioned an earthly kingdom.

Q:  If the Kingdom of God were an actual earthly Kingdom, what would it look like?

Most people in the United States do not understand much about kingdoms.  Americans live in a representative democracy.  However, people in other nations that that still have a King or Queen have a completely different understand about kingdoms.  For example, England has a Monarchy.  It is called the United Kingdom.

Q:  The following table describes citizenship in England and compares that with the kingdom of God.  How would you complete this table?


Britian Kingdom of God
Ruler? Queen of England
Location? Island of Great Britain
Rules? English Law
How to Build? Brick and Mortar
How to become Citizen? Immigration process or birth
Who enforces rules? Police Agencies
When will it end? Overthrow of House of Windsor


Aug 23, 2018

Prayer Vigil



JOIN THE PRAYER VIGIL
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 - SUNDAY, AUGUST 19

Please help us cover Christ Lutheran Vail Church and our Build Your Kingdom Here campaign in prayer for 24 continuous hours.  You can sign up for a prayer time during the 24 hour vigil here.