Pastoral Residency: Judy Howard Peterson

#Better News
April 28 – May 26, 2019

We live in the world of the endless 24-hour news cycle which leans toward bad news for the sake of ratings. Our world is in dire need of a reminder that the gospel of Jesus Christ breaks into this world as good news of great joy for all people. #BetterNews declares to the world that real transformation is still possible and commands us to move beyond our particular factions and offer good news to all people.

Message line-up:

Beyond a Two-Dimensional Faith
Pastor Judy Howard Peterson

Anyone who wants to be BETTER NEWS needs to be devoted to a 3 dimensional God and not just a 2 dimensional idea. Part of the BETTER NEWS is that we believe in a God who showed up in the flesh and that we too must show up in the flesh.

(Luke 2:10-11)
Passionately Devoted to the Better News
Pastor Judy Howard Peterson

It is important that the people of God are passionately devoted to this BETTER NEWS. Passion is usually described as an emotion, but the word passion is also the world that is used to describe Jesus laying down his life for the love of the world. If we are going to be BETTER NEWS I want to challenge us to not only lay down our life for Christ, but to also lay down our life like Christ. Being BETTER NEWS means that we show up as real people willing to loving lay down our lives for the world.

(Phil. 2:5-8, Luke 23:34, Luke 23:43, John 19:26–27, Matthew 27:46, John 19:28, John 19:30, Luke 23:46)
Learning the art of Gracious Integrity
Pastor Judy Howard Peterson

The root meaning of the world integrity is found in the word integer, which means to be whole and we if we are going to be BETTER NEWS we must begin by acknowledging that there isn’t one of us who is completely whole.  We are able to stand in this vulnerable position because we know the grace of Jesus Christ comes to us while we are still living in a place that lacks integrity. If we are to become BETTER NEWS we must then go and do likewise, longing for a world that sins no more while remaining committed to a gracious integrity that proclaims, “neither do I condemn you.”

(Matthew 4:48, Matthew 23:27, Luke 5:32, John 21:15-25)
Making a commitment to Unity in Diversity
Pastor Judy Howard Peterson

In Jesus final prayer, Jesus does not pray that his disciples would be prosperous or profound or right, but that they would be protected from the things that would try to pull them apart. What if people saw our unity in diversity and said, “Something or someone has certainly saved them from division, this is such BETTER NEWS that we want the church to teach us how to do this!” This is the gift of unity in diversity, a gift that is not simply to be pursued by us and for us, but a gift to be pursued by us, for the sake of the world, so that the world will also come to believe in the three dimensional Savior that comes to rescue the world three dimensional ways

(John 17:11, 20-23, 1 Peter 3:8-9)

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