Happy New Year!
I hope 2018 is off to a great start and you’re already eating better, working out more, and _____________________ (fill in whatever your thing is). I know I’m not! But I am excited about this year…
My church, Summit, has officially declared 2018 to be “A Year With Jesus”. I know, sounds a bit weird – isn’t every year a year with Jesus at a church? But all it means is that we’re being intentional about looking at the life and teachings of Jesus all year long. I’m excited because lately, it seems like Christianity has become synonymous with everything BUT Jesus. I think this year will give us a chance to reconnect with who we are supposed to be all about. And if you’re not a Christian and happen to drop in on any given Sunday, it will just give you a chance to take a walk with Jesus and get to know him.
I’ve decided to follow along with the “Jesus Year” on this blog. So here’s what I’m gonna do (I can use the word “gonna” in a blog post, right?!):
I’m going to blog my way through the Book of Matthew this year. The Book of Matthew is simply one of four written accounts we have of the life of Jesus (the others being Mark, Luke, and John. These accounts were later collected and combined into what is now referred to as the New Testament.). I found a 40-day reading plan for the Book of Matthew. But rather than do it in 40 days, I’m going to do it in 40 weeks.
Each week (I’m aiming for Fridays) I’ll post my thoughts on a section of Matthew. Now, I’m not a Bible scholar or theologian. I don’t have all the answers when it comes to Scripture. (Or anything!) Not even close. I’ll try my best to give accurate interpretations, but everything I post will be my opinion and my opinion alone. My main reason for doing this is to get to know Jesus a little better this year. And you’re invited to come along for the ride!
Feel free to join in the conversation and post comments (even if you disagree with me). I’m going to try including a “Question To Consider” at the end of each post. And if you wouldn’t consider yourself a Christian or follower of Jesus, you’re welcome to join in the conversation, too! I want this to be a safe place for everyone to process any thoughts they have.
Well, now that we have all the housekeeping out of the way, let’s begin!
… (On Friday, that is…)