Results for August 12, 2018

Event:  Sunday Worship 11am
Date:  Sun, August 12, 2018 (Recurs Weekly)
Time:  11am
Place:  Windmill Point Church

Event:  Cup of Joy Cafe Open
Date:  Sun, August 12, 2018 (Recurs Weekly)
Time:  9 am/ 11:35am/12:15pm
Contact:  Pastor Aaron
Details:  Before Sunday School & before our main worship service and after our worship service  stop by the Cup of Joy Cafe for great fellowship and Coffee!
Phone:  905 894 4875

Event:  Luke: From the Outside In
Date:  Sun, August 12, 2018 (Recurs Weekly)
Time:  945AM
Place:  sundays 9:45am


Studying the Bible with other believers can often have an insular effect that’s unhealthy and, according to Luke’s Gospel, unbiblical. From beginning to end in his Gospel, the Gentile physician spotlights the surprising work of the gospel in those thought to be “outsiders.”



Luke articulates Jesus’ story as accessible to the unknowns, the outcast, the lost, and the hopeless. For example, Jesus recounts the stunning embrace of the returned prodigal and embittered response of his “righteous” brother, displaying his desire for irreligious and religious alike to turn to him in repentance. We see Jesus’ invitation to Zacchaeus—the hated tax collector eavesdropping on Jesus from the outside—and the grumbling response of the crowd on the inside: “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” We witness Jesus look with compassion on a reviled yet repentant criminal hanging on the cross next to his. Despite being the final moments before his death, Jesus takes time to give the criminal an astonishing promise—a scandal that remains today. Examples like these abound throughout the Gospel of Luke. In short, Jesus constantly challenges Israel’s “insiders” by highlighting “outsiders” transformed by the gospel. He desires transformation in both camps.



As an educated urban Gentile, Luke himself would have been familiar with the local synagogue. Given his understanding of the Hebrew Scriptures, he must have listened in as an outsider for years. But growing up he would have quickly learned the limits of his access to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Being included in the great story of God’s people was impossible for someone like him. Yet the message of Jesus transformed Luke, too, moving him from the “outside in” to a full-fledged member of God’s community.


The implications of Jesus’ message directly affect those on the outside looking in. It’s also a message deeply challenging to “insiders,” designed to reveal cracked foundations upon which many have built their religious lives. When outsiders turn to God, insiders are pressed to reevaluate the biblical story and reexamine the foundation of their relationship with God