There is a plethora of metaphors that warn us about the impact of the words we speak. One that comes to mind is words are like toothpaste. Once you squeeze toothpaste out of the tube, you can’t put it back.
And God said through the Prophet Isaiah that God’s Word never returns empty, but always does whatever God intended.
We refer to the Bible as God’s Word. We read Jesus is God’s Word in the opening lines of John’s Gospel.
Speaking of scripture, do you ever wonder where the four gospels we have in our bibles came from? Did four of the apostles try to capitalize on their inside knowledge with a lucrative book deal?
Welcome to our worship series, Words.
Our Worship Series beginning in October will take us to Thanksgiving. I encourage you to follow along with our companion book for this series, A Woman of Words, by Angela Hunt. This is the third book in her series, The Road to Jerusalem.
In her book, the Mother of Jesus asks Matthew to help her record the story of her Son’s ministry. But Matthew is hoping to preach and teach like his colleagues do. Also, Mathew wouldn’t mind performing a few miracles.
However, he gets invited to help with the growing church in Jerusalem because Matthew has a head for numbers. After all, he was formerly a tax collector. A past Matthew would sooner forget rather than be defined by his former vocation.
Words of thanksgiving and cursing pour out from the same mouth.
Of course, Hunt’s creative imagination regarding the origin of the gospels isn’t based on verifiable facts. She invites us to imagine together while learning more about how the early church evolved.
In this series, we focus on what happened after the Resurrection of Jesus.
I pray that you will join us each Sunday morning at 10:30 am. We share our weekly episodes on our YouTube channel. We go live at 10:30 am. You can find these links along with more information about us, or join our live broadcast on our website at FlintAsbury.org.
Angela Hunt. A Woman of Words. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2021.