Jason Gant

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Called to be Peacemakers in the Image of God

Posted Jan 8, 2021

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Resurrection West,

It’s been a trying week for our country as we’ve watched unbelievable events unfold. I’ve been in prayer and in conversation with many of you who feel anxious and worried.

I believe in the power of prayer and the call to action. I am praying for those who lost their lives this week at the capital and those who have suffered incredible loss from Covid. When I don’t know what action to take, I consider what we call the fruit of the Spirit from Paul’s letter to the church in Galatians 5. I take to heart expressing the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control Paul writes about.

This morning in my men’s group we talked about the ‘be-attitudes’ from Matthew 5 when Jesus speaks of the call to be peacemakers and those who do so will be called children of God. I believe Jesus was speaking of us reflecting the image of God as children are often the image of their parents. After all that we’ve seen this week and this past year, it would be tempting to give in to judgment, fear, and even hatred. This is not the image of God. I am praying for all of us today to not give in to those temptations.

May we all seek to be peacemakers who, as children of God, reflect the image of God to our community, our nation, and our world!

One way to live into these ideas is by loving our neighbor in service over Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. Every year MLK weekend serves as a reminder of Dr. King’s legacy to seek justice. We will have many events and ways to serve over the weekend, along with at-home advocacy and learning opportunities.

We will focus our efforts at Resurrection West on a food packing event through our partnership with Rise Against Hunger. Last year you packed 30,000 meals going across to world to live into Jesus’ command to feed the hungry. This year will look different as we work in 1-hour shifts of 50 people or less with time in-between to sanitize the Sanctuary before the next shift begins.

You must register for shifts that will be happening all day on Monday, January 18, 9 am – 6 pm. You can register and find more details below under the mission heading in this enote. This is an all-ages packing event, even though you’ll see Rise Against Hunger's registration form lists an age limitation of 4 years old. This does not apply to our group since we’ve built a partnership of trust where they allow us to bring kids younger than 4 years old, so please ignore that detail in the online form.

Our goal is to pack 45,000 meals this year and we believe we can do it in a very safe way through the shifts all day.

I’m excited to share that we begin confirmation virtually this Sunday afternoon with 31 students registered. I look forward to kicking off this important journey of faith as they discover what it means to be a follower of Jesus and confirm their faith in the weeks ahead. Thank you to the volunteer leaders who’ve already said they would serve to help support our students in their faith growth. Blake Thomas, our Director of Student Ministries, is hard at work with team prepping everything to begin Sunday afternoon.

If you’ve forgotten to register your 8th -12th grader, please do so right now by clicking here, as Blake prepares small groups and materials for each participant. Join me in praying every Sunday afternoon for these students as later this spring they will join the church as full members professing their faith in Jesus!

Coming up on January 31, you are invited to join me at Coffee with the Pastors. Pastor Adam will be there, too, in a virtual experience as we cover what it looks like to become a member of Church of the Resurrection. We will share personal testimonies, history of our church, expectations of membership, and enjoy a Zoom breakout with people who identify with our campus to talk about specific ways to live out your faith at Resurrection West. Sign up now at cor.org/coffee.

Finally, I will begin signing 3rd grade Bibles on Monday to pass off to our KiDSCOR team as they deliver them to each household ahead of our virtual gathering with Pastor Adam, myself and the KiDSCOR team on January 31. If you’ve yet to register your 3rd grader, please do so here. We don’t want any 3rd grader to miss out on receiving their Bible as a gift from their church. When I inscribe the Bibles, I'll be encouraging each 3rd grader to read about the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5.

Looking forward to worship this weekend online at cor.org/live, or at youtube.com/churchoftheresurrection, or on TV at 38 the Spot.

Pastor Jason

Jason Gant

Jason Gant

Jason Gant is the campus pastor of Resurrection West.