By Matt Hein

Anytime I approach the beginning of a journey I want to know something about what is ahead. My excitement jumps to another level when I know the travel itinerary and get to preview the places I am going to visit.

By knowing something about each stop on the journey before beginning, I am able to experience those places more fully when I get to them. I find the same to be true of following Jesus in worship.

When I know where we are going and have had the chance to read and reread the Bible passage we will be visiting on Sunday, I find that my excitement level jumps and Jesus is able to engage me more fully. My guess is that the same might be true for you.

This Sunday, January 10, 2016 we begin a journey with Jesus on The Broken Road. The road Luke takes us on in his Gospel is a long, uphill, and difficult road that runs from Galilee to Jerusalem.

Along the way conflict will abound and we will witness Jesus meeting it head on. Through five parables of Jesus, spoken on His way to Jerusalem and the cross, we will be invited to hear and see the heart of Jesus for our broken world and our own broken lives.

I am excited to see how Jesus forms and shapes us during our Broken Road series. I am even more excited to see what will happen when we read each parable prior to visiting it in worship.

Would you join me in spending some time each week of our series, reading and rereading the parable that we will visit together in worship? How might that cause your excitement level to jump? How much more fully will Jesus engage your heart? Let’s find out together!


The Broken Road Travel Itinerary

1/10   The Parable of the Prodigal Son                             Luke 15:11-32

1/17   The Parable of the Good Samaritan                       Luke 10:25-37

1/24   The Parable of the Great Banquet                          Luke 14:12-24

1/31   The Parables of the Mustard Seed and Leaven    Luke 13:10-21

2/7     The Parables of the Lost Sheep and Lost Coins   Luke 15:1-10