I’ve mentioned to several of you that I tend to be a back-pew type of person. I choose to sit in the back when I get a chance because I don’t want to feel eyes behind me, or wonder if my tag is hanging out, or if my collar is crooked. But I also sit in the back because I want to learn from the actions and reactions of everyone, not just the person who is speaking up in front. I tend to do that in life as well. I watch others to see how they handle situations and, quite honestly, try to learn from their mistakes so I am not doomed to repeat them myself.
Lent is one of those times in the life of the church when we particularly focus on those areas where we have fallen short and make some missteps. We try to identify them, confess that we goofed up, then try to do better next time. So, who can we watch so we can learn? Who better than those that walked with Jesus. During March, we will examine the twelve disciples of Jesus and observe how they tried to follow Jesus and live the life to which he had called them. By examining the mistakes of the disciples, we can assess our own discipleship to see where it may need strengthening.
The series is entitled, “View from the Pew,” and each week, we will have a front row seat to the issues, trials and tribulations that the disciples faced then, and how we are susceptible to the same temptations today. Ready? Set? Learn!
What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me— practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:9)