New Series for a New Year: "Spiritual"

Dear Mosaic Family,

Happy New Year Mosaic!!

To welcome in 2017, we're starting a new sermon series tomorrow, called "Spiritual," in which we'll look at the practical ways of growing in your spirituality. Holy Scripture tells us in Ephesians 5:18, "Be filled with the Spirit." This is actually one of the most curious commands in all of Scripture. "Be filled" is an imperative, but it's in the passive voice. We're not told to fill ourselves with the Spirit, but to "be filled." How can I fulfill a commandment passively? Great question! This commandment is implying that we can't fill ourselves with the Holy Spirit, but we can place ourselves in situations and circumstances in which the Holy Spirit graciously fills us. Actually, the parallel passage to Ephesians 5 is Colossians 3, where Paul, instead of saying, "Be filled with the Spirit" says "Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly." In St. Paul's mind, there was a direct relationship between being filled with God's Word and God's Spirit.

Tomorrow, we'll be looking at the connection between Holy Scripture and the Holy Spirit. Christians tend to gravitate toward one of two extremes regarding the third person of the Trinity. Some pursue experiences in the Spirit of God strictly apart from the Word of God. They listen for voices in their hearts or signs in the sky. They are always talking about what God said to them through a stirring, a feeling, or in a strange confluence of circumstances. Others, however, seek to know and obey the Word of God without and interaction with, or real dependence on, the Spirit.

But the Spirit and the Word work inseparably. We cannot experience the Spirit apart from the Word and we cannot understand the Word apart from the Spirit.

Join us tomorrow as we celebrate New Year's Day together and learn about how we can deepen our spiritual life!

Praying for you! Pastor Jan

P.S. Don't forget we only have one service tomorrow, at 11:15am.

Announcements:

Membership Class. Sunday, February 5th, 1-3pm. Lunch provided. The membership class if the first step to becoming a member of Mosaic Boston. To register, please email admin@mosaicboston.com

Members' Meeting. Sunday, February 26th, 1-3pm. If you're a member, please plan on attending our first quarterly members' meeting and potluck.

Mosaic Youth Group. 

Every 

Sunday

, Mosaic holds a youth group gathering during the 

9:30

service. If you know anyone looking for a youth group, let them know!

Mosaic Boston App. Did you know Mosaic has an app? You can download it here.

New Year's Day Service. 

On 

Sunday January 1st

, we'll have one service at 

11:15am

. Come worship Jesus with your Mosaic family!

Pre-service Prayer. Join us in the upper hallway of the Temple Ohabei Shalom for a time of pre-service prayer on Sundays at 8:45AM and 4:30PM. It's an opportunity for us to pray for the church, the city, and the world.

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