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Fix Our Eyes on Jesus: Jesus With People

Fix Our Eyes on Jesus: Jesus With People

by Williamsburg Community Chapel on November 24, 2020

Fix Our Eyes on Jesus: Jesus With People

Stage 1: Fall (9 weeks) – Jesus with people
After a two-week introduction to the annual focus theme, we will fix our eyes on Jesus with people. What did he say to them when they were afraid? How did he invite them into his mission? How did he respond to their limitations? We will be instructed by Jesus, the master teacher, and seek to apply everything we learn. In addition, we will examine what Jesus did when the crowds thinned, and he was alone with his Father.

September 27: Fix our Eyes on Jesus the Provider: "Why are you so anxious?": Luke 12:22-34
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October 4: Fix our Eyes on Jesus the Healer: “What have you to do with me?”: Mark 5:1-20
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October 11: Fix our Eyes on Jesus the Healer: “He whom you love is ill.”: John 11:1-37
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October 18: Fix our Eyes on Jesus the Caller: “They left everything.”: Luke 5:1-11
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October 25: Fix our Eyes on Jesus the Caller: “Come and you will see.”: John 1:35-51
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November 1: Fix our Eyes on Jesus the Teacher: “He who has ears, let him hear.”: Matthew 13:1-9
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November 8: Fix our Eyes on Jesus the Teacher: “After a long time.”: Matthew 25:13-30
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November 15: Fix our Eyes on Jesus at Prayer: “Watch and pray.”: Matthew 26:36-46
Resources: Sermon Follow-Up, Sermon Slides
November 22: Eastside Sunday : "Peace be with you.": John  20:19-20
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Annual Focus Kick Off

September 13: “Our eyes fixed”: Hebrews 12:1-3
Resources: Sermon Follow-Up, Sermon Slides
September 20: “But when he saw the wind…”: Matthew 14:22-34
Resources: Sermon Follow-Up, Sermon Slides

2020-2021 Annual Focus: Fix Our Eyes

In 2020 there is no shortage of suitors for our attention. From advertising online to headlines in newspapers, it seems that everyone wants us to fix our eyes on something. In the midst of all that vies for our eyes, what do you fix your eyes on most?

Does the glow of a smart phone light your face at night? Is it the fluctuating numbers of the market that you check throughout the day? Is there a website you revisit constantly to make sure you don’t miss anything? Does your Facebook feed get more time than your family? Is there a number on a scale you are so desperate to see that you check every morning? Has the coronavirus pandemic pushed you to look more and more at the challenges of the moment than the promises of God for the future?

The 21st century is not the first moment for God’s people when competition for attention raged throughout the culture. In the New Testament book of Hebrews we read about a church that had its attention gobbled up by their circumstances. They had experienced a “hard struggle with sufferings,” public criticism, and loss of property (Heb. 10:32-34). This led to people drifting away from the faith (Heb. 2:7), people leaving the church (Heb. 10:26), and a crisis of confidence (Heb. 10:35).

What advice does God’s Word have for God’s people whose attention has been gobbled up by the concerns of the present moment? The author of Hebrews tells his beleaguered congregation to keep “our eyes fixed on Jesus the source and goal of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2, Phillips). When we find ourselves frustrated with our present circumstances, fix our eyes on Jesus. When our minds race with anxiety about the future, fix our eyes on Jesus. When we can’t find our way through the darkness, fix our eyes on Jesus. When the noise around us gets louder and louder, fix our eyes on Jesus.

Jesus himself warns us to be careful what we look at: “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness” (Matthew 6:22-23)! Somewhere in the midst of this encouragement and challenge is a promise. If you want a life that is full of light, fix your eyes on what is healthy. You could paraphrase the promise like this: “fix your eyes on the right things and your eyes will be fixed.” What could be healthier than fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Light of the world? If we fix our eyes on Jesus, our eyes will be fixed.

From September of 2020 to June of 2021, let us have the courage to ask the question, “what do I fix my eyes on most?” Then, may we learn together how to fix our eyes on Jesus and experience how different our circumstances, suffering, and problems facing our church, nation, and world, all look through “fixed eyes.”

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