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TUMI Sacred Roots Annual 2018-19: The Gospel and the Harvest

This year’s theme for the Sacred Roots Annual is The Gospel and the Harvest. The core message of the New Testament, perhaps even of the entire Scriptural corpus, is the Gospel of our Savior. The term Gospel means “Good News,” and refers to the message of life which outlines God’s design to save humankind and reestablish union, blessing, and peace between his creation and himself. This was accomplished through the person and work of Jesus Christ, who offered himself as an atoning sacrifice to God for the sake of all the children of Adam. Although we have sinned and fallen short of God’s glorious standard of righteousness (Rom. 3.23), God loved us and offered his Son to us as a sacrifice for our sins, and its eternal penalty, death (Rom.6.23).

This gift of life through the Gospel is freely given to us by God, not as a result of our efforts or own doings, and it is given to all people, regardless of their background, knowledge, or pedigree. While we all were still sinners, Christ Jesus died for us, and his death is the most concrete demonstration of God’s love ever revealed to humankind (Rom 5.8). Now, through faith in Jesus, all people–every single person–can be saved from sin’s penalty, power, and presence. Only faith in the Good News and its offer of life is necessary or sufficient (Rom. 10.9-10).

The harvest is Jesus’ metaphorical and symbolic reference to the vast numbers of doomed humanity who have yet to hear of this offer of grace and life. “And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” Matt. 9:35-38 (ESV). Jesus described the multitudes who needed the grace of our God as a harvest field, and the Gospel proclaimers who go to them with the Good News of life as workers in that field. The concepts of Gospel and the harvest are integrally connected; the Gospel is God’s message of life designed for the lost, those dear folk who desperately need to hear and respond to God’s Good News offer of salvation in Christ.

 

Words of Life

As is our custom, we have devoted our entire Season After Pentecost, Ordinary Time period focusing on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We’ve entitled this series Words of Life. We hope to take a deep spiritual and intellectual dive into the premiere New Testament passages on the nature of the Gospel and its implications for the lost. These texts represent a kind of biblical “Who’s Who” on the critical texts summarizing the depth of meaning and life of the Gospel. We desire to become better acquainted and grounded in the images, stories, metaphors, and statements of the Gospel, trusting that we will also become more assured of our own salvation, and be better equipped to share that Good News with others, as the Spirit leads.

The Outline of the Words of Life, Ordinary Time Series, Year C, 2018-19
Below you will find the outline for our study of the Words of Life, in the order it is taught, with a brief description. We commence this study after the celebration of Trinity Sunday.

1. Words of Life, Intro, John 5:19-24
2. The Gospel is the Power of God, Romans 1:16-17
3. Making Disciples of All Nations, Matthew 28:16-20
4. The Harvest is Plentiful, the Laborers Few, Matthew 9:35-38
5. One Mediator Between God and Humankind, 1 Timothy 2:3-7
6. God Has Made Him both Lord and Christ, Acts 2:29-36
7. The Gospel in Which You Stand, 1 Cor. 15:1-11
8. The Mystery of Godliness, 1 Timothy 3:14-16
9. Heirs of Eternal Life, Titus 3:3-7
10. For God So Loved the World, John 3:15-21
11. Ransomed with the Precious Blood of Christ, 1 Peter 1:17-21
12. The One Appointed to Judge the Living and the Dead, Acts 10:34-43
13. The Light of the Gospel, 2 Corinthians 4:1-6
14. Our Great High Priest, Hebrews 4:14-16
15. The Righteousness of God Through Faith, Romans 3:21-26
16. Contend for the Faith Once Delivered to the Saints, Jude 3-4
17. Death in Adam, Life in Jesus, Romans 5:12-21
18. The Mystery of the Gospel Revealed, Ephesians 3:1-3
19. The Grace of God has Appeared, Titus 2:11-14
20. Live Worthy of the Gospel, Philippians 1:27-30
21. Proclaiming the Message of Reconciliation, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
22. That We Might Live Through Him, 1 John 4:7-14

This remarkable listing of New Testament passages on the Gospel promises to teach us much regarding the treasure of the Gospel message, and the wonderful privilege we have in both embodying and declaring that message in our lives and words with the lost around us.

2018-19 Annual Theme Resources

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The Sacred Roots Annual 2018-2019: The Gospel and the Harvest 
This year’s theme for the Sacred Roots Annual is The Gospel and the Harvest.  The core message of the New Testament, perhaps even of the entire Scriptural corpus, is the Gospel of our Savior.  The term Gospel means “Good News,” and refers to the message of life which outlines God’s design to save humankind and reestablish union, blessing, and peace between his creation and himself.  This was accomplished through the person and work of Jesus Christ, who offered himself as an atoning sacrifice to God for the sake of all the children of Adam.  Although we have sinned and fallen short of God’s glorious standard of righteousness (Rom. 3.23), God loved us and offered his Son to us as a sacrifice for our sins, and its eternal penalty, death (Rom.6.23).  This year’s theme for the Sacred Roots Annual is The Gospel and the Harvest.  The core message of the New Testament, perhaps even of the entire Scriptural corpus, is the Gospel of our Savior.  The term Gospel means “Good News,” and refers to the message of life which outlines God’s design to save humankind and reestablish union, blessing, and peace between his creation and himself.  This was accomplished through the person and work of Jesus Christ, who offered himself as an atoning sacrifice to God for the sake of all the children of Adam. Come, join us as we ponder the deep truths of God and his gospel of life in Jesus!

Our 2018-19 Sacred Roots Annual is entitled “The Gospel and the Harvest” (cf. Matt. 9.35-38). Its cover displays the vast, ripe harvest contrasted with the few workers gathering it in. During Ordinary Time we will study premiere texts explaining the Good News of hope, and the Church’s challenge to share that with the world. Come, join us as we feast on the truths of the Gospel and the harvest, the message of life given to us all. Our Annual is available in the following formats:

Softcover | On-line | Kindle 

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Our complimentary church year calendar, The Gospel and the Harvest, explores the wonders and dimensions of God’s offer of life in Jesus, and how that Gospel spurs the Church to fulfill Christ’s commission to share it with a lost and dying world. Scripture throughout testifies of God’s love and determination to save out of the world a people for his own possession, the promise given to Abraham, renewed in Isaac and Jacob, specified in David the king, and fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth. Despite its clarity and simplicity, this message of life is the power of God for salvation to every person who believes, to the Jew first and also to the non-Jew (Rom. 1.16). This message of life in the name of Jesus Christ must be understood and appreciated before it can be appropriately lived and shared with others. As Peter declares, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4.12, ESV).

The 2018-19 calendar follows the traditional feast days and celebrations, from Advent to the Reign of Christ the King, along with the weekly texts of the Revised Common Lectionary Year C. Come, be inspired as we wait in hopeful longing for the appearing of our Lord Jesus, who will return to this world to restore creation, under God’s rule.

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2018-19 Chronological Reading Guide
Each year we read through the Scriptures together chronologically, seeking to gain greater insight on the entire Story of God as it occurred in historical order of events. In this guide we read through the narrative of the Bible as well as highlight in attractive colors the emphases of the Church Year's time schedule. Reading through the Scriptures in the order the events happened helps us stay on point regarding the true subject matter and theme of the Scriptures: the salvation of God in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. This reading not only provides richer insight into the events of Scripture, it also helps us greatly to better comprehend the meaning of the whole story of God's wondrous salvation and grace, which climaxes in the Christ event, his death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and return.

 

Complimentary Theme Book Reading

Our reading materials this liturgical year focus on the nature of the Gospel and the Harvest’s themes, i.e., the texture and structure of the Gospel message and the corollary charge for the Church to go into all the world and preach that Good News to the lost. While there are a number of great texts written on the nature of both of these themes, the books we chose for this year highlight the major concepts and challenges associated with the Gospel and the harvest, and should stimulate great discussion and reflection on these essential biblical themes.

Unfortunately, we had to limit the texts and materials we would concentrate on this year, and so the following texts are our choice to explore the meaning of the Gospel through the lens of biblical study, biographical experience, and good missiological theory on how we ought to commit to sharing the Gospel with the world. Please join us in reading these works on the Gospel message, and how that Gospel has influenced people to share its treasure with the world.

Book #1: Coleman, Robert E., The Master Plan of Evangelism. Grand Rapids, MI: Revel, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 1993. (Available in Softcover and Kindle.)

Book #2: Metaxas, Eric, Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World. New York, NY: Penguin Random House LLC, 2017. (Available in Hardcover and Kindle.)

Book #3: Finley, Bob, Reformation in Foreign Missions. Maitland, FL: Xulon Press, 2005. (Available in Softcover.)

Book #4: Olson, Bruce, Bruchko. Lake Mary, FL: Charisma House, 2006. (Available in Softcover, Kindle, and Audio CD.)

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