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January 2017

Build to Last

Imagine if persecution arises to close our church and imprison our pastors, or temptations arise that feel so seductive, or sudden tragedy devastate our lives. Would we continue to follow Christ, even risking our lives, or would our faith dissolve because we depend on exciting church ministries, and expect God to protect us from pain? We’ll explore the challenge of building our faith to last through uncompromising commitment to God and deeper devotion to live as Christ’s missionaries.




God of the Second Chance

Guest speaker today.




The Lord’s Prayer

As cliché as it may sound, the year has indeed flown by, almost at the twinkling of an eye. Nevertheless, it has been a year of the unexpected in the world, in our nation, or maybe even in our lives. Despite them all, we serve a faithful and almighty God. As we enter 2017, let us come together and reflect on The Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13, and ask the Lord to help us to pray and live out this prayer in the new year ahead.




December 2016

Christmas Chaos

Last Sunday we studied the prophecy of Messiah’s arrival in Bethlehem from Micah 5:1-5. This Sunday we’ll explore the first fulfillment of that prophecy. Jesus chose to enter a chaotic world filled with poverty and oppression while his temporarily homeless parents hurried to Bethlehem in fear. But God was working behind the scenes, and still works today, to unfold God’s redemption in the midst of chaos.



Least of the Least

Micah surprised everyone, writing 720 years before Jesus was born, when he prophesied that Messiah would come from the tiny town of Bethlehem. But God often works in surprising ways and through unsuspecting people to fulfill his redemptive purposes.



November 2016

Worthy

We will explore who is worthy of our worship, of our thanksgiving-dinner-table-shout-outs, and of us preparing our hearts and homes over the course of the next few weeks during this advent season.




If I Just Had ___

How would we fill in the blank when we feel if we only had something or someone we would be happy? What is the source of our identity? Where do we look for our happiness? Who meets our deepest needs? The 10th Commandment warns God’s people from coveting what other people have so we build our contentment in God, guards us from chasing after things as idol replacing God, and protects God’s community from damaging each other.



Honest to God

In our world, the line between truth and falsehood is a blurry one at best. Lies can be seen as necessary elements of relationships, truth is ‘what you make of it,’ and people champion all kinds of false messages and ideals. God’s people are to take a different route – that of being witnesses and truth-tellers, with our words and with our lives, as we testify to the God of all truth revealed in Jesus Christ.




You Shall Not Steal

God’s covenant people were about to enter the Promised Land. God proscribed laws to build a society with equitable distribution of the land, protection against exorbitant interest, guidelines to alleviate debt, resources for those who fell into poverty, etc. Now would they form a just society or scramble to horde the land? Would they honor each other or steal from each other? This 8th commandment against stealing challenges God’s people to honor each other, live as generous people, and shine God’s justice in the world.



October 2016

Don’t Even Think About Adultery!

Adultery is breaking a covenant. We’ll study God’s warnings throughout Scripture to protect against three forms of adultery: (1) Marital adultery that can destroy our marriage, damage our children, and distort our witness. (2) Spiritual adultery when we break our covenant with God by worshipping “idols” and indulging in sin. (3) Mental adultery when lust warps our minds and makes us vulnerable to commit adultery.






     

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