October 2015

Changed Lives

After two chapters defining who Christ is (chapter 1) and who we are in Christ (chapter 2) the Letter to the Colossians casts vision for how God can change lives (chapter 3). Notice the contrasts between focusing on eternal things rather than pursuing earthly stuff, dying to ourselves so God’s glory can shine through us, and shedding our self-centered ways of the past compared to growing more like Christ in the present. We’ll explore how God can evoke these changes in our lives.

Spiritual Roots

After magnifying the supremacy of Christ over anything the world can offer and defining the sufficiency of Christ for our salvation in chapter 1, the theme transitions to how we can grow deeper spiritual roots in chapter 2. Notice five times we read “in Christ” to clarify who we are in Christ and how we can grow in Christ.

Ethnicities Redeemed By Christ

Jesus redefines each of our ethnic identities for his kingdom purposes.  As he shows us the beauty in our ethnicities and heals the brokenness in them, we have unique opportunities to share the gospel in each of our stories.  We will reflect on His invitation to each of us and proclaim Christ’s death and resurrection through Communion together. Sarah Shin, Regional Coordinator for Multiethnicity, New England InterVarsity Christian Fellowship will be our guest preacher this

September 2015

The Passionate Pursuit

When we look at Paul’s life of ministry, it’s amazing to see how much the spread of God’s good news meant to him, even when it came at the expense of his own comfort, security, and well-being. In this section of Colossians, we get a picture of why Paul was so passionate about the Gospel, and how we too can become truly passionate about reaching people with the story of salvation in Christ.

Colossians: Growing Deeper Spiritual Roots

Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:1-14

Living Sacrifices

Christ sacrificed his life so we can become living sacrifices, saved by God’s mercy, transformed by God’s truth, and serving with God’s gifts to make a difference in the world. We’ll celebrate God’s love, reflect on our lives, and proclaim Christ’s death through Communion together.

August 2015

The Power of Forgiveness

Forgiveness is one aspect of our lives which we all desire, yet many of us find it difficult to afford others such opportunity. Jesus charged His listeners to “Do unto others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31). Also, when asked how many times one could forgive the other person, Jesus answered “…Seventy-seven times” (Matthew 18:22). We will look at the place of forgiveness in our lives as Christians, by briefly going through some of teachings about forgiveness in the Old and New Testament.

Campus Ministry Sunday

We’re blessed to have five of the campus ministers among our church community leading worship this Sunday. Elizabeth Booher serves with InterVarsity at Smith College and UMass. Rachel Dean ministers to athletes at Mt. Holyoke and Smith College. Nate Daman and Mary Campbell guide The Navigators ministry at UMass. Alison Raskin serves with FOCUS on prep school campuses around New England.

God’s Wisdom for Relationships

We have explored themes from the Book of Proverbs throughout the summer. This Sunday we will walk through Proverbs 25 to receive God’s wisdom about relationships: relating to authority, relating to our neighbors, having boundaries & balance, and handling conflict.

Conquering Challenges

During “Everest” VBS this week, children and volunteers have been learning about conquering challenges with God’s mighty power, through the experiences of people in the Bible. Sometimes our own challenges feel like Mt. Everest in front of us! Medical illness. Loneliness. Depression. Job stress. Feelings of failure. Sinful temptations. We’ll explore how God ministered to Elijah when he felt overwhelmed and gave up on life.