Apr 20, 2014
The Resurrection and Life
Series: I Am
Easter is where heaven and earth, good and evil, life and death, joy and sorrow, darkness and light, faith and doubt meet together. Jesus came from heaven to earth, but is killed on the cross, only to rise again to life. Evil seems to triumph at the cross, but good overcomes evil with the victory of the resurrection. The disciples were filled with doubt and sorrow at the loss of Jesus, then are filled with faith and joy when they see him alive. Darkness seems to prevail for three long days while Jesus is buried, then light bursts forth as Christ is risen. These are the same emotions we feel through many of our life experiences. We'll explore these paradoxes through the journey of two sisters, Mary and Martha, who are grieving the death of their beloved brother and confused about God until Jesus ministers among them and they begin to comprehend God's presence through their anguish and the difference resurrection makes. Happy Easter!
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  • Apr 20, 2014The Resurrection and Life
    Apr 20, 2014
    The Resurrection and Life
    Series: I Am
    Easter is where heaven and earth, good and evil, life and death, joy and sorrow, darkness and light, faith and doubt meet together. Jesus came from heaven to earth, but is killed on the cross, only to rise again to life. Evil seems to triumph at the cross, but good overcomes evil with the victory of the resurrection. The disciples were filled with doubt and sorrow at the loss of Jesus, then are filled with faith and joy when they see him alive. Darkness seems to prevail for three long days while Jesus is buried, then light bursts forth as Christ is risen. These are the same emotions we feel through many of our life experiences. We'll explore these paradoxes through the journey of two sisters, Mary and Martha, who are grieving the death of their beloved brother and confused about God until Jesus ministers among them and they begin to comprehend God's presence through their anguish and the difference resurrection makes. Happy Easter!
  • Apr 13, 2014The Good Shepherd
    Apr 13, 2014
    The Good Shepherd
    Series: I Am
    When Jesus proclaimed “I am the good shepherd” the crowd could vividly capture the image in their minds because they were an agrarian community filled with shepherds and sheep. We might struggle to grasp the image Jesus was portraying in our cultures and experiences. So we'll study the unique relationship between shepherds and sheep to understand the profound theological truths about the cross Jesus was explaining and the loving, nurturing, protecting, challenging relationship Jesus invites his flock to experience with our good shepherd.
  • Apr 6, 2014The Bread of Life
    Apr 6, 2014
    The Bread of Life
    Series: I Am
    esus proclaimed “I am the bread of life” shortly after the miraculous feeding of five thousand people with fish and bread. The crowd wanted more good food, material things, and exciting miracles, but Jesus taught about spiritual bread that feeds the soul and satisfies forever. This image of bread also spoke to the agrarian crowd because bread was the primary source of nourishment, so Jesus portrayed how God is the foundation of our lives. This was also a religious crowd so the bread portrait would evoke imagery of the Passover bread, so Jesus portrayed himself as the Passover Lamb who would be sacrificed to atone for sins. This is a Communion Sunday so we will spiritually nourish on the bread and juice that point to Christ's sacrifice on the cross for our salvation.
  • Mar 30, 2014The Way, The Truth, The Life
    Mar 30, 2014
    The Way, The Truth, The Life
    Series: I Am
    What are your greatest fears? The disciples were overwhelmed with fear, grief, and confusion because Jesus explained that he would soon be arrested, killed, rise from death, return to the Father, and send the Holy Spirit. This was different from what they hoped so they were overwhelmed. Jesus spoke into their swirling emotions, and our lives today, by boldly proclaiming that he is the way to the Father for eternal life, the truth to base our lives upon in a constantly changing world, and the life who brings salvation to the world!
  • Mar 23, 2014Gate for the Sheep
    Mar 23, 2014
    Gate for the Sheep
    Series: I Am
    Jesus' masterful teaching connected with the agrarian people of his culture by sharing stories and using imagery about farming and fishing. So Jesus proclaimed that he is the good shepherd because a faithful shepherd provides guidance, feeding, and protection to the point of laying down his life for the sheep. He portrayed himself as the gate for the sheep because a faithful shepherd opens the way for the sheep to enter into the fold and guards his sheep from predators by laying across the opening at night like a gate. Jesus also described people like sheep because we can so easily wander astray, become vulnerable, and need guidance back home. We'll explore Jesus' teaching about these themes and how they relate to our lives today.
  • Mar 16, 2014Light of the World
    Mar 16, 2014
    Light of the World
    Series: I Am
    Imagine the scene of Jesus standing in the Temple courts, where we can see huge torches behind him lighting up the sky during the Festival of Tabernacles, when he suddenly says: “I am the light of the world!” (John 8:12).  What did Jesus mean with this imagery? How is Christ the light of the world? We'll explore how this powerful “I AM” portrait describes Jesus and what difference this teaching can make in people's lives.
  • Mar 9, 2014I Am the Vine
    Mar 9, 2014
    I Am the Vine
    Series: I Am
    This Sunday's message is “I Am the Vine” from John 15:1-8.  The passage tells of a vine and branch that is meant to bear fruit. When the branch is separated from the vine it is unfruitful. How do we stay connected in Christ?  What are those things that “disconnect” us from the True Vine?