Apr 19, 2015
Baptism: Portrait of Grace
Series: Baptism
A picture paints a thousand words. Paintings evoke our thinking. Photos capture moments forever. Movies stir our emotions. Experiences stay with us for a lifetime. We’ll explore Biblical teaching about baptism to more fully grasp how baptism portrays God’s grace and proclaims our decision to follow Christ so we’ll always remember who we are in Christ. Scripture we’ll study includes Matthew 3:13-17, Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:38, Acts 8:12, Acts 8:36, Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12.
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  • Apr 19, 2015Baptism: Portrait of Grace
    Apr 19, 2015
    Baptism: Portrait of Grace
    Series: Baptism
    A picture paints a thousand words. Paintings evoke our thinking. Photos capture moments forever. Movies stir our emotions. Experiences stay with us for a lifetime. We’ll explore Biblical teaching about baptism to more fully grasp how baptism portrays God’s grace and proclaims our decision to follow Christ so we’ll always remember who we are in Christ. Scripture we’ll study includes Matthew 3:13-17, Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:38, Acts 8:12, Acts 8:36, Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12.
  • Apr 12, 2015Walking with Jesus
    Apr 12, 2015
    Walking with Jesus
    Series: Who Is Jesus
    The Easter holiday is over but Christ is still risen! What difference can the resurrection make in our lives? We’ll go on a journey with two disciples on the Road to Emmaus, leaving Jerusalem and going back to their old lives filled with confusion after the death of Christ, until Jesus walks alongside them. Once they discover Jesus has risen, they turn around and joyfully return to the other disciples with their hope restored. Come discover the difference walking with Jesus can make in our lives today!
  • Apr 5, 2015The Resurrection of Jesus
    Apr 5, 2015
    The Resurrection of Jesus
    Series: Who Is Jesus
    Who is Jesus? Diverse perspectives of Jesus Christ fill people’s opinions, media portraits, academic research and everyday conversations. A religious philosopher?  A social revolutionary? A crazy guy who claimed to be God? A mysterious figure we can’t know much about? The Son of God? What does that mean? We’re exploring the identity of Jesus as revealed in the Gospel of Luke during Sunday worship. We will learn more about Jesus, break through our cultural lenses, and grow as we study who Jesus really is and the difference Jesus can make in our world today.
  • Mar 29, 2015Celebration & Crucifixion
    Mar 29, 2015
    Celebration & Crucifixion
    Series: Who Is Jesus
    Who is Jesus? Diverse perspectives of Jesus Christ fill people’s opinions, media portraits, academic research and everyday conversations. A religious philosopher?  A social revolutionary? A crazy guy who claimed to be God? A mysterious figure we can’t know much about? The Son of God? What does that mean? We’re exploring the identity of Jesus as revealed in the Gospel of Luke during Sunday worship. We will learn more about Jesus, break through our cultural lenses, and grow as we study who Jesus really is and the difference Jesus can make in our world today.
  • Mar 15, 2015The Rejection of Jesus
    Mar 15, 2015
    The Rejection of Jesus
    Series: Who Is Jesus
    On our journey through the Gospel of Luke, Jesus and his entourage are about to enter Jerusalem, so Jesus prepares his followers to comprehend the unfolding diving drama. Jesus shared a parable about a property owner (God) who leaves on a journey and entrusted his vineyard (world) to his tenants (God’s people). But when messengers (prophets) come, the tenants ignore the warnings and abuse them. Finally the owner (God) sends his own son (Jesus) but many people reject him and kill him. This parable clarifies the Gospel, highlights God’s grace for sending messenger after messenger to his people, and asks challenging questions. Do we live as God’s tenant stewards or act like owners? Do we reject the Son’s message when his teaching becomes hard to follow or countercultural?
  • Mar 1, 2015Letting Go
    Mar 1, 2015
    Letting Go
    Series: Who Is Jesus
    A rich guy approached Jesus and asked what he must do to inherit eternal life. This was a religious person meeting the religious demands of God’s Law. But Jesus looked into his heart and knew that self-centered greed was holding him back from God. The rich guy couldn’t let go of his stuff, so he walked about sad, and missed the invitation to follow Jesus. What are we holding on to? Pride? Bitterness? Success? Fear? Sin? We’ll explore this tragic story to discern what God might be calling us to release and set us free to more fully enjoy God and faithfully follow Christ.
  • Feb 22, 2015Kingdom Mosaic
    Feb 22, 2015
    Kingdom Mosaic
    Series: Who Is Jesus
    Sometimes we feel like giving up in the midst of a health crisis, depression, parenting, job stress, seductive temptations, or unanswered prayer. Jesus shares a parable about a desperate widow with seemingly no hope who perseveres as an example of remaining faithful. This parable is part of a mosaic of diverse responses to the Kingdom of God in Luke 18-19 that we will explore the next three weeks, contrasting a proud Pharisee with a repentant tax collector, hurried disciples with humble children, a wealthy guy who can’t let go of his stuff with a tax collector whose faith evoked an outpouring of generosity, and more.
  • Feb 15, 2015The Return of Jesus
    Feb 15, 2015
    The Return of Jesus
    Series: Who Is Jesus
    When will Jesus come back? What will happen when he returns? There is a lot of confusion and sensationalism about the “second coming of Christ” or the “end times” in our culture. This Sunday we will break through misconceptions by studying what Jesus taught and live each day prepared for his glorious return.
  • Feb 8, 2015The Justice of Jesus
    Feb 8, 2015
    The Justice of Jesus
    Series: Who Is Jesus
    Sometimes when we watch the news or experience evil in our lives we can wonder if injustice will reign in our world and if evil will last forever. We’ll explore a dramatic parable that probes the nature of our sin, tragedy of human injustice, God’s ultimate justice, and God’s grace poured out through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
  • Feb 1, 2015Trilogy of Grace
    Feb 1, 2015
    Trilogy of Grace
    Series: Who Is Jesus
    We’ll explore the third of a trilogy of parables in Luke 15, learning from the three characters. The prodigal son rebelled against his father, running away into sins especially shameful in his culture before coming back home, bringing to life that God’s grace is wider than any sin where we might have wandered or shame we might have experienced. The older brother was equally lost, because he didn’t grasp his father’s love so worked to earn his father’s approval, ending up bitter, teaching that our relationship with God is not about our religious merit but God’s loving grace. The father reveals God’s character through his unquenchable love for both of his children even though both deeply wounded him, his grace as he runs across the field to embrace his prodigal son coming home, and his love for his faithful children who might feel overlooked.