Mar 22, 2015
Signs of the Times
Series: Who Is Jesus
As Jesus enters the final days of his ministry, he comes into intense conflict with the religious and political leaders of Jerusalem. In the midst of this confrontation, Jesus takes an opportunity to offer words of prophecy about the Temple, about Jerusalem, about history and, most importantly...about his followers. While the rest of the world may be pursuing power, pursuing wealth, pursuing change or pursuing security, the followers of Christ are called to pursue something altogether different: faithful witness and trust in God. How we deal with power, priorities, and persecution will be the focus this Sunday as we seek to place our hope fully in Jesus Christ.
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  • Mar 22, 2015Signs of the Times
    Mar 22, 2015
    Signs of the Times
    Series: Who Is Jesus
    As Jesus enters the final days of his ministry, he comes into intense conflict with the religious and political leaders of Jerusalem. In the midst of this confrontation, Jesus takes an opportunity to offer words of prophecy about the Temple, about Jerusalem, about history and, most importantly...about his followers. While the rest of the world may be pursuing power, pursuing wealth, pursuing change or pursuing security, the followers of Christ are called to pursue something altogether different: faithful witness and trust in God. How we deal with power, priorities, and persecution will be the focus this Sunday as we seek to place our hope fully in Jesus Christ.
  • 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 8, 2015Where We Are and Want to Be
    Mar 8, 2015
    Where We Are and Want to Be
    Series: Who Is Jesus
    One of the greatest of all human desires is for relationship, but what happens when our access to relationships is restricted? This week, we will examine the story of Jesus and an influential tax collector named Zacchaeus from Luke 19:1-10 and see how this story is the culmination of many of the themes that Luke has presented throughout his gospel. In Zacchaeus, we see the extent and power of Jesus' pursuing love, as well as the great breadth of his saving power as he restores Zacchaeus in the desire for relationship with God and others.
  • 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.
  • Jan 25, 2015The Joy of Jesus
    Jan 25, 2015
    The Joy of Jesus
    Series: Who Is Jesus
    When you look in the mirror, what do you see?  So often our sense of who we are comes from the values of our culture: we are what we have, what we do, or what others think of us. The truth that Christ teaches is that we are the highly valued, beloved daughters and sons of God, created in God’s image. The next time you look in the mirror, what will you see?
  • Jan 18, 2015The Wedding Banquet
    Jan 18, 2015
    The Wedding Banquet
    Series: Who Is Jesus
    God has planned a wedding banquet to celebrate the arrival of his bride, the church, into the Kingdom of God. Have you ever attended a wedding banquet? Do you remember the joyful celebration, love of the bride and groom, delicious feast, words of blessing, and dancing into the night? God has a party beyond anything we could imagine to celebrate the consummation of Christ and his bride, the church, in God’s Kingdom. But Jesus has a twist in this parable, because many of the invited guests are too busy, or too distracted, or simply reject God’s invitation. But God is gracious and extends the invitation to the least likely people who humbly accept the invitation by the pathway of grace. We’ll be called to examine our response to God’s invitation, inspired to persevere by the promise of this eternal celebration, and challenged to align God’s Kingdom as our highest priority.