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.
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  • 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?
  • Mar 2, 2014The Greatest Gift
    Mar 2, 2014
    The Greatest Gift
    Series: (All)
    The passage tells of a widow who gives only 2 coins, yet Jesus calls her small gift the greatest. As followers of Christ we are also asked to give our all to God, to bless him even in our weakness, and to live our lives from a place of trust in God instead of fear.
  • Feb 23, 2014Consecrate Yourselves
    Feb 23, 2014
    Consecrate Yourselves
    Series: Vision
    We'll go on a journey with God's covenant community as they leave behind the wilderness and prepare to enter the Promised Land. God guides them to the edge of the Jordan River, looking across at the raging water, walled city, and superior armament, where they camp for three days. During this time of waiting the Lord speaks through Joshua: “Consecrate yourselves! For tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you!” (Joshua 3:5). We'll explore how we can consecrate ourselves right now to prepare for God's vision for our lives and as a church community. 
  • Feb 16, 2014Rebuilding our Witness
    Feb 16, 2014
    Rebuilding our Witness
    Series: Rebuilding
    Do you need to rebuild something in your life? Your faith in Christ? Your priorities in busy life? Your moral choices? Your witness to others? The Hebrew people came home from exile and began pursuing their dreams, constructing homes, building businesses, and educating their children, all the while forgetting about God with the Temple in ruins. God graciously raised up a prophet named Haggai to call them back to God. One of the leaders was Zerubbabel. But he was haunted by his past and discouraged about the work rebuilding the Temple. So God spoke through Haggai to remind his people that grace leaves our past behind and God will use our changed lives as a witness in the world.
  • Feb 9, 2014Rebuilding the Future
    Feb 9, 2014
    Rebuilding the Future
    Series: Rebuilding
    When we choose to obey God, or serve the Lord, or rebuild an area of our life, we don't always see the results we hope for. Sometimes we can wonder if following Christ is worth it. In the book of Haggai, God's people began rebuilding the Temple and restoring God into the center of their lives, but along the way they became discouraged when they saw how humble the Temple they were building was compared to the glory of the previous Temple. But in Haggai 2:1-9 God reminds them to remain faithful and promises to bless their work into the future beyond what they could have imagined. The people didn't fully understand in their time, but their faithfulness would rebuild Israel as God's people and prepare for Messiah to bless the world! So come ready to be encouraged by God's faithfulness to minister through our feeble efforts and challenged to remain faithful whether or not we see the results we hope for right now.
  • Feb 2, 2014Rebuilding our Faith
    Feb 2, 2014
    Rebuilding our Faith
    Series: Rebuilding
    Obeying God can be challenging in the midst of busy schedules that can distract us, temptations that can lure us, painful events that can raise doubts, and more. God's covenant people were straying away when the Lord raised up the Prophet Haggai to challenge them to consider their ways and choose to honor the Lord. In response: “the people obeyed the voice of the LORD their God!” (Haggai 1:12). Once the people decided to obey, God promised to forgive them and guide them in rebuilding: “I am with you!” declares the LORD.” (Haggai 1:13). We'll be challenged to consider our ways and make choices to obey the Lord, remembering God's promise to empower us in rebuilding our faith. Don't wait to obey the Lord!