Apr 16, 2017
What are you talking about?
On Easter morning we'll walk along the road to Emmaus with two disciples, grieving the loss of Jesus and bewildered by the death of Messiah, when the resurrected Jesus joins them. Jesus asks them probing questions and reveals his mission of suffering for our sins and rising to defeat death. We'll explore how Jesus still walks alongside his confused disciples, asking probing questions, revealing who he really is, and changing the direction of our lives. This story is described in Luke 24:13-33. Christ is risen!
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  • Apr 16, 2017What are you talking about?
    Apr 16, 2017
    What are you talking about?
    On Easter morning we'll walk along the road to Emmaus with two disciples, grieving the loss of Jesus and bewildered by the death of Messiah, when the resurrected Jesus joins them. Jesus asks them probing questions and reveals his mission of suffering for our sins and rising to defeat death. We'll explore how Jesus still walks alongside his confused disciples, asking probing questions, revealing who he really is, and changing the direction of our lives. This story is described in Luke 24:13-33. Christ is risen!
  • Apr 9, 2017My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me?
    Apr 9, 2017
    My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me?
    We'll explore why Jesus was the only person forsaken by God as our sins were heaped upon him and see three events that begin revealing the impact of Christ's atonement: (1) The temple curtain torn away removing the barrier between God and people, (2) Many dead people resurrected back to life, (3) The soldiers who nailed Jesus to cross recognizing Jesus as the Son of God.
  • Apr 2, 2017Do You Want to Leave Me Too?
    Apr 2, 2017
    Do You Want to Leave Me Too?
    John chapter 6 unfolds with thousands of people following Jesus, but ends with only a handful of disciples. We'll explore why crowds of people turned away from Jesus and grasp his challenging teaching to faithfully follow Jesus for a lifetime.
  • Mar 19, 2017What good is it to gain the whole world yet forfeit your soul?
    Mar 19, 2017
    What good is it to gain the whole world yet forfeit your soul?
    Peter had just proclaimed that Jesus is the Messiah. But the disciples, and their culture, expected the Messiah to conquer the Roman Empire and renew Israel's glory. So Jesus begins explaining that the Messiah must suffer, be killed, and then rise from death. This means really following Jesus isn't about our lives great for our glory, but forming Christlike character and serving like Jesus. How do we view the Messiah? What do we expect from Jesus?
  • Feb 26, 2017Do You Only Love Those Who Love You?
    Feb 26, 2017
    Do You Only Love Those Who Love You?
    So often our world expresses love when there is self-centered advantage or profit to be made. Imagine if Christ-followers loved without strings attached. This would bring joy to God's heart and reflects God's love in our world hungering for genuine love and human dignity. So we'll affirm the need for healthy reciprocal relationships while being challenged to serve those who have nothing to give in return or who have never experienced love to know how to reciprocate love to others.
  • Feb 19, 2017Who Will Love God More?
    Feb 19, 2017
    Who Will Love God More?
    Do you love God? Why or why not? What motivates you to faithfully follow Christ? We'll explore a dramatic scene in which a proud religious leader learns how far he really is from God while a desperate woman expresses her love for Jesus to expose why our hearts either grow in love for God or stray away from God.
  • Feb 12, 2017Questions Jesus Asked
    Feb 12, 2017
    Questions Jesus Asked
    Jesus asked questions 173 times in the Gospels to probe our hearts and evoke our thinking. We'll explore ten of the most profound questions Jesus asked starting this Sunday until Easter. This week we'll study the question "Who do you say I am?" from Matthew 16:13-16.
  • Feb 5, 2017The Other Side
    Feb 5, 2017
    The Other Side
    Series: (All)
    We'll go on a journey across the Sea of Galilee with Jesus and his disciples, through a raging storm, to the other side called the "Gerasenes" where no Jewish people ever wanted to go, just to reach out to one demon-possessed, mentally ill, socially marginalized person. Come ready to be challenges to go to the "other side" for those who are spiritually lost and socially oppressed in our world today while learning how much we resemble the broken person in this narrative without God's grace in Christ.
  • Jan 15, 2017Build to Last
    Jan 15, 2017
    Build to Last
    Series: (All)
    Imagine if persecution arises to close our church and imprison our pastors, or temptations arise that feel so seductive, or sudden tragedy devastate our lives. Would we continue to follow Christ, even risking our lives, or would our faith dissolve because we depend on exciting church ministries, and expect God to protect us from pain? We'll explore the challenge of building our faith to last through uncompromising commitment to God and deeper devotion to live as Christ's missionaries.
  • Dec 11, 2016Christmas Chaos
    Dec 11, 2016
    Christmas Chaos
    Series: Advent
    Last Sunday we studied the prophecy of Messiah's arrival in Bethlehem from Micah 5:1-5. This Sunday we'll explore the first fulfillment of that prophecy. Jesus chose to enter a chaotic world filled with poverty and oppression while his temporarily homeless parents hurried to Bethlehem in fear. But God was working behind the scenes, and still works today, to unfold God's redemption in the midst of chaos.