December 2017

Dawn is Breaking

In the opening of his Gospel, John talks about the coming of Christ, but for him this is not something new or unexpected. John describes how God’s glorious light has been at work from the beginning, and how we can trust in God’s power to illuminate the darkness of our world.

November 2017

Leaving a Legacy

Giving God Glory

The walls of protection around Jerusalem had been miraculously constructed! Now would the community continue their mission as a witness to their neighbors or repeat the pattern of their ancestors, who had experienced God’s redemption, only to drift away from God within the next generation? So the faith community gathers to renew God’s covenant by listening to Scripture, which they haven’t heard in a long time, and devote themselves to God. What they learn and how they respond can equip us to celebrate God’s redemption and follow Christ for a lifetime rather than drift away from God.   

Working Diligently

As the important task of finishing the wall nears completion, a series of plots and threats to Nehemiah surface to derail his task and God-ordained mission. Enemies are outside the gates, and they want blood. False prophets are inside the city, trying to convince Nehemiah to run and hide. However, for Nehemiah, hiding is not an option – he has work to do. This week we will see how we are to be faithful to God’s mission in an unpredictable and dangerous world.

October 2017

Living Faithfully

Who we are is more important than what we achieve! We’ve seen this recently with a famous movie producer who we learned was a sexual predator, popular athletes who we discover have hidden domestic abuse, corporations that falsify pollution emissions, people in our lives who experience wreckage when sins emerge, etc. While achieving God’s vision of building the wall to protect themselves from genocide and restore Messiah’s lineage, a crisis arises when some powerful people take advantage of poor

Facing Obstacles Wisely

Serving Collaboratively

Risking Courageously

Throughout history, some people have taken risks to advance the mission they passionately care about, while others have safely sat on the sidelines accepting the status quo. We’ll watch Nehemiah risk his life to rescue his people and explore how vision can motivate us to do whatever it takes to participate in God’s redemptive story in our generation.

September 2017

Caring Passionately

Do you feel called to accomplish what seems impossible? School? Raising children? Overcoming an addiction? Advancing social justice? Seeing our neighbors come to Jesus? This fall we’ll study how God guided Nehemiah to do what felt impossible:  rescue people from genocide and restore hope in Messiah. Come explore how we can participate in God’s redemptive story in our own generation.

Courageous Faith

Our world is desperate right now for courageous Christ followers to speak out, sacrificially serve, and generously give to bring Christ’s arms of love, feet of service, and voice of truth in the midst of poverty, racism, misogyny, violence, and warped views of Christ. We’ll listen as God inspires Joshua, who was afraid, to courageously lead the Hebrew community on the dangerous journey into the Promised Land to advance God’s redemptive plans.