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April 2015

Baptism: Portrait of Grace

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:




Walking with 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!




The Resurrection of 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 




March 2015

Celebration & Crucifixion

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 




Signs of the Times

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:




The Rejection of 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 para




Where We Are and Want to Be

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.




Letting Go

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.




February 2015

Kingdom Mosaic

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.




The Return of 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.