This series examines topics that people inside and outside the church often think about (even if we don't ask about them aloud!). These topics intersect the conversation of faith and culture. They bridge between Jesus and the world, and they don't have easy answers. Still, scripture helps us navigate them with wisdom and grace to more genuinely live as followers of Jesus.
Over the past two years, we have heard the phrase “I wish we could skip to the end.” In this new year, we are doing just that. We are starting at the end by looking at the book of Revelation. Few books in the Bible trigger as much intrigue, confusion, and even fear as the book of Revelation. In this series, we will show that within the book of Revelation lies a world of beauty that points to the self-sacrificial love of Christ and his triumph over the darkness we encounter in our world. We will take a deeper look at what the disciple John wrote and why, dispel some common misconceptions of what it all means, and together discover how the book of Revelation is a book of encouragement for our daily lives.
The Christmas season brings with it beauty, excitement, and a lot of expectations for most people today. However, no one was making plans for that first Christmas. It came at an unexpected time and in an unexpected way.
Sure, Israel was expecting a Messiah to come... eventually. But the Messiah they were looking for was a great Warrior King that would conquer their enemies and give them independence from The Romans. They NEVER expected a child of lowly birth from Nazareth who was first a carpenter, then an itinerant rabbi, to be their champion. And they never expected that what would transpire was that THIS Messiah would be crucified by their enemy (the Romans) in order to give them all everlasting life!
In this series, we will look at the various ways that expectations manifest themselves in our everyday lives... especially in this Christmas season. But more than that, we will look at what God’s word has to say to us about various seasons of expectation and how we might more faithfully live our lives together amidst expectations (our and those of others) so that there might actually be “Joy to the World” and “Peace on Earth” like never before.
In this series, we will be exploring ways to be more inclusive in a world of great diversity. To be less competitive and more cooperative. To faithfully find ways to be many who live as one, instead of just being one who lives among many. Remembering that who we are to the world around us is determined by the face it sees. So we are going to learn how to put on THE FACE OF GRACE…in order to serve the world Jesus came to save!