John 15:5-11 When Jesus says He is the True Vine & His Father is the Gardener, we realize that faith demands a growth mindset. Living daily in Jesus’ Words produces spiritual fruit. However, it’s not always at the pace or in the way we anticipate. It’s a great challenge! There is also a great assurance. Jesus’ words in John 15 are so that His joy may be in His followers. Even the smallest step of growth can bear fruit and…
Acts 2:1-4 Like any well-crafted story, the Bible records dramatic moments that establish templates used to shape and inform other, later events. But rather than merely being good storytelling technique, the Bible uses those moments to introduce important concepts that give insight into God’s character and His relationship with humanity. Exodus’ account of God’s descent onto Mount Sinai offers one of those dramatic, template-forming events. This lesson will follow some of the ways the Bible uses the scene on Mount…
Jesus and mental health – This lesson offer an introduction to the sometimes-challenging issue of mental health and its relationship to following Jesus. Rather than offering simplistic answers, the lesson will use mental health as an evidence of the brokenness of our world and of our need for Jesus. It will also propose that the greatest way Jesus helps us in such areas comes, not from healing, but from the compassion, love, openness, and understanding that should characterize our relationships…
I AM “The light of the world” John 8:12: John, in his gospel, records eight statements made by Jesus that we commonly call his “I AM” statements. Last month we began a study of those “I am” statements that we will continue in this lesson by considering Jesus’ statement, “I am the light of this world”.
John 1:1,14 — Exodus through Deuteronomy devote a large amount of space to the tabernacle, which ought to impress on us the important place God intended it to have within Israel. While the tabernacle served important, functionary purposes, it introduced key ideas about God that found their fulfillment in Jesus who the New Testament presents as God’s new tabernacle.
This lesson (a continuation of the lesson “A Story of Broken Relationships”) will look at Revelation 21-22 to consider the ways in which John’s revelation pictures God restoring His relationship-oriented intentions through Jesus to help us better understand the end of the story we are in and how our relationship with Jesus is moving us towards that conclusion.
“Jesus’ “I Am” statements in John’s gospel offer insights into his understanding of his identity and its meaning for us. This lesson will explore Jesus comment about being the way to the Father in John 14 and will seek to help us better understand his exclusive claim in our pluralistic society.
This lesson will consider Psalm 51, David’s poetic reflection on his sin with Bathsheba, and the perspectives it offers us on God’s forgiveness and the expectations that accompany it.
Genesis 3:1-7 This year we will be dedicating ourselves to becoming more like Jesus. But that focus assumes something important that we need to make explicit – we need to become like Jesus because we are broken people. This lesson will therefore consider the opening chapters of Genesis and their narration of God’s relationship-oriented intentions for humanity and the way that humanity’s rebellion broke those relationships. Additionally, we will explore how humanity’s rebellion fractured three areas of relationships (God, self,…
John 3:1-8 John 3 is a talk between Jesus and a man named Nicodemus. Midway into the talk, Jesus asks, “You’re a teacher, and yet you don’t these things?” I have to believe Nicodemus didn’t see this talk with Jesus ending this way. And yet, striving to be more like Jesus comes with these moments of vulnerability. Jesus came to expose our ignorance & guilt. We can run from it or we can resolve it. But if we accept our…
Romans 6:1-13 The past year has been a year of change for both the 151st church family and for me and my family. You all spent the year regrouping after the Southpoint church plant, preparing for the Richard’s retirement, and searching for a new minister. My family and I spent the past year searching for a new work while preparing the congregation we were at to transition to a new minister. But now we are preparing to enter a new…
Luke 9:57-62: God has given Jesus “all authority in heaven and on earth” and he invites us to submit ourselves to his rule. But both his rule and his kingdom within which he exercises his rule often differs from our expectations.
Matt 1: 18-19: Jesus’ birth… The gospels recount great joy surrounding Jesus’ birth because Jesus fulfilled God’s plan to save His people. But the news wasn’t delivered in the way people would expect.
Matthew 1:18-25 C.S. Lewis stated: “Nothing can seem extraordinary until you have discovered what is ordinary.” He was speaking about how a firm understanding of the way this world works can help us appreciate some of the Bible’s most extraordinary miracles. A reasonable person can believe in miracles &, most importantly, trust the Savior they ultimately point toward.
Hosea 11:1-4 Some of the most touching & moving depictions of God’s love are found in the Old Testament prophet of Hosea. What does it mean to be on the receiving end of God’s steadfast love?
Last week we spent some time exploring the central place Jesus holds in the Bible, a place that illustrates for us the place that he should have within our lives. This lesson will consider the New Testament’s emphasis on Christlikeness, the expectation that Christians think and act like Jesus; an expectation so foundational to Christians’ identities that it even forms their name – Christ-ian.
The kingdom, the covenant, and the kings, Exodus 19:5-6 We began last week by exploring the beginning of the Bible’s story in which we encounter God’s purposes for humanity, humanity’s rebellion, and God’s promise to resolve their rebellion. This lesson continues our survey of the Bible’s history leading up to Jesus by considering Israel’s story from its beginning to its captivity, which introduces God’s chosen people and the law and kings He gave to them.
Jesus made a number of bold claims about his relationship to the Old Testament, asserting that all of its contents revolved around him. But he also made promises to his disciples that contain equally bold assumptions about his connection to the New Testament. Given the nature of Jesus’ claims, we will consider his relationship to the Bible to help us better understand his place in its pages and, therefore, within our lives.
We will begin by considering the beginning of the Bible’s story, moving from the creation to the introduction of Abraham. That narrative section of the Bible introduces God’s purposes for the creation, the sin problem that frustrated His intentions, and His promise to restore His creational purposes, a promise that would eventually find fulfillment in Jesus
Matthew 27: 45-54