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
PM Sermon: Thanks to All Scripture Romans 12:3-8 In 1624, John Donne wrote, “No man is an island, Entire of itself.” He was merely echoing what Paul had written centuries earlier about Christians, “We, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.” As we go through life, we are taught, helped, encouraged and nurtured in manifold ways by uncountable numbers of people. Some make a great impact and others only a small one, but they all contribute to who we are and what we can do in the kingdom. It pays to pause and be thankful for each one of them.
Scripture: John 14:19-24 It is important that churches consistently ask the question, “Is it biblical?” We might not always get the answer right, but it’s certain that we won’t find the answers if we don’t ask this critical question. God gave Old Testament Israel the unique blessing of having his word in writing. In times of unfaithfulness, they forgot that they even had God’s written word. That wouldn’t have happened if they had been asking if the things they were doing were biblical.
Scripture: Luke 24:1-12 If the crucifixion unlocks the door of the gospel, even the unlocked door would have remained closed without the resurrection, and much of the biblical story would be meaningless. Old Testament prophecies and New Testament preaching give great prominence to the resurrection. The crucifixion was a powerful and necessary event, but alone, it left the disciples frustrated and afraid. Even before the coming of the Spirit in Acts 2, the disciples had been transformed by the resurrection of Jesus.
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:14-22 We often think only of our vertical relationship with God when we think of the purpose of “worship services.” By the very fact that whatever we do in these assembles we do together, fellowship becomes a part of it. The church is a distinct community, and this distinctiveness shows when we come together. The church is a loving community, and the loves shows best when we are together. Each “act” of worship is an expression of community, and sometimes the horizontal element is more obvious than the vertical.
Scripture: John 19:14-19 The crucifixion of Christ is a powerful story; a disturbing story; a glorious story. He came to save us by dying for us. At every turn, men opposed him, but in their opposition, they aided his cause. Today, great efforts are made to make sure that punishments and executions are quick and painless. The crucifixion of Jesus was drawn out as long as possible and planned to be as painful as possible. The total ugliness of Christ’s death declares the horrible ugliness of our sins. When we face the horror of the cross we can better appreciate the depth of God’s love for us.
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9-12 Christ is the center of the gospel, but that in no way makes the church unimportant or optional. Fellowship is a word frequently used to describe the special bond that exists between us, God and each other. The Greek word translated “fellowship” (koinonia) refers to what it is that we have in common that makes the church a special community. The idea of community suggests the closeness of relationships and the life of many members acting in community, rather than the simple faithfulness of an individual Christian.
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 Is being a “new creation” a metaphor, or is it a literal reality? Whichever it is, it is the result of the death and resurrection of Jesus. On the cross, Jesus dealt with our sin problem and gave us an eternal hope. Oddly, Paul doesn’t deny that the troubled Corinthian church was made up of “new creation” people, but he encourages them to have a better grasp on what it means to be reconciled to God. He doesn’t call us to be good enough to become a new creation, but calls us to live out the new life that God has granted to those who die with Christ in baptism, and rise with him to live a new, forgiven life.