Out of the Box

The New Testament letter of Paul to Philemon is his shortest (a single chapter in our English Bibles) but it packs a huge punch! It’s a very personal story that captures, in miniature, the Big Story of God that everything is new because Jesus has come as the world’s rightful king.
 
Paul, the slave owner Philemon, and his runaway slave Onesimus, all must truly think “Out of the Box”  if they are going to follow Jesus seriously. And so must we! 
 
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Re-humanized

Advent season is here! The four weeks before Christmas will put a laser focus on the Incarnation.  Our teaching series is called “REhumanized!”  These four messages will be especially clear and practical for those new to biblical faith and the church. Here is the beautiful and rich theology underneath this series:

Our human existence and the community we share are flawed by sin. So when the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity made human nature his own and was born as Jesus, he defined what it means to be human. “Through his incarnation, Christ becomes the model who sits for the restoration of the divine image damaged by sin, yet as the Creator he is also the painter of God’s image.” (Athanasius, 298-373)

This means that Christ, who is God’s perfect image, shares that image with humankind, thus restoring us to kinship with God and bringing salvation from fallenness and sin. Because he has become human, he has made all human persons his kin. He has become the origin and center of a new humanity, a new community!    - God’s Many-Splendored Image, N.V. Harrison

We live in a broken world of dehumanized people. Jesus came to REhumanize us!

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We Are the Church

October 20 - November 24

"There is nothing like the church when it's working right. The local church is the hope of the world."  Bill Hybels
 
So what does "working right" look like? From October 20 through November 24, we will explore the characteristics of healthy church community. How do generosity; unity; servanthood; prayerfulness; and family get lived out - TOGETHER?
 
As we have examined what it means to be a Disciple, we now prayerfully examine what it means to be the Church. Here. Now. We want to explore together what it means to be the "Body of Christ" bringing hope to the world!
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I am a Disciple

Can I really become like Jesus?  Jesus still calls disciples to seriously follow Him; to be changed to be more like Him; to live with other disciples in such a way that others around us can tell we've been spending time with Jesus!
 
Beginning September 8th through October 13th, we will explore six characteristics of a Disciple.
 
In addition to reading Mark's account of Jesus, we will have several other resources available to help us dive deeper.
Don't miss this series designed to help all of us take another step toward lives transformed by God!
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Follow Me the Year of Matthew

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    Mind the Gap

    Our weekend teaching series for Summer '13 is called "Mind the Gap." In Europe, this is the "watch your step" sign when you get on a train. But God calls us to mind a different kind of gap - the gap between what we know in our heads and what we experience in our hearts or practice every day!

    We will explore ten crucial "Gaps" and how to fill them with a deeper more authentic experience of God in our lives and our relationships.

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    Four Battles You Can't Win Alone

    The New Testament book of 1 Peter helps us understand who we really are "in Christ," so that we can be who we really are in society. Chapter 4:12-5:14 we're calling "Four Battles You Can't Win Alone.
     

     

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    YOLO - What Will You Do With the Rest of Your Life?

    The New Testament book of 1 Peter helps us understand who we really are "in Christ," so that we can be who we really are in society. Chapters 3 and 4 will be the basis for our mini-series we're calling "YOLO" (You Only Live Once!)  This is no call to selfish hedonism. It is a call to take more seriously the life we were designed for

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    Tough Questions

    The Christian faith is a reasoned faith. And the church must be a place that welcomes the tough questions. A place where we can discuss our own questions and doubts freely and dialog with others respectfully. In this series we'll open the discussion:

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    Identity - Who Are We Really

    This winter and spring our Sunday teaching will be from the New Testament book of 1 Peter. Peter helps us understand who we really are "in Christ," so that we can be who we really are in society. The first 'mini-series' (chapters 1 and 2) explores our Identity as Christ followers - ending in Holy Week and the celebration of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday with several people being baptized that morning.
     
     
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