James is a fascinating book that covers a variety of topics. From playing favorites to faith healing, James has words of wisdom for a plethora of situations. Some have seen a lack of unified thought but a careful review finds that James is exhorting the people of God to display their genuine faith. His instructions ultimately paint a picture of what working faith looks like in the mess and chaos of everyday life.
One of the most common themes in the New Testament is the command to "One Another". Regardless of the book or author, the New Testament places a priority on how we interact as the body of Christ.
This series investigates the major One Another commands as we seek to be the kind of community God wants us to be.
Esther is one of the most complicated stories in all of Scripture. It has been disparaged, praised, ignored, and sanitized.
A straightforward reading of this book brings up a lot of moral questions, including "Where is God and why isn't He mentioned?" As we work through this book, we'll discover God's fingerprints are all over this story as He works behind the scenes to accomplish His will.
In the end, the book reminds us that nothing can stop God from keeping His promises. It's a glorious truth repeated from Genesis all the way to Revelation. And here in Esther, we see it play out despite the participants including unwitting world leaders and unfaithful people.
We live in a very developed and technological age. Many problems of the past are no longer issues. We read of ancient cultures and peoples sometimes believing we'd never make the same mistakes.
Idolatry seems like one of those struggles the ancients had to deal with that we no longer worry about. If we buy into that, we're seriously deceiving ourselves. Our idols may look different and our idolatry may take different forms, but we are still guilty of it.
In this series, each week we'll expose a different American Idol that we need to be wary of.
The Apostle John wrote his gospel account of Jesus' life after most of the NT was already written. As John neared the end of his life, he recorded his reflections on his years spent beside Jesus.
Unlike the other Gospels, John declares his theological views right up front. Jesus was the Son of God, sent to save mankind from their sins.
One of the most powerful ways John does this is to describe seven key miracles Jesus did as signs that revealed who He was. In this series, we will explore these incredible stories and highlight what they reveal about Jesus and what our response ought to be.
The Gospels open up the New Testament as essentially biogrophies about Jesus. Each one has it's own distinct purpose and perspective.
For this Advent season, we're examining how each of these books addresses the birth of Christ.
No matter how much we try to hide it or distract ourselves from it, finding meaning and purpose in life is almost impossible.
The book of Ecclesiastes chornicles the futile search for signficance. While much of the book is dark and discouraging, we are meant to realize that only by pursuing God are we able to find fulfilment and meaning in life. So in this series we are going to confront all the common ways in which people search for purpose. We are also going to confront the powerful truth that only through Christ do any of these things matter at all.
A.W. Tozer has written, "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us."
In His Word, God has given us a clear picture of who He truly is. This picture is amplified by the very names that are assigned to God. They are more than just general designations or labels, the names of God are meant to convey his characteristics and personality.
We explore the major names of God in this series and how they can help us know Him better.
For each of the past two summers, we have looked at Big Themes in little books.
In 2015, we tackled the oft-overlooked Minor Prophets of the Old Testament and the challenging questions and significant lessons each book teaches.
In 2016, we are working through the shorter letters of the New Testament and exploring the problems, issues, and theological perspective each of them brings to bear on our lives.