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.
Ephesians has been praised by many as one of the most influential books in the entire Bible. It describes the wonderful blessings we have as children of God and the responsibilities that come along with those blessings. It is a book that glorifies the gospel of Jesus Christ and the privileges we have as the people of God.
Join us as we study this special letter and explore who we are and what we are called to do as people of faith.
God offered His people many clues about Jesus before he arrived on earth. In this Christmas season study, we will be investigating some of the prominent examples of foreshadowing in the Old Testament where God offers some 'whispers of love' to those waiting for Him to intervene in history.
1 John is a fascinating letter which describes how we can have fellowship with God. "Fellowship" is one of those words Christians throw around a lot, but don't always fully comprehend. Fellowship in 1 John is a genuine partnership and close relationship that we can enjoy, provided we are walking in the light, walking in love, and plugged into God's life.
Those three ideas are the main themes which John highlights as he describes what fellowship with God and with each other looks like. Join us as we study all the proof-positive signs and faith-affirming blessings of fellowship with God.
Everyone - kids and adults, teenagers and the elderly, men and women, white and black, Christian and non-Christian - struggles at one time or another with issues of identity. We question ourselves - "Who am I? What makes me special? How does God view me?". Our enemy loves to use our failures, our doubts, our fears, and our inadequacies to tell us we don't measure up. God has a completely different message. He tells us in His Word that in Christ, we are valued and important. He no longer sees our sin, but instead sees Christ's righteousness. This series will explore the fundamental truths of our identity in Christ, answering that fundamental question "Who Am I?"
The Christmas season is always a special time just as the original Christmas narrative is a special story. We will focus on Jesus' birth this year by investigating some of the important characters and learning the key truths their lives can teach us.