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.
Proverbs is the compilation of many different truths and observations on life. This book stands out in Scripture for its practical guidance that can powerfully affect our lives. While it offers not absolute guarantees, it does offer general lessons we can rely on as we navigate various circumstances in life.
Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians to encourage them that despite the current circumstances, there was much to be excited about. Ultimately, in four simple chapters, Paul paints a picture of what genuine faith looks like - especially when we are confronted with situations that are less than ideal.
The Psalms are familiar to many but known by few. We read them and are amused by their poetry, fascinated by their imagery, but also overwhelmed at the length of the compilation of ancient hymns.
Yet when we truly understand them and seek to know them fully, we will be struck by just how transparent they are. The Psalms speak to the human condition in all it's forms. Joy and celebration, depression and frustration, homage and servitude, glory and wonder - all are captured beautifully by the authors of the Psalms. Join us as we explore how ultimately they point to God's "Worth-ship" - how the Lord is worthy of our faith and our utmost praise.