Sinopse

Our vision is Gospel Saturation: that every person in our region would have a regular encounter with the good news of Jesus Christ in both word and deed.

Episódios

  • 04 | Bear Witness (Mission)

    04 | Bear Witness (Mission)

    27/09/2020 Duração: 11min

    We’re concluding our September series, looking at our priories - gospel formation, life in community, and everyday disciple-making mission - in John 15. In John 14-16, Jesus is preparing his disciples for his coming departure, and his main theme is the continuation of his mission and ministry through them. Jesus says that all who believe in him will do his works, and that he will give the Spirit to empower believers to fulfill the mission. In John 15, he commands the disciples to do the Father’s business, the same work they saw him doing. He promises to make them fruitful as they go about this mission, and that he will assist them by the Spirit and prayer. Ultimately, they will be fruitful in this mission because Jesus will make them so. Every disciple of Jesus is called to be a disciple-maker, and the church is called to be a disciple-making community. 1. Soma is strong in our gospel-centeredness and a in our practice of community, but we’re weaker in mission. To what degree would you say that is true for y

  • 03 | Love One Another

    03 | Love One Another

    20/09/2020 Duração: 29min

    In John 13, Jesus washes his disciples' feet, a visceral picture of his servant-hearted, sacrificial love for them. In John 15, he tells his disciples to love one another in the same way he has loved them, a direct reference to his foot-washing in John 13. For Jesus, there is no such thing as being a disciple without being deeply connected to a community of disciples. The foot-washing imagery tells us that real Christian community is messy, intimate, mutual, and redemptive. It cannot be done from a distance, cannot be a product of our imagination, and cannot be done in our own power. Only as we come to Jesus as needy sinners - in full acknowledgment of the stinky mess of our own feet! - can we know his love in a way that frees us to build life-giving community together.

  • 02 | Abide

    02 | Abide

    13/09/2020 Duração: 21min

    Over the month of September, we’re digging deep into John 15, exploring Jesus’ imagery of the Vine and Branches, and considering how we’ll live our 3 Biblical Priorities - Gospel Formation, Life in Community, and Everyday Disciple-Making Mission. This week we’re looking at Gospel Formation and unpacking what Jesus meant when he told his disciples “Abide in me, and I in you.” Jesus says abiding means having our lives shaped by his words, his love, and his commandments. Abiding means we allow his words and teaching to shape our vision of life, and we trust his ways. We also learn to believe and receive the love he has for us, allowing all that is ours in him to fill and delight us. But abiding also means we submit to Jesus, surrendering and obeying him, especially when his ways contradict our own. The end result of this kind of abiding is the joy of Jesus being in us and filling our lives - Jesus calls us to abide because he wants our joy to be full!

  • 01 | A Framework for Fruitfulness

    01 | A Framework for Fruitfulness

    06/09/2020 Duração: 26min

    In John 14-16, Jesus is preparing his disciples to carry on his ministry after he is gone. In the middle of all that, he gives them a simple image to describe exactly how he envisions them becoming fruitful in their mission. Jesus is the True Vine, the source of love, life, and joy. The Father is the Vine Dresser, pruning for fruitfulness and cutting off dead wood. And the disciples are branches, fragile offshoots, wholly dependent on the vine but surprising in their capacity for fruitfulness. Over the month of September, we're digging into this rich metaphor, exploring the kind of fruitfulness Jesus promises to create in us and what our role is in that process. Discussion: 1. Read John 15.1-17. Explore the metaphor of the Vine and Branches. What is Jesus emphasizing? 2. Has this been a season of fruitfulness for you? Why or why not? 3. Are there any current habits or practices that are helping you to be with Jesus, his people, and on his mission?

  • 12 | Peter Restored  Sent

    12 | Peter Restored & Sent

    28/08/2020 Duração: 21min

    Here, John concludes his great argument on Jesus as our God Savior of the World. There is a detail he wants to wrap up with Peter, and in doing so Jesus shows us that He uses restored sinners to serve his people and mission.

  • 11 | The Pilate Confrontation

    11 | The Pilate Confrontation

    21/08/2020 Duração: 17min

    While Pontius Pilate is seemingly putting Jesus on trial, really, Jesus is confronting Pilate with the same question that He asks all of us, "Who do you think I am?" and Pilate puts his answer on the cross.

  • 10 | Unraveling Death

    10 | Unraveling Death

    16/08/2020 Duração: 13min

    Jesus’ movement is really gaining momentum. Everywhere he goes people are being healed and changed by him. His following is regularly increasing. In what seems like the most exciting climb to the top, Jesus takes a dramatic turn toward Jerusalem with the cross in mind. His friend Lazarus is sick and dying, but instead of hurrying to help, Jesus delays, allowing time for Lazarus to die and many Jews from Jerusalem to show up to comfort and mourn with Lazarus’ sisters. With a crowd to see, Jesus gives truth to Martha, life to Lazarus, a sign to the Jews, and the ministry of tears to Mary. He always gives what is needed, although oftentimes it is shocking to the recipient and the onlooker. If we are willing to receive him and truly believe, it changes everything!

  • 09 | The Judgment of Light

    09 | The Judgment of Light

    09/08/2020 Duração: 22min

    Not only does John 9 record one of the most vivid stories of Jesus’ power and purpose, and it might be one of the more hilarious stories in the bible. Jesus heals a man born blind, which not only transforms his life but also sets up a series of ridiculous interactions and collisions with his neighbors, family, and the religious authorities. Jesus is arguably the most compelling and important person in human history - and simultaneously the most divisive. His claim is that he is the light of the world, the key to spiritual reality, and the one to whom all people must give total allegiance. For people on the outside, broken by sin and suffering, without access to power or privilege, Jesus brings light and life. But for those in positions of power and authority, for those wanting to remain in control and unwilling to bend their knee to him, Jesus brings judgment. The same sun that melts the wax hardens the clay.

  • 08 | Feasting on The Bread of Life

    08 | Feasting on The Bread of Life

    02/08/2020 Duração: 18min

    Jesus feeds the masses food miraculously and then switches the topic on them and tells them there is much more food than for the belly. He is the Bread of Life we are to feast on.

  • 07 | Sabbath Healing

    07 | Sabbath Healing

    26/07/2020 Duração: 16min

    John 5 begins with a simple story of healing: Jesus finds a man who has been lame for 38 years, and gives him the gift of wellness, even though the man shows no sign of genuine faith. The healing, however, becomes the catalyst for collision between Jesus and the religious leaders, and the lame man becomes a living picture of the inability of religion to bring life. Just as the lame man could not heal himself, so the religious leaders cannot through their diligent efforts find real spiritual rest or fullness of life. Jesus has come to give life, but we must first give up on our own efforts, admit our inability, and come to him empty-handed - which is easier said than done!

  • 06 | The Official’s Needs

    06 | The Official’s Needs

    19/07/2020 Duração: 17min

    Jesus uses an officials desire to have his son healed in order to meet the true need of his soul.

  • 05 | The Bad Samaritan

    05 | The Bad Samaritan

    12/07/2020 Duração: 14min

    Jesus strategically travels through Samaria to find a lone Samaritan woman at an isolated well. Their small talk quickly moves from physical thirst to shameful sins and deep desires. Jesus unflinchingly dismantles her sin, as he did Nicodemus’ self-righteousness, in order to heal her heart, call her into his Kingdom, and at the same time sets the record straight in regards to locations and cultural preferences for worship. This woman, the bad samaritan, is paradoxically sought out by Jesus and becomes one of the first evangelists, leading many Samaritans to proclaim Jesus as Savior of the World.

  • 04 | Born Again

    04 | Born Again

    05/07/2020 Duração: 14min

    John 2.23-25 tells us that Jesus “knew what was in man” and therefore he didn’t “entrust himself to them.” Jesus’ encounters over the next few chapters - Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman, a Gentile official, the lame man at Bethesda - all make clear Jesus’ penetrating insight into human motivations. In John 3, Nicodemus, a Pharisee and ruler of the Jews, comes to Jesus at night, and gets his world flipped upside down. Jesus challenges his narrow understanding of God’s kingdom, reveals the evil of his religious striving, and proclaims a way of salvation so simple that it utterly baffles Nicodemus. But it is in this context of rebuke and challenge that Jesus gives us the most timeless summation of his mission: In deep affection for the world, God gave his Son, opening the kingdom of God for all who believe, now and forevermore. How will we respond?

  • 03 | Glory for the Excluded

    03 | Glory for the Excluded

    28/06/2020 Duração: 11min

    John continues to paint a picture of the extraordinary and unpredictable ministry of the Messiah. Jesus lived most of his life in a place of poor reputation, quiet until he steps into focus, calls some unlikely disciples, and begins to minister in unconventional ways in offbeat places. In our text this week, Jesus gives a small-town wedding a miraculous abundance of really good wine and in a fit or holy zeal cleanses the temple of an unjust marketplace. He sets the tone for his ministry & kingdom: finding the lost and disrupting the religious, offering belief in his name to everyone without partiality, putting his glory on display for the excluded.

  • 02 | Jesus Calls Disciples

    02 | Jesus Calls Disciples

    21/06/2020 Duração: 10min

    John begins his eyewitness account of the life and ministry of Jesus with a massive claim: in Jesus of Nazareth, the uncreated Creator, the God who formed all things and holds them together, showed the world what he is really like. It is a massive claim! And his first move, his first step toward revealing himself, is to gather a group of followers - unlikely and unpromising! - and invite them to “come and see” who he is and what he came to do. Here is a basic description of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus: to submit to him, learn who he is, and believe what he came to do, together.

  • 01 | Believe

    01 | Believe

    14/06/2020 Duração: 09min

    What is the object of our belief? Is it the same as the readers of John? How do we grow the weight of our belief? John presents us with an object of belief that is different than we currently have. If our belief is in this God that is presented here, we will get to watch our lives and world change.

  • Rejoicing

    Rejoicing

    07/06/2020 Duração: 20min

    As we wrap up our 5-part series on having a sustained hope in hard times, we look at Habakkuk's resolve to rejoice in the Lord, come what may. Hope isn't something we accidentally fall into; it must be fought for and cultivated. This is especially true of our 5th key to hope, rejoicing. In the bible, joy is not an emotion that comes and goes based on circumstances; it is a moral imperative, a command we must obey in all circumstances. How can we fight for hope-filled joy when life is hard?

  • Waiting

    Waiting

    31/05/2020 Duração: 18min

    After laying his complaints before God, Habakkuk grows quiet. He's not satisfied with God's answer, but he's not using that as an excuse to give up on God. Instead, he chooses to continue to seek God, carving out time and space to wait on God, listen for him to speak, and linger in his presence. Key to Hope #2 is to learn to Wait on God, shifting attention away from our circumstances and uncertainties to the God who is both present and speaking.

  • Anchoring

    Anchoring

    31/05/2020 Duração: 18min

    We have found ourselves in a season of uncertainty, and it is difficult to discern what is ahead of us in the coming weeks - we could be in a season of hardships of various capacities for some time (or not!). So we're looking at Habakkuk and asking, How can we have hope in these hard times? After voicing his complaints to God, and then waiting on him in silence, Habakkuk hears God speak. God sees the evil of the world, and he is fully intent on bringing justice, renewing the world, and restoring all that has been lost, and these words are meant to reorient us to God's sovereignty over the unfolding of history. And though all this may not happen for some time, we are called to trust God's promise, turn from our idols, and live by faith. The third key to Hope in Hard Times is Anchoring - putting our hope fully in God and his Story of Justice and Glory.

  • Worshiping

    Worshiping

    31/05/2020 Duração: 17min

    As we continue to walk move through this time of uncertainty, filled with many reasons for sorrow and despair, we're looking to the Old Testament prophet Habakkuk for keys on how to live with hope. In chapter 3, Habakkuk crafts a poetic prayer which he intends for corporate worship. In worship we recount God's faithfulness in the past and his power to save his people, and we bring it into our current moment. Key 4 to hope in hard times is worshiping - remembering, singing, and praying.

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