June 2017

Jehovah’s Witnesses

Our last look at world religions takes us into the history and beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Can a group who calls Jesus “Savior” and holds the Scriptures in high regard really be that different from our Christian churches? John 1:1-5 serves as our text as we answer these questions and more.




May 2017

Mormonism

The Church of Latter Day Saints, otherwise known as the Mormons, appears to be in sync with Christianity at first glance. However, as you dig further into the history and beliefs of the Mormons, it becomes quite clear that the two have very little in common. This is especially true in light of passages of Scripture like Ephesians 2:1-10, which is the foundation for this message.




Hinduism

Using Psalm 139 as our setting for both Mother’s Day and this message, we consider the biblical theme of a personal God who knows us intimately and who is responsible for our creation and redemption, in contrast with the spirituality of Hinduism, which holds no such beliefs.




Islam

Today’s study takes us into the religion of the Muslims, Islam. With Jesus’ words in Matthew 9:10-13 as a point of reference, we’ll consider together the background, beliefs and pitfalls of Islam, as well as affirming our convictions as Christians.




April 2017

Judaism

As we begin taking a look at world religions, we start close to home by comparing and contrasting Judaism with Christianity. Using Romans 9-11 as our guide, we attempt to answer questions about what the Jews believe, what we have in common with them, and how we should approach their faith.




Coming Together in Christ

In the 10th chapter of the Book of Hebrews, the author points his audience to the tearing of the curtain in the temple that coincided with the death of Jesus. Since Jesus has made a new way for us to approach God and has given us the confidence to do so, there should be some outcomes in our lives as followers of Jesus. Join us in this study as we consider how we can come together in Christ.




Responding to Jesus

As we read the gospel accounts surrounding the events of the cross and resurrection of Jesus, one thing stands out: everyone had a strong opinion about who Jesus was. It seems that each person who saw Him from that point on either wanted Him dead or was willing to die for Him. Join us as we consider our own stance before Jesus during this Easter Sunday message.




Prison-Shaking Savior

It is inspiring to read stories like the one contained in Acts 16, where the Lord does the miraculous to save Paul and Silas from prison and to save their guard at the same time. Though most of us don’t find ourselves in literal prisons, we do end up in prisons of the heart, mind and soul. Can God help us out of those as well?




March 2017

Lead Through Encouragement

One powerful trait of a biblical leader is the ability to offer encouragement. Few of us underestimate the power of encouragement in our own lives, though we may underestimate our ability to offer it. Join us in this study in 2 Timothy as we consider the power of encouragement and learn four simple ways we can offer it to others.




Fight the Good Fight

In order to lead well as a Christian we have to be active participants in the mission of God, not just spectators or even cheerleaders. 1 Timothy 6:11-20 contains several calls to action that are crucial to our leadership as we fight the good fight of the faith.




February 2017

Stick to the Truth

In a culture focused on false news and alternative facts, it is as important as it has ever been for Christians to know and teach the truth. And where do we find that truth that makes our leadership biblical? The Bible! Join us in this study of 2 Timothy 3 as we hear Paul’s testimony and instruction on why we ought to stick to the truth of the Scriptures.




Leading from the Heart

As we begin tackling the principles of biblical leadership from the Apostle Paul’s letters to pastors Timothy and Titus, our focus is on Paul’s gratitude for God’s grace and his desire to serve. All good biblical leadership is grounded in first being a committed disciple of Christ; the most important work of leadership is done in our hearts.




January 2017

Dressed for Success

Most of us at one point or another have had to dress a certain way according to the job we held. There is an appropriate attire that works best for each specific occupation. The same can be said of our ministry at work: there are certain things we can put on to enhance our ability to complete our task, which is to share the message and love of Christ with others. Colossians 3:12-17 instructs us in what to wear and how to wear it so that we can be dressed for success in God’s eyes. 




Employees for Christ

Colossians 3 instructs slaves to obey their masters, encouraging us to work with all of our hearts, as if working for the Lord. Join us as we unpack these verses and consider what they mean to us in our present day circumstances.




Made to Work

Your work matters! It matters because we spend so much of our lives at work. It matters because it is one of the reasons God made you. And it matters because everyone has a significant contribution to make, regardless of whether or not there is a paycheck attached to your work. Join us as we begin exploring the nature of work and the pattern God gave us for work from a biblical perspective in Genesis.




All Things New

Being a Christian is not just about improving on your current life, it is about receiving new life, becoming a new creation in Christ. Along with this rebirth comes the death of certain things and new places that God wants to take us. As we enter into a new year, it is a perfect time to commit to following the Lord this year, wherever He may lead us.




December 2016

Sanctification

Having established that Jesus’s time on earth both showed us what righteousness looks like and allows those who put their faith in Him to be credited as righteous, we now turn to our last consideration of the series – that our knowledge of Jesus actually leads to our growing in righteousness. Join us in this study of 2 Peter 1 as we learn that God has given us everything we need to live a godly life through our relationship with Jesus.



Our Justification

While we do benefit from Jesus giving us a demonstration of what righteousness looks like with His life, it can also leave us feeling inadequate as we constantly fall short of Him. The good news of the gospel is here, that though we are unrighteous by nature, Jesus provides salvation by being our justification for heaven. Join us in this study through Romans (focusing on 4:4-5) as we consider Christ, our justification.




November 2016

A Demonstration

Though we all have certain expectations for this Christmas, it is what Jesus has already given that we celebrate each year during Advent. For the first part of this three-week series, we turn our attention to the demonstration of righteousness Jesus offered us when the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.




Keep a Godly Perspective

As temporary citizens of this country and this world as we now know it, it is difficult but necessary for us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, to keep a godly perspective. in this study we look to Daniel and how he navigated his way through the government of his day as inspiration and instruction on how we might do so today.






 

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