The Birth of the Church

We’re progressing through the New Testament quickly, moving from Acts to Romans this week.  Let’s pause and take a look at the early church and what they were all about. Were they doing the same things we are doing?

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Jesus Skips Out on the Crowd

This week’s lifegroup discussion questions tie both to our recent Year of the Bible reading, as well as this past Sunday morning message.  I hope that’s okay with you.

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Jesus as the Crucified Messiah

Our vision of who Jesus really is can be dramatically influenced by our traditions and incorrect understandings. Gospel writer Luke understood this, and presents Jesus through the eyes of many various onlookers to discover Jesus the Crucified Messiah.

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Jesus: God With Us

Normally, we think of this concept at Christmas time.

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.

“Emmanuel” means “God with us,” a title from the Old Testament given symbolically to Jesus. This symbolic name reminds us that God Himself clothed himself in the person of Jesus for us.

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Jesus As Israel?

The narratives of the gospels really present a different type of reading for us, don’t they?  Matthew’s gospel, in particular, is very unique in the way he represents Jesus to us. Today we are going to look carefully and read deeply to see how Matthew ties Jesus to the Old Testament story of Israel, bridging the gap between the Old Testament and the New Testament.

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The Story So Far- Part 2

It has taken nearly eight months, but we have finally reached the end of the Old Testament!  How is your group partying this week?

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The Story So Far: Part 1

After about 8 months of being in the “Year of the Bible,” we are finally about to move out of the Old Testament.  The Book of Chronicles marks the end of the Hebrew Scriptures.  It is sort of a look back at the story up to now, going back through Israel’s journey from the viewpoint of those Jewish survivors involved in the mostly unsuccessful “return from exile” that we read about in Ezra – Nehemiah.

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