7-21-19 The Start of the Church (week 2)

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The Start of the Church: A Community committed to making a difference July 21, 2019   Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of following Jesus. Core Point:  The beginning of the early church started with some very simple activity by the growing community. The early church grew through the activity of people devoting themselves to teachings, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer. These four simple, yet galvanizing, practices helped the church to develop into a life changing organization. Last week of July 14th, we will dialogue about the aspects of Teachings and Fellowship. This week of July 21st, we will dialogue about the aspects of Break Bread and Prayer. The final Sunday of July, we will wrap up the four pillars of the church and begin focusing on being Called and Sent. Start point: Acts is the second letter of a two letter series written … Read More

7-14-19 The Start of the Church (week 1)

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The Start of the Church: A Community committed to making a difference July 14, 2019   Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of following Jesus. Core Point:  The beginning of the early church started with some very simple activity by the growing community. The early church grew through the activity of people devoting themselves to teachings, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer. These four simple, yet galvanizing, practices helped the church to develop into a life changing organization. Over the course of the next three weeks, we will be looking at this model of the early church. This week of July 14th, we will dialogue about the aspects of Teachings and Fellowship. The week of July 21st, we will dialogue about the aspects of Break Bread and Prayer. The final Sunday of July, we will wrap the concept up with focusing on being Called and … Read More

7-7-19 Movie Series: Captain America

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The Start of the Church: A Community committed to making a difference July 7, 2019 Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of following Jesus. Core Point:  The beginning of the early church started with some very simple activity by the growing community.  The early church grew through the activity of people devoting themselves to teachings, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer. These four simple, yet galvanizing, practices helped the church to develop into a life changing organization. Over the course of the next three weeks, we will be looking at this model of the early church. The week of July 14th, we will dialogue about the aspects of Teachings and Fellowship. The week of July 21st, we will dialogue about the aspects of Break Bread and Prayer. The final Sunday of July, we will wrap the concept up with focusing on being Called and Sent. … Read More

6-30-19 Movie Series: The Princess Bride

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The Start of the Church: The Power of One? June 30, 2019   Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of following Jesus. Core Point: One person, in one community, with one Spirit, can change the world. Start point: Acts is the second letter of a two letter series written my Luke.  The first letter is the Gospel of Luke.  Luke was a physician who traveled with the apostle Paul.  The date of the writing is believed to be around 62 A.D. when Paul under house arrest, awaiting trial before Caesar. Many scholars assume Acts was written then because it does not record Paul’s defense, release, and further gospel preaching.  The themes in Acts center on the Holy Spirit empowering the believers to declare the Good News of Jesus the Christ to both the Jews and the Gentiles.  As they declared the Good News, people started … Read More

6-23-19 Big Questions: Why the Bible?

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Overarching Theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of following Jesus. Core Point: We all have questions about God, Jesus, grace, etc. This week, we focus on why we believe in the Bible? Start Point: The book of Hebrews develops the theme of the sufficiency and superiority of Jesus Christ and Christianity over other religions, especially Judaism.  The author speaks to everyone who is wondering why they should follow Christ. This letter was written sometime before the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Jewish temple, which happened in 70 A.D.  We believe this to be true because the religious sacrifices and ceremonies are referred to in the book, that may not be otherwise mentioned if the temple had been destroyed. The author does not name himself, so certainty of the author is unknown.  There are some scholars who suggest Paul was the author.  In chapters … Read More

6-16-19 Big Questions: Why so Exclusive?

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Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of following Jesus.   Core Point: We all have questions about God, Jesus, grace, etc. This week, we focus on why we practice the presence of God or the practice of or faith?   Start point: Some scholars believe that the prophet Daniel wrote the book that bears his name sometime in the early sixth century B.C., although others see evidence that the book was composed later by scribes seeking to be faithful to the Daniel tradition. Either way, it records Daniel was written sometime in the early sixth century B.C. The book was written by Daniel. It records the events of Daniel’s life and the visions that he saw from the time of his exile in 605 B.C. (1:1) until 536 B.C., which was the third year of King Cyrus (10:1). The meaning of the Hebrew name Daniel is “God is Judge.” The book’s central … Read More

6-9-19 Big Questions: Why the Holy Spirit?

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Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of following Jesus.   Core Point: We all have questions about God, Jesus, grace, etc. This week, we focus on why do we have the Holy Spirit?   Start point: Acts if the second letter of a two letter series written my Luke.  The first letter is the Gospel of Luke.  Luke was a physician who traveled with the apostle Paul.  The date of the writing is believed to be around 62 A.D. when Paul under house arrest, awaiting trial before Caesar. Many scholars assume Acts was written then because it does not record Paul’s defense, release, and further gospel preaching.  The themes in Acts center on the Holy Spirit empowering the believers to declare the Good News of Jesus the Christ to both the Jews and the Gentiles.  As they declared the Good News, people started to believe … Read More

6-2-19 Big Questions: Why Jesus?

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Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of following Jesus.   Core Point: We all have questions about God, Jesus, grace, etc. This week, we focus on why believe in Jesus the Christ?   Start point: The Gospel of John was the last narrative written out of the four Gospels, sometime after 70 A.D. and before 90 A.D. The Gospel narratives were probably written to help people remember the story from actual witnesses. Most likely, decades after the death and resurrection of Jesus, the stories about Jesus had morphed into half-truths. Each Gospel had many similar stories but with a unique perspective from the eye witness. The Gospel of John emphasized Jesus as the Christ and Son of God. The people that received this writing were Christians who were struggling with the influence of the Jews who did not see Jesus as the Christ. So, the … Read More

5-26-19 Big Questions: Why God?

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Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of following Jesus. Core Point: We all have questions about God, Jesus, grace, etc.  One of the most asked questions in our culture in the midst of shooters in schools, kidnappings by fake Uber drivers, and war in the world is “Why believe in God when the world is out of control, Isn’t God supposed to be in control?” Yes, the world seems in chaos with so much bad happening. No, God is not making bad happen. Yes, God is allowing bad things to happen Yes, God is in the world working in us to bring about redemption, while through us to bring about reconciliation and peace.   Start point: Date: Date of writing anywhere from 53 to 58 A.D. Audience: Most likely this letter went to believers in Rome, which were mainly house churches.  Group had not formed … Read More

5-19-19 Jesus Sightings – Surprised by God’s Touch!

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Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of following Jesus. Core Point: At times, God surprises us with a unique touch of grace. What do we do with that touch? Tell someone! Start point: Gospel overview: The Gospel of Matthew was most likely written sometime in the decade of 50 A.D. The Gospel narratives were probably written to help people remember the story from actual witnesses. Most likely, decades after the death and resurrection of Jesus, the stories about Jesus had morphed into half-truths. Each Gospel had many similar stories but with a unique perspective from the eye witness. The author, Matthew, was most likely one of the disciples and worked as a tax-collector.  Matthew, because of his vocation, would not have been held in high esteem.  Much like how we view the IRS in the U.S., we love the IRS, right?  Matthew’s Gospel appears to … Read More