CHALLENGE YOURSELF!

The Community Studies below are designed for personal or family/group use.  Each study compliments the weekly sermon and includes questions in relation to the Scripture used,  as well as ways you can challenge yourself in the week ahead to implement community and personal actions items in your daily life.

5-20-18 Risen to Lead - From John 21:15-19 Peter spent the last several years of his life following Jesus. He’s had many incredible moments with his Teacher—from being a fisherman called to follow a Rabbi, to walking on water and being told that he is ... Read More
5-13-18 Risen from Grief - From John 11:17-44 Mary and Martha were beside themselves as they watched their brother grow very ill. They wrote to Jesus, and even though he came, he was too late. Lazarus died, and Mary and Martha were grieving the loss ... Read More
5-6-18 Risen to Witness - From John 4:4-30 A “good Jew” would never travel through Samaria. It was a country filled with—what the Jews considered, half-breeds—people who were brought to the area during the years of exile who intermarried with their Jewish neighbors. Many Jewish ... Read More
4-29-18 Risen Together - From Acts 9:1-20 When we meet an angry young man in Acts 7:60, Saul was in full approval of the murder of Stephen. Stephen had been stoned—summarily executed—by a crowd of people livid over Stephen’s implication that they were culpable ... Read More
4-22-18 Risen from Dust - From John 8:1-11 When the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery before Jesus, they were ready to stone her, as the law of Moses allowed them to do. The Pharisees sought to test Jesus and bring charges ... Read More
4-15-18 Risen for More - From Luke 19:1-9 Tax collectors were notorious for cheating the public to fatten their pockets, and Zacchaeus was the chief tax collector in Jericho. In this time in history, if citizens refused to pay a tax or felt it unfair, ... Read More
4-8-18 Risen to Trust - From Psalm 23 Psalm 23 says, “The Lord is my shepherd”—how comforting to read these words. We can take a deep breath in, close our eyes, and imagine sitting in a beautiful green pasture, the sound of a nearby stream ... Read More
4-1-18 Risen from Darkness - From John 20:1-18 When Mary Magdalene found Jesus’ tomb empty, she felt lonely, grief-stricken, panicked, and hurt, as anyone who lost a dear friend would be. But Jesus was more than a dear friend; he’d seen her through her lowest, ... Read More
3-25-18 Messiahs Don’t Suffer and Die - Scripture Luke 23:32-47  (NRSV) 32 Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus[a]there with the criminals, one on his right ... Read More
3-18-18 Messiahs Never Flip Out - Scripture Matthew 21:12-17 (NRSV) 12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will ... Read More