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.

1-20-19 Happy New YOU! – God’s Starfish Community - Scripture Ephesians 3: 14-21 (NRSV) 14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. 16 I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that ... Read More
1-13-19 Happy New YOU! – New Covenant, New People - Scripture: Acts 8:26-39 (NIV) 26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a] eunuch, an important official in charge ... Read More
1-6-19 Happy New YOU! – New Covenant, New Community - Scripture Genesis 15:5-10; 17-18a (NRSV) 5 He (the Lord) brought him (Abram) outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” 6 And he believed ... Read More
12-23-18 A Mary Christmas – Revolutionary Love - Scripture  Luke 1:46-55 NRSV And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me ... Read More
12-16-18 A Mary Christmas – Share the Joy! - Scripture Luke 1:39-49  NRSV 39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, ... Read More
12-9-18 A Mary Christmas – The Path to Peace - Scripture Luke 1:26-38  (NRSV) 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name ... Read More
12-2-18 A Mary Christmas – Hope 2.0 - Scripture Luke 1:26-33 NRSV 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name ... Read More
11-25-18 Why is my Neighbor? – Judaism and Christianity - Scripture: Genesis 12:1-3; Isaiah 49:6 (NRSV) Genesis 12:1-3 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make of you a great nation, and I ... Read More
11-18-18 Who is my Neighbor? – Islam and Christianity - Scripture Luke 10:30-37, New Living Translation. 30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead ... Read More
11-11-18 Who is my Neighbor? – Buddhism and Christianity - Scripture Romans 8:18,28 NRSV 18 I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. 28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who ... Read More