The Trials of the Rich and the Poor (James 1:9-12)

The Trials of the Rich and the Poor (James 1:9-12)

How does the Gospel change the rich? How does it change the poor? What trials and temptations do each group face? And what does it all mean for relationships between those from different economic backgrounds now in the Kingdom?

Behind the Traditions (Matthew 15:1-9)

Behind the Traditions (Matthew 15:1-9)

We explore 3 kinds of traditions: those built on biblical precedent, those which violate biblical precedent, and those which are neutral and should be flexible. What are the dangers which can come with all 3 kinds?

Mothers In the Image of God (Hosea 11:1-4)

Mothers In the Image of God (Hosea 11:1-4)

While the Bible does use the masculine pronouns for God and portrays Him as our Father, men are not the only ones made in the image of God. And God is not only the model for fathers but also for mothers. We look at some passages which use mothering language to describe God’s nurturing activity with His children. And what does this language teach us about mothering?

Job and Jesus (Job 16:18-22)

Job and Jesus (Job 16:18-22)

As part of our long series exploring the themes of each Bible book and how the book points us to Jesus, we tackle Job and find at least 2 ways which the message anticipates Jesus - The Innocent Sufferer and The Advocate.

The Coming of the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:13 - 5:11)

The Coming of the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:13 - 5:11)

Recently we spoke of an intermediate state following the death of the current body, a time during which we wait for a future event. This event is called “The Coming of the Lord” or “The Day of the Lord.” We begin today to explore some texts which describe what happens on this day, starting with the message in 1 Thessalonians.

On the Outside, Looking In (1 Corinthians 5:1-5)

On the Outside, Looking In (1 Corinthians 5:1-5)

John Thompson shares this message on what those outside the body of Christ are missing out on.

To the House of the Lord (Psalm 122:1-9)

To the House of the Lord (Psalm 122:1-9)

Psalm 122 is a journey to and from a collective worship gathering with the people of God. The journey gives us 3 stages: Anticipation of the Collective Worship, Participation in It, and Transformation from it as we go back into the world.

Responses to Questions: Part 3

Responses to Questions: Part 3

Responses to the following questions:

1. Are we making an idol out of the cross?
2. What is a scriptural divorce and what isn’t?
3. As children of God, are we sinning when we are afraid to die?

Memory: The Supper of Remembrance (Luke 22:14-20)

Memory: The Supper of Remembrance (Luke 22:14-20)

We cap off our series on how the Christian handles Memory by exploring what the weekly sharing of the Lord’s Supper teaches us about our memories. We examine the remembering of our Lord from 3 angles: His Story, My Story, Our Story.

Hacking at the Branches (John 15:18-27)

Hacking at the Branches (John 15:18-27)

As the followup to "Life on the Vine," we now turn to the rest of John 15, where Jesus warns His disciples that there will be opposition to God's Vine Project. Many who are of the world will try to contain the Vine's spread by hacking at the branches. Why do they see the Vine as an invasive, unwanted plant? What is their strategy to deal with its presence in their backyard? And what role does the fruit play in how they perceive Christian influence?