Responsive Love (1 John 4:7-21)

Responsive Love (1 John 4:7-21)

Our understanding of the Greatest Commandment (to love God) is shown through our understanding of the Second Greatest Commandment (to love neighbor as self). But why is it so important to understand why genuine love for neighbor is a response to knowing first that God loved us? We explore how to expand and enhance our love for others by reflecting deeper on God's love for us.

Persecution by Plowing (Psalm 129:1-8)

Persecution by Plowing (Psalm 129:1-8)

Psalm 129 uses some striking and painful imagery to paint a word picture of persecution. But as the word picture plays out, the scenario becomes one of triumph for the people of God.

She Has Done What She Could (Mark 14:3-9)

She Has Done What She Could (Mark 14:3-9)

Some limitations are legitimate. Others may be comfort zone issues. But accepting genuine limitations is part of life. They are not intended to make us feel inferior to others or inadequate for making a difference in God's Kingdom. We look at some biblical examples of those who made a tremendous difference even while facing limitations.

May God's Face Shine Upon You (Numbers 6:23-27)

May God's Face Shine Upon You (Numbers 6:23-27)

We explore parallels between the Aaronic Blessing, Day 4 of Creation, and the placement of 2 of the Tabernacle Furnishings. In the process, we will see tremendous implications for our mission tot he world as God's people.

Partakers of the Divine Nature (2 Peter 1:1-11)

Partakers of the Divine Nature (2 Peter 1:1-11)

"This is who I am. What I do is human nature." We have commonly accepted that instinct, impulse, and inclination define the nature of being human. In fact, Friedrich Nietzsche labeled those who subscribe to the Christian system of ethics as "anti-natural fanatics." But what if instincts - although created good - have been distorted by an intruder into the system...and what we often feel we are living as part of being is actually a sub-human nature? What if the divine nature (that which characterizes God) is intended for us as well? So what are those characteristics and how can we share in them?

Questions That Thicken the Plot: Digging Deeper (Matthew 16:1-4)

Questions That Thicken the Plot: Digging Deeper (Matthew 16:1-4)

In the final lesson in our series on questions in the Gospel of Matthew, we look at some of the questions Jesus raises to others. If the intention of these questions is not for Jesus to gain new knowledge, why does He ask them?

Arrogant Gratitude (Luke 18:9-17)

Arrogant Gratitude (Luke 18:9-17)

In one of Jesus' most memorable parables, He contrasts the prayers of a Pharisee and a Tax Collector. The Pharisee's prayer has the vocabulary of thanksgiving. But it no way is genuine gratitude. Sometimes the language of thanksgiving may be a disguise for feelings of superiority. We look at 2 different ways this can happen.

The Mission Statements of Jesus (Luke 4:16-21)

The Mission Statements of Jesus (Luke 4:16-21)

Jesus makes 7 statements in the Gospels expressing why He had come. We do an overview of these mission statements and their relevance to us.