1 Peter 2 walks us through answers to a progression of questions: Who are we? How did we become who we are? How will this identity play out in our daily life? How will we impact others?
We often keep to the aerial blimp view of the world and of the church, which certainly has value but can keep us from seeing each person. We explore Jesus’ use of the expression “little one” and His parable about a shepherd’s concern for one sheep in need.
Jesus tells 7 parables about the Kingdom of Heaven in Matthew 7. They are analogies using scenarios which take place in the here and now. We examine 3 in the middle of this chapter to see what they teach the followers of Jesus about our engagement with the world.
The average person is comfortable with the resurrection story because they don't truly understand it and they don't grasp its conclusions. We reflect on Luke's record of Jesus' resurrection appearances and why we should either be terrified or thrilled by what it means. There is no middle ground.
In the last lesson of our 2017 series on Relational Evangelism, we tackle 2 terms which rarely function together but must for the purposes of evangelism: Urgency and Patience. We need to stress the urgency of a decision for Christ, but we cannot make the mistake of forcing or pressuring someone into "conversion" if their heart is not yet in it.
In anticipation of the mission of Jesus the Messiah, Isaiah describes the gentle care for people who are compared to bruised reeds and smoking wicks. We explore the meaning of these metaphors and how they relate to our mission to all people - even the fragile ones.
Being the salt and light of the world...bringing godly influence into the world...requires big thinking...and small thinking. We explore this theme biblically.
An unlikely but powerful connection between understanding submission and reaching the world with the Gospel