John 3:1-21 – As we look to Jesus our goal is to see Him. To really see Him… to behold Him. In John 3:1-21 Nicodemus has a remarkable encounter with Jesus. In this encounter we observe 3 necessary ingredients to really seeing Jesus.
Matthew 3:13-17 – The baptism of Jesus is an interesting account. Why was Jesus baptized? What’s the significance of the dove? How is God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? If we can answer these questions we can join in the dance of God and discover reality as it’s meant to be.
Mark 8:27-38 – We engage in many conversations in our lives. But some conversations move us to a different place in our lives. In Mark 8 Jesus is having a conversation with his disciples and he asks them, “who do you say that I am?” Our answer to that question is the most important thing about us.
Mark 11:1-11 – The Triumphal Entry Jesus was one of the few times in Jesus life when he was met with pure unfettered worship by the crowds. What did it look like? Worship is more than singing the songs we like or showing up to church when we feel like it. The crowds welcomed Jesus with obedience, sacrifice, and reverence, and in our worship we must do the same.
Luke 18:9-14 – No one would ever choose natural blindness. Yet, there is a diabolical blindness that the human heart seeks after. As we continue to examine our sin during lent, today we examine our willful blindness to sin.
Numbers 14:1-10, 20-45 – In Numbers 14 we observe some crazy behavior in the People of Israel. While it is easy for us to look disparagingly upon the Israelites… it is much more productive and healthy for us to recognize the same behavior as it exists in our own hearts. In this message we examine the enmity toward God, which springs forth from sin.
Genesis 3:6-13 – Like Adam and Eve we all cover ourselves with fig leaves. Our sin causes us to play hide and seek with God. What we need is to have our nakedness clothed in the righteousness of Christ.
Genesis 3 – What is truth? How do I determine right and wrong? Who am I? These are the fundamental questions, which define our existence. If we live our lives on the basis of false answers to these questions our existence will be inauthentic and incomplete. That’s what sin does, it distorts our very person and provides false answers to life’s biggest questions. We need to understand sin so we can understand (and defeat) the root of what desires to take us down.
1 John 5:14-15 – There is an old and well worn axiom in our culture, which states that, "anything worth doing is worth doing well." That is to say that when we engage in an enterprise, we should take care to do it with the highest degree of effectiveness we can muster. This is especially true, or ought to be, about prayer. In 1 John 5:14-15 the apostle John instructs us in a kind of prayer, which is most effective. Listen to learn how to pray this kind of prayer.
Philippians 4:4-9 – We live in the age of anxiety. We encounter so much suffering and injustice in the world, how do we face it without being consumed by it? Paul tells us one of the keys is thanksgiving.
Praying Like David: Psalm 39 – When you’re feeling emotionally flooded, where do you turn? How do you process life and suffering when you’re freaking out? David shows us in Psalm 39 that the Lord is the only one with broad enough shoulders to handle our deepest doubts and grief.
Psalm 18 – The Psalms are a treasure chest of prayer. David doesn’t hold back when he’s talking to the Lord. In Psalm 18 David is under intense oppression and suffering from grave injustices that others are seeking to do against him. How will the Lord respond? Maybe you’ve found yourself in a similar situation. Turn to Psalm 18 and see how David prays and God answers.
John 17: Do you think you can learn a thing or two from Jesus on the topic of prayer? In John 17 He gives us 4 prayer requests: 1. Glorify your Son 2. Protect the saints 3. Sanctify them 4. May they be one. Let’s study Jesus as he leads us before the throne through prayer.
A Refreshing Charge
2 Timothy 3:14-4:5: In his final charge to Timothy, Paul exhorts him to “preach the Word.” But it’s not just for Timothy but for us too. Paul charges us to know where the Word comes from, how it equips us, and finally he challenges us to let the Bible shape the public conversation we engage in.