The wait is over, Christmas Day is finally here! The gospel of Luke describes the celebration of those that had long waited for the king. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, we also are expectant, looking forward to all that he will do in our lives in the year ahead.
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 15:21–28
SCRIPTURE: Luke 19:1–10
SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 12:1–14
SCRIPTURE: Mark 2:1–12
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 14:6–21
Central to the Christian message is the idea that a new world is arriving among the present one. That God's kingdom has arrived, is arriving, and will arrive. Part of the Christian life, then, is learning how to live as God's new version of ourselves as God is renewing creation all around us. Today, we'll engage in a conversation about how we do that in day and age.
SCRIPTURE: Philippians 2:12–16
When we identify the end goal of the trajectory we hope to achieve, we need a role model. Becoming like Jesus means we need Him to transform us.
SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthians 3:17–18
Starting a new year often calls us to turn the page, not only on the calendar, but in life. The trajectory we seek for life demands particular tools for our success.
SCRIPTURE: 2 Timothy 1:3–7
Holiday traffic, shopping lists that grow ever longer (and change!), crowded malls, seasonal parties where we eat all the wrong things…and we wonder why we are sometimes in a foul mood at this, “the most wonderful time of the year.” All the more reason to appreciate the fact that Jesus is the Prince of Peace.
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 9:1-7; John 14:25-31
Another of the Bible's stunning declarations about Jesus is that He is “Everlasting Father.” This is not a statement about Jesus’ gender so much as it is about his approachability. Jesus is not just a precept, an idea, or a spirit-being. Jesus has a unique capacity for intimacy as in the way that only a parent can have with a child.
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 9:1-7; John 14:8-14
One of the Bible's great claims about Jesus is that he is “Mighty God.” The implications of this in everyday life are profound for those who dare to put their faith in him. For those who do, there is no longer any such thing as “ordinary.” Every aspect and incident of life is charged with deeper meaning.
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 9:1-7; Colossians 1:15-20
As the Wonderful Counselor, Jesus is one who knows all things, including us, deeply and totally. Though he knows our worst, he entrusts himself to us, bringing us grace and forgiveness and bringing us fully into his presence. And Jesus, more than any earthly advisor, can give us perfect guidance and counsel.
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 9:1-7; John 2:23-25
A provocative element of Jesus’ parables is that they simultaneously point to the present and to the future. An important attribute of a growing, faithful Christian life is the ability to see the present and the future mingled together and to be reminded that our future is being rendered by what we participate in today.
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 25:1–13
We live in a world filled with great injustice leaving us wondering how we should respond. In the parable of the Good Samaritan Jesus offers us a way forward that demonstrates how to respond by loving and serving our neighbor.
SCRIPTURE: Luke 10:25–37
We live in a world that cries out for “more, more, more;” yet Jesus calls us less to accumlate for the sake of having more things, and more to invest in his Kingdom. What does this counter-cultural life look like today?
SCRIPTURE: Luke 12:13–21; Matthew 25:14–30
Our experience with others is dictated by “social maps” with relatively clearly defined roles and expectations, rewards, and punishments. Jesus’ parable of the Pharisee and the Tax-Collector frustrates the social map of Jesus’ own day and suggests that we should examine the way we see our world as well.
SCRIPTURE: Luke 18:9–14