Who do you say I am?
The stories of the Bible happened in a hero culture. But biblical heroes surprise us. They are not superhuman. They are often weak, lowly, and make wrong choices. They are ordinary people whom God uses to carry out His work. The triumph of the biblical hero is God's, not the hero's.
God’s presence in your life is all you need. Like Moses, you know him! Now you get to go through life doing miracles like Moses did. Salvation is not a human project. Jesus is the human name of God. This table is our Passover.
SCRIPTURE: Exodus 3:11-15
When we align our lives to God's grand story, we find strength like Joseph to handle all the bad things life throws at us. Despite all evidences to the contrary, God knows what he’s doing in your life.
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 37:18-28
Sometimes God's way seems foolish and naive. We become impatient and lose sight of our role in the story. We want to trust the Ishmaels of our own plan B rather than the Isaacs of God's plan A.
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 16:1-2; 17:15-22
The Bible isn't a collection of unrelated stories, but a beautiful mural joined together to tell the grand story of God's great love for us and the lengths to which God goes to draw us to Him.
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 1:1, 26-27
Worship is our response to the majesty of God who is “high and lifted up.” If you were to get in touch with a sense of awe, wonder and astonishment before God, what would that look like?
SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 6
Too often we are like Martha—busy, distracted, and skating on the surface. It takes daily time sitting at Jesus’ feet if we are to grasp how deep is the love of God. Escape the world’s programming. Let God reach deep inside you.
SCRIPTURE: Luke 10:38-42
Love suffers long, says I Corinthians 13. Human love has limits, but God will never abandon you. There are ten distinct passages sprinkled throughout Scripture where God says essentially, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”
SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 3:14-19
How wide is your love range? We’re pretty picky people. We love only certain types. Is that because we’re not sure we are embraced by the width of God’s love? Are you sure that God’s arm span includes you? “Inclusive” is not a four letter word.
If you’ve ever been in place you never asked to be, waiting for the next thing and not knowing when or how it will come, then you can understand Elijah as he sits by the brook. While you are waiting God is working.
SCRIPTURE: 1 Kings 17:1 - 18:1
We have caricatures of Samson as the ultimate body builder. His actual story is that of a hero without a halo: Samson was a man who was led by God to use his gifts but forgot that God was the source of his gift.
SCRIPTURE: Judges 16:15-22
Faced with an overwhelming threat, Hezekiah took difficult circumstances and literally “spread them out before the Lord.” His example guides us in what it means to bring our lives before God.
SCRIPTURE: 2 Kings 19:14-19
Sometimes we have to get to the end of our rope to understand God’s faithfulness. As Deborah’s heroic leadership shows us, when we go where God sends us, He goes with us, protecting us.
SCRIPTURE: Judges 4:1-10
When faced with a difficult decision, Gideon must discern the difference between good risk and bad risk. In life, we must manage many decisions. How do we, like Gideon, know when it’s right to take a bold risk in faith?
SCRIPTURE: Judges 6 - 7
The first step is always the hardest. Courage is when, in the midst of challenge, fear, and uncertainty, we do something. Courage enables us to overcome fear, see possibility in the midst of adversity, and make an impact for God’s kingdom.
SCRIPTURE: Esther 4:12-17
Daniel shows how to build a character of integrity: start with small matters and develop the muscle to stand up under great pressure. The key? Make beliefs always match actions, in private and public.
SCRIPTURE: Daniel 1:3-21
Faithfulness: we all want it, mostly directed towards us. But what does faithfulness look like, and how can we live it out—not only towards God, but towards others, as well?
SCRIPTURE: Joshua 14:6-13