From Luke 1:39-56. Sometimes we get gifts that are meant just for us – a bottle of cologne, a new tie, etc. Other times, gifts are for the whole family – like a board game, or a basketball hoop. Imagine a gift that was for you, your family, the neighborhood, the whole town…now think bigger. A gift for the nations. That’s the kind of gift that was given in Christ, and Mary reflects on this in the song known as the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55).
From Luke 17:11-19. When Jesus encountered 10 people who had leprosy on the way to Jerusalem he healed all of them. After all of them were healed only one returned to give thanks. I want to be like the leper who returned. I want my life to be a thanksgiving offering to Jesus. Join me as we give thanks to the one who gave us life.
From Matthew 8:28-34. This story of Jesus’ delivering a man from a host of demons may be one of the most bizarre in the Gospels, and yet, bizarre though it is, it’s filled with theological truths that cross centuries and cultures and speak into our lives even today. This account shows us something important regarding the nature of evil and also the nature of the One who takes it on and conquers it.
From Luke 10:38-42. We can become so busy with work and other important details that it can eclipse what is most essential. Are you too busy to pray? Are you too busy to read the Bible? Are you too busy for worship? These are important questions that Jesus wants us to consider. Let’s do that by looking at the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10 – unless you’re too busy!
When a man named Bartimaeus encountered Jesus his life was changed forever – he was healed of blindness. His words, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me” are the starting point for any meaningful relationship with God.
From Mark 10:17-31. When the rich young man encountered Jesus he asked a sincere question from the heart. Jesus gave him an honest answer. Certainly this is a story about the power of wealth, but there is much more to this encounter with Jesus. It’s not really about money; it’s about the heart.
From Luke 7:36-50. Jesus’ openness to sinners has always made the self-righteous cringe. At the same time, it moves sinners to faith, opens the door to forgiveness, and engenders beautifully extravagant acts of love and devotion. Come see what God has for us in the heart-stirring gospel story.
From Mark 2:1-12. This paralyzed man was brought to Jesus and as such was completely dependent on the persistent faith of his friends. They loved their friend, they believed in Jesus, and the paralyzed man was the beneficiary of their faith. It is often true that we serve as the “faith link” between others and Jesus.
From Matthew 8:5-13. This centurion “outsider” was bold (perhaps desperate) enough to approach Jesus and humble enough to ask for help. Some might call it an opportunistic faith, but Jesus saw a simple, confident faith and called it remarkable faith. Consider this story with us and how it might reshape our ideas about faith.
From Luke 5:1-11. This week’s passage lays out Jesus’ call to Peter to step into the middle of the greatest story ever told by trusting Him in faith and joining Him in the mission of proclaiming the Good News. Join us as we explore Peter’s call and the implications of this defining moment on our lives as followers of Christ today.