Bad weather last week forced us to postpone the marriage panel, but don’t worry, we got it covered. Josiah assembled a great panel of couples to discuss love and marriage, respond to questions and give their insights into relationships.
Why did Jesus curse the fig tree when it wasn’t the season for figs? Why did Jesus clear the temple of the moneylenders, dove sellers, and those who used these services–services which were necessary for some to worship at the temple? To what does Jesus point us in these stories?
Jesus’ introduction of the Passover meal was an epic moment–he was about to predict his death and provide the definitive explanation of his earthly existence. The disciples did not understand this moment, but the rest of the New Testament (written by the disciples) provides us with the meaning behind this remarkable episode. Let’s consider the eternal consequences of this one moment in time.
“In order to be great you must be a servant. Those who are first will be last…” This was the consistent message of Jesus, but the disciples didn’t understand. Everything about their environment suggested that greatness was associated with power, wealth, and fame. Isn’t this still the problem? As we consider Crossroads on the journey to the cross, let’s refocus on Jesus’ teaching about servanthood.
Have you ever struggled with uncertainty, fear, or worry when thinking about the future? Sunday evening Josiah helped us consider Jesus’ teaching on what we are to do with those concerns in light of the Good News of God’s reign. Josiah shared this message as part of our Life in the Kingdom series from Matthew 6:25-34 titled “Trusting in God’s Provision.”
Matthew 26:6-13. Here is a picture of a woman who expressed extravagant love for Jesus without regard for cultural protocol or what people around her might think. Her gaze was upon Jesus and nothing else mattered. Because of her passionate love, Jesus predicted that her story would be told to the whole world. Here we are 2,000 years later, on the other side of the world, learning from her story.
How are followers of Jesus Christ called to live in the world in light of the way God has worked in our lives? Listen as Josiah considers that question in a message in our new “Life in the Kingdom” series titled City on a Hill. We’ll focus on Matthew 5:13-16.
Here are some important words from Jesus: “Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” Wow, Jesus doesn’t make it easy! Listen in as we continue our new series, entitled Crossroads: Following Jesus to Calvary.
Josiah begins a new series on life in the kingdom of God. We will be studying the Beatitudes as we consider together the transforming nature of God’s rule over creation and the impact of that reality on the way we live.
In this new series, we will consider New Testament passages that lead Jesus and his disciples to Calvary. There are many poignant moments in the journey to the cross which allow us to reflect on the meaning of discipleship. We’ll begin by looking at Jesus’ own description of himself as the good shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep.