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The Burden of Following Jesus

Luke 14:25-35

January 9, 2022 • Jay Thomas • Luke 14:25–35

We begin the year in Luke 14:25-35 with Jesus taking the mic and telling a big crowd, and us, what it really means to follow the Savior. Real discipleship is a burden! Welcome to 2022! But, if you want joy and peace and truth, then this real discipleship is what we have to accept. This is the real discipleship of renouncing our lives so that Christ can be formed in us.

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Crucified, Dead, and Buried

May 15, 2022 • Roddy Dinsmore • Luke 23:26–56

The crucifixion of Jesus is the gravitational center of history. Everything revolves around it. This week we will enter into the story of the crucifixion as we are reminded of the significance and necessity of it in God's story.

Like a Lamb Led to the Slaughter

May 8, 2022 • Jay Thomas • Luke 23:1–25

Jesus for Barabbas. Barabbas for Jesus. The guilty exchanged for the Innocent One. The great exchange. The gospel. That is worth it for us to proclaim that gospel by carrying our cross.

The Healed Garden

May 1, 2022 • Jay Thomas • Luke 22:39–71

There is something to a beautiful garden, isn't there? The foliage, flowers, the scents, colours...a beautiful garden does something to our souls. It is not coincidental. God created us for the perfect garden life. That is where the story began in Genesis. That is where the story will start anew, when Jesus returns. And in the middle, in our passage in fact, there is a Garden. This Garden is a difficult Garden. It is dark. It is brutal. And yet, it is filled with glory and hope. In this Garden, of Gethsemane, Jesus will be and do everything the first gardener did not, so that the fallen first garden would be restored back to being Good. And, even better, because of Jesus's faithfulness in this garden, we are now invited back to Eden.