The Jesus I Never Knew

The Difference He Makes

Week Fourteen • August 28, 2016 • Paul Stewart

Jesus reveals a God who comes in search for us, a God who makes for our freedom even when it costs the Son's life, a God who is vulnerable. Above all, Jesus reveals a God who is love.

Kingdom: Wheat Among the Weeds

Week Thirteen • August 21, 2016 • Paul Stewart

God's kingdom can only be glimpsed in parables, because the world contains no actual example of it. Jesus' metaphors of the kingdom describe a kind of “secret force” that works from within. We are initiated into God's kingdom by taking the gospel and listening, reflecting, discussing, applying, and working it into your heart.

Ascension: A Blank Blue Sky

Week Twelve • August 14, 2016 • Paul Stewart

Jesus Christ has ascended to the throne and commissioned his followers, the Church, to continue the work he began. The church is a people standing in covenant with God and one another, who are a sign of God's reign and a reflection of the divine love. Jesus is seated on the throne and therefore we are a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God (Genesis 12; 22; 1 Cor 12:27; 1 Peter 2). We are a portrait of God’s promise and love for all humanity. Jesus' presence is with us, which means that together we are co-participants in the fellowship of the triune God (John 17:20,21). We are a radical new community. We are a portrait of the love between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus is at the end of the age - restoring all things. Therefore as his covenant people we pioneer in the present the principles that will characterize the future kingdom of God; God’s new order of peace, righteousness, justice and love (Luke 10; Eph 2). We are a portrait of what is to come!

Resurrection: A Morning Beyond Belief

Week Eleven • August 7, 2016 • Paul Stewart

Like everything else in Jesus' life, the resurrection is an all or nothing choice: Those who believed were transformed; infused with hope and courage, they went out to change the world.Those who did not believe found ways to ignore strong evidence.

Death: The Final Week

Week Ten • July 31, 2016 • Paul Stewart

Of all the statements of Jesus from the cross, his cry in Matthew 27 is easily the most disturbing, the most perplexing, and the most confusing. But in these final breaths of Jesus we see the true nature of his suffering, the purpose of his suffering and the outcome of his suffering.

Miracles: Snapshots of the Supernatural

Week Nine • July 24, 2016 • Nate Evans

A king who comes to deal out life, not death. Who gives bread, but not just bread to eat. Jesus is ultimately our bread. Bread is a symbol for life. And JESUS is the BREAD of LIFE. Jesus always puts his rights and needs behind his compassion for us. He gave up his throne for a stable. He gave us up Heaven to traveling around and having no place to lay his head. He gave up honor for an old rugged cross. THIS is the unexpected revolution.

Mission: A Revolution of Grace

Week Eight • July 17, 2016 • Paul Stewart

There is a striking pattern throughout all four gospel accounts of Jesus life: the more unsavory the characters, the more at ease they seemed to feel around Jesus. Meanwhile the more respectable types found him shocking, even revolting. So the question immediately arrises, what has happened to reverse the pattern of Jesus' day? Why don't sinners like being around the Church?

Message: A Sermon of Offense

Week Seven • July 10, 2016 • Phil Simmons

Nowhere does Jesus talk more clearly about what it looks like to follow him than in the Sermon on the Mount. It's a provocative and counter-intuitive announcement about what happens when God shows up: The poor, the meek, and those who mourn are called blessed. Enemies are loved, the poor are cared for God's will is done on earth.

Beatitudes: Lucky are the Unlucky

Week Six • July 3, 2016 • Paul Stewart

The Sermon on the Mount is a concise statement of Jesus’ teachings on how to actually live in the reality of God’s present kingdom.

Profile: What Would I Have Noticed?

Week Five • June 26, 2016 • Paul Stewart

Jesus says we are all restless and then he offers us himself as the only way to find true rest.

Temptation: Showdown in the Desert

Week Four • June 19, 2016 • Paul Stewart

Here in the wilderness two giants of the cosmos converged on a scene of desolation. One, just beginning his mission in enemy territory, arrived in a badly weakened state. The other, confident and on home turf, seized the initiative… The same tempter who had found a fatal spot of vulnerability in Adam and Eve in the Garden… took aim against Jesus in the wilderness. - Philip Yancey

Background: Jewish Roots and Soil

Week Three • June 12, 2016 • Nate Evans

To know Jesus' story I must, in the same way I get to know anyone else's story, learn something of his culture, family, and background.

Birth: The Visited Planet

Week Two • June 5, 2016 • Paul Stewart

The birth of Jesus is the incarnation of God. The God of the universe comes into our world; into our flesh. If Jesus came to reveal God to us, then what do we learn about God from the incarnation?

The Jesus I Thought I Knew

Week One • May 29, 2016 • Paul Stewart

In this series we’ll peel away popular stereotypes to uncover a Jesus who is brilliant, creative, challenging, fearless, compassionate, unpredictable, and ultimately satisfying.