The Jesus I Never Knew
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.
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