Aiming to tell God's story with our lives.
1 Corinthians: RECALIBRATE – Brian Hopkins
This week we were fortunate to hear from guest speaker, Brian Hopkins. Listen in as Brian talks about the importance of attitude and insights gained from Paul's letters to the Corinthians.
4 Key takeaways:
Self help is always inferior to sovereign helpJesus doesn’t need our help in becoming more appealing.Don’t just pass the class - master the messageHope is the fuel of endurance
The Gospel According to Matthew - Matthew 1-Matthew 12v14
Matthew chapter 1 through chapter 11v19 read by Nathan, Ashley, Steve, Anna, Roxanne, Nick, Shari, Troy, Abbie, Derek, Jill, Bob, Alex, JoLin, Karen, Bill, Alex, Tiffany, Jenn, Andy, Darrel, Justine, Linnea, Carol, Karin, Tiffany, Donnie, David, Jheri, Chris, Elsie, Amy, Christian, Susie, Jeff, Dave, Sheila, Leslee, Tristan, Sean, Angie, and Travis.
The Gospel According to Matthew - A Simpler Way Forward?
This week Adam looks at what it might look like if we were to prune back some of our Christianity in order to refocus on Jesus. In this week's message he references Dallas Willard's quote “Character is developed by increments of fellowship with Jesus.” To what extent is there an invitation to develop a moment by moment conversational connection with Jesus? Could that also be an invitation to be with God by being with Jesus?
Question for reflection:
What might it look like for you to rethink your faith by getting back to Jesus and the Gospels?
The Gospel According to Matthew - A “Love Your Enemies” Field Test
What if Jesus smokes what he sells (so to speak)? In Matthew 11, Adam takes a look at how Jesus responds when it seems John is having doubts. What’s the value of really taking in the implications of this story? Along with that, what’s the value of apprenticing under Jesus and thus learning how to respond to others disappointment with us?
Questions for reflection:
Where in your life is there opportunity to receive God’s kindness toward you?Where in your life is there opportunity to extend God’s kindness toward those disappointed in you?
The Gospel According to Matthew - A Transition to Sent?
What are the things life demands you do, but you don’t particularly enjoy? What if the ideas in Matthew 10 work kind of like that, that is, important to know but not particularly invigorating or glamorous? What if we struggle with this section because the version of Christianity we want to be true is too often in opposition with what Jesus intended?Adam explores these questions and more as he looks deeper at Matthew 10.
The Gospel According to Matthew - Decided, Amazed, or Open
This week, Adam discusses Matthew 9v14-34. In this section, what if Matthew is summarizing the different ways people have been responding to Jesus invitations? What does a closed (decided), amazed, or open posture look like?
Questions for reflection:
What is the value of knowing our current posture, whether in general or on a particular issue?What is a situation in which we’re currently choosing between closed, amused or open?What would “openness” look like?What actions would it take?