The Feast, or Day, of Epiphany is celebrated on January 6th each year. The season of Epiphany runs from January 6th until Ash Wednesday, which marks the first day of Lent. The Greek word for epiphany means "manifestation" or "appearance," and during Epiphany the church celebrates that Jesus is revealed to be the Son of God and the Savior of the world. There are three stories from the Bible that are typically looked to during Epiphany to see this revealing of Jesus: 1) the Magi traveling to offer gifts to baby Jesus. 2) Jesus's baptism. 3) Jesus turning water into wine. All of these stories are seen as the glory of God being revealed in Jesus who came to the earth to save Jew and Gentile.
Advent is a time of eager expectation. As we look at the first coming of the Messiah in a manger, we can be reminded of the longing that the Israelites had for the coming Savior. And now, on this side of the cross of Jesus, we wait expectantly in confident hope for the return of our King who will make his dwelling place with us in the new Jerusalem.
A Hot Mess
We are going to be in 1 Corinthians for most of the year. I've titled the series "A Hot Mess" because it really does capture the Corinthian Church and the American Church. From divisions, discipline, sexuality issues, male/female dynamics, gifts (spiritual and otherwise), love of one another and neighbor, glorifying God, and the basics of the good news message. The one constant through all this is the good news. The gospel has something to say to all of life, and the aim of the Corinthian letter is to bring the church into faithful obedience to King Jesus in all of life both individually and corporately. The Church is not perfect right now, and we mess up on a lot of things. We are truly a hot mess, but we are Jesus' hot mess and in his love he is making us whole.
Beginning May 23rd, we will be doing a 7 week series on spiritual warfare and the Holy Spirit through the book of Ephesians. The title of the series is “Waging War”. We are going to work through a chapter a week in Ephesians and then end the last week looking at Jesus as King. The goal of this series is to lead us in understanding and thinking about spiritual dynamics such as powers and principalities, the demonic, and satan’s schemes, as well as focusing on the Triune God and what it all means for us in our daily lives. Ephesians has much to say about these spiritual forces, and what the gospel of Jesus gives and does in and for us in regards to these spiritual forces. Ephesians 3:10-12 is such a powerful couple of verses that draw it all together: “…so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.”
Come to Me
There are many things in our fallen world that burden us as we struggle under their weight. Our efforts to make our lives what we want them to be or to endure trouble and affliction in our own strength has only left us tired and weary as our deep needs are revealed. But Jesus invites us to come to Him to receive the rest and refreshment our souls long for because His loving heart for us deeply delights in this.
The Vine and the Branches
We will be spending 2 weeks looking at John 15:1-17. In this passage Jesus describes himself as the vine and us as the branches of that vine, provided that we abide in him. We will be digging into what it looks like to abide in Jesus and what it means to be united in the vine with other branches. This series will be a probe into both vertical (God and man) and horizontal (man and man) reconciliation and will in many ways continue the theme of our Advent series.
God & Sinner Reconciled
This advent season we will be focusing on the reconciliation that Jesus brought between God and mankind. What does it mean to be reconciled to God? Not only has Jesus reconciled us to God, he has also brought reconciliation in human relationships. This reconciliation is powerful and sweet, but it came at great cost. Jesus was born that he might die for our reconciliation with God.
When Darkness Falls
“When Darkness Falls” is a 3 weeks series on mental and emotional health. The three weeks will deal with removing the stigma of mental/emotional health, centering us on Christ in the darkness, and our great hope being that Jesus will never leave or forsake us. The season we as a country are entering in is going to be dark. The winter season is hard enough on it’s own, but post election, covid rising, holidays, deaths, etc. it’s going to be darker than many have ever experienced.
James is one of those in your face books of the bible. James, the brother of Jesus, writes to the Church about a range of topics, such as enduring trials, hearing and doing, not showing favoritism, faith and works, taming our tongues, rich and poor, and more. James essentially teach us how we as Christians are to live according to our faith in Christ. Our faith in Christ is not passive, but active. Simply put, faith works. We don’t work for salvation, rather we work from salvation. We are saved by faith in Christ alone, so that we can work by faith in Christ alone. James primary aim is our wholeness in Christ Jesus. Join us for this 11 week series looking at what it means to become whole in Jesus Christ alone.
This is a 6 week series in the book of Titus. We will be looking at what makes for a healthy church. We do not merely desire to be a “church” for church sake, but a healthy Church that exists for the glory of God. This series will look at the importance of gospel centrality, healthy leadership, healthy relationships, transformed lives, and living on mission and in community with one another. The good news of Jesus Christ creates, sustains, strengthens, and multiples the Church.
Waiting On God
This is a 4 week series in the book of Habakkuk. Habakkuk is a prophet sent by God to speak out against Judah. He has two major complaints to God, and God answers in ways he was not expecting nor did he like. This book is full of waiting, groaning, longing, anger, and hope. Waiting on the Lord is hard, and it even harder in the dark. We do not like waiting on God for justice, like Habakkuk, or do we like waiting on God for anything else. It’s hard in its own right, but even harder in a culture of immediacy. We believe we are in a time of waiting on God right now. We have more questions than answers, and the answer we do get we don’t like. How are we to wait in the dark? By trusting Jesus alone, the One who is light!
There are many calls in the New Testament to persevere in the Christian life for the sake of Christ. We must be encouraged to continue following Jesus with intentional effort because internal struggles and sinful desires, and external trials, pressures, and persecutions tempt us to turn away from Him. But it is always for God's glory and our joy in Christ to persevere in the faith.
Everything Sad Will Come Untrue
This series is driven by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We will spend 6 weeks looking at how Jesus rose victorious over death, Satan, sin, and suffering. Because of Jesus’ resurrection, we who trust in Jesus have a confident hope that soon all these sad things will come untrue. Jesus’ resurrection didn’t just point to a future resurrection and life in heaven, but to a whole new creation. We will see how Christ’s resurrection changes everything for us, and how we live by faith everyday in Jesus Christ.
Many people either overlook or simply do not know about the letters Philemon, 2 John, 3 John, and Jude in the New Testament. These brief letters have much to say, but are often missed. In this 6 week series, we will explore each of these letters. They speak to reconciliation and forgiveness, love and hospitality, and protection and perseverance. According to the Oxford dictionary, brief, as a noun, means “a concise statement or summary.” This word describes these letters well, as they are both short and concise.
What does it look like to be committed to the local church? This is a 6 week series focused on what it means to be committed specifically to Redeemer, but also to the local church in general. We will look more at why we value gospel, mission, and community, and how those values are primarily lived out together in gospel community. This series is about more than church attendance or participation. It is about being committed to Christ, to Christ’s body (the church), and to Christ’s mission in the world.