Who should be characterized most by gratitude? Luke shows us. On his way to Jerusalem, Jesus happens to stop in a village. There he encounters ten lepers. They crying out for mercy. Jesus responds with instructions to go initiate the steps of sacrificial cleansing. As they go, all ten are cured of the disease. One of them, only one out of ten, returns to say, “Thank you.” Who should give thanks? All who are cleansed, and restored to wellness should give thanks to God. Text: Luke 17:11-19; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; 2 Corinthians 9:15
As Jesus went on mission, the marketplace mattered. Throughout the Gospels, significant “missional moments” occurred in the everyday marketplace. Consider the lunchbox and conversational opportunities which cross our path…everyday. Text: Matthew 9:35-38
Sin destroys everything that touches it. God created all people to bear His image, but sin builds enmity between people based on physical distinctions. Followers of Jesus no longer regard others according to the flesh but see others as God sees them. We no longer live as oppressors and victims but as Children of God. Text: Genesis 1:27; Ezekiel 18:1–4, 18:19–23; Ephesians 4:31–32; 2 Corinthians 5:16–17, Revelation 5:9–10
What do we do with all of the pain and the horror of wrong doing that has been committed against us? In a short, memorable parable, Jesus shows his disciples (and us) the profound secret and pathway to total forgiveness. For followers of Jesus, unforgiveness is not an option, but how does one find a place of authentic forgiveness? Text: Matthew 18:15-35; Leviticus 19:18; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13
The symbol of the vine has been intertwined in Israel’s history and as an image of who God desired His people to be. God planted His people to bear fruit for Him, but sadly their fruitfulness never lived up to the fruit God longed for. This is a picture of each of us today. Being apart from Jesus the True Vine, we bear no good fruit. Abide in the True Vine and God prunes us into a bountiful branch for Christ. Abide in Christ. Text: Psalm 80: 8-11; John 15: 1-8
Everyday life and faith…even among friends can be incredibly difficult, and, at times is a hard slog. Consider a fresh reminder with great promise as told in a parable of Jesus for all who “slog forward” and persist in faith. Text: Luke 11:5-13
A congregational training on how to recognize and prevent child abuse.