Lent: Father Forgive Them

Lent: The 7 Last Words of Jesus
February 18 – Lent: Father Forgive Them

Feb 4 - Truth Speaks to Power: Justice, Advocacy and our Prophetic Voice

When we look at the world around us we can feel overwhelmed by the brokenness, conflict and violence we encounter each day. We who have encountered the God of truth have been entrusted with the prophetic calling to proclaim God’s desire for justice. In our English language context we have often read texts like Matt. 5:6 and 5:10 as referring to personal righteousness when the original term is more often translated as “justice” in other languages. It sounds quite different to us to hear Matt 6:33 read as “seek first the kingdom of God and its justice.”

Who’s Calling?

1 Samuel 3:1-10, John 1:43-51

Advent 5: Yes! Let it be new

December 31, 2017

Focus statement: We marvel at the vastness of God’s plan. We celebrate in exuberant praise what God has done and will continue to do.

Scripture: Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 148; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:25-32

Advent 1: Let it be

Focus statement: We awaken to God’s purpose, which begins in darkness—whether seed in the ground, child in the womb, or new self in the soul. We are shaking, fearful, and resistant, yet we call upon God to tear open the heavens and be present with us in our uncertainty.

Scripture: Isaiah 64:1-9;Luke 1:26-38; Mark 13:24-27

From Here to Maturity - Recap

As we reflect on our maturation as disciples and the ongoing process of transformation of our hearts and lives, there are four questions which we can consider. 1. What’s Right? 2. What’s Wrong? 3. What Needs Clarifying? 4. What’s Missing? As we consider and engage with these questions in community, we will continue to grow into mature followers of Jesus.

Purposeful and Persevering: Finishing Well

Philippians 3:7-16; Colossians 3:5-17; Hebrews 12:1-13

A person who knows that discipleship is a lifelong journey of increasing responsiveness to God, embracing the perspective that we are on a path toward maturity, that having a relationship with Jesus is our greatest treasure, and that heaven is our real home.

Discerning and Disarming: Alignment

Acts 4:18-20; 5:27-42; John 17:6-19; Philippians 3:17-21

A person who is being transformed into the spirit and character
of Christ, able to interact with religious, political and societal systems with
increasing discernment, giving primary allegiance to God’s kingdom by being “in the world, but not of it.”

Thriving and Thirsting: Spiritual Self-Care

Matthew 22:36-40; John 21:15- 17; Revelation 2:1-7; Luke 7:36-48

A person who believes in Jesus increasingly loves him with “heart, soul, mind and strength,” and is committed to growing as a disciple, regardless of the cost.

Introduction to Series

Discipleship is more than gaining knowledge. It is the process of transformation of the heart. It is choosing to be with Jesus in order to learn to be like him, in the power that he gives. Discipleship is responding to God’s work in our lives, with his initiative making our transformation possible.