The New Exodus in Mark IV: Freed to Serve | Rob Smidt
The New Exodus In Mark III: Let Your Life Go | Barbara Sunofsky & Jaci Anderson
Rob Smidt. In this week's devotional teaching, we wrestle with ways we resist the new Exodus. As believers, when given the choice between slavery and freedom from ourselves, we continually choose slavery. We consider how to choose freedom and a new exodus by choosing to die to ourselves and step into a life of service toward others as a commitment to learning to live and love like Jesus, the Servant of all.
The New Exodus in Mark I: Entering the Story | Brandon Cook
Barbara Sunofsky & Jaci Anderson. The New Exodus calls us to risk and let go of the things that hold us back from true life. In this live discussion, Barb and Jaci wrestle with the scripture in a conversation that invites us to consider how Jesus is inviting us to lay down our lives for his sake.
Living In Exile VI: Saying Yes and No | Barbara Sunofsky
Brandon Cook. Mark re-tells the story of the Exodus—the great salvation event in Israel’s history and imagination—through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. In this message, we explore how Jesus is the beginning of the New Exodus and what that means for us. Specifically, we are called into the first two concrete actions of discipleship: “dropping our nets,” as Jesus’ early disciples did, and repenting so that we can turn into the Kingdom of God.
Vision Sunday | Brandon Cook, Bill & Susan Goodman, Barb Sunofsky, & Jaci Anderson
Daniel is called into exile and groomed to be a courtier to the Babylonian king. He says “yes" to Babylonian education and culture, but he doesn’t say “yes” to everything. In this message about the tension of exile, we explore how to discern what we say “yes” to and what we say “no” to, in order to live well.
Living In Exile IV: Dangerous Living | Jaci Anderson
Brandon Cook, Bill and Susan Goodman, Barb Sunofsky, Jaci Anderson. The Hebrew concept of time means that are future and where we are heading is deeply connected to our past and where we’ve been. In this Vision Sunday message, we explore the sound of LBCF’s heartbeat over the last 35 years: our heart for community, our heart for the city, our heart of love and sacrifice. And we dream together about what might be because of what has been.
Living In Exile III: Called and Set Apart | Brandon Cook
Isaiah 43:18-21, Jeremiah 29:4-7, Isaiah 2:2-4
What can we learn from the Hebrew experience about how to live in exile from Christendom? Exile provides a season of reorientation to mission Dei. We learn that exiles: grieve, tell their most dangerous story, resist empire, make radical promises to empire, and sing dangerous songs. In response, to a broken world, we declare: here am I, send me.
Living in Exile II: A Life of Radical Imagination | Brandon Cook
The prophets were radically called by God and set apart to speak truth to power. But God’s continuing work, by His Spirit, is to call each of us out, to fulfill plans and purposes in His Kingdom. In this message, we explore how we can follow the Biblical pattern of saying “Here I am” as God calls us and invites us into His story.
Living In Exile I: Living In A New Narrative | Brandon Cook
Jeremiah 31:3-10, 31-34
Brandon Cook. In the midst of exile, God, through Jeremiah, calls the people to imagine a day of freedom. In this message, we explore the importance of dreaming and of prophetic imagination for living in the here and now with vibrance, abundance, and spiritual power.
Jeremiah 29: 1:1-13
We are brought by Jesus out of exile, but Scripture makes it clear that we still live in exile, as foreigners in the world. How do we live in the culture without being in the culture? How do live fully here — “planting gardens, building houses,” as God describes it— while living with longing and hope for a world re-born? In this message, we explore the biblical concept of exile as we launch a new series on living well in exile, in whatever form we may encounter it.