Matt Cullen. How do we learn to encounter Jesus as he really is? As Paul recounts his most pivotal encounter with Jesus, Matt recounts his own life reorientation which includes asking the questions: “who are you Lord?” and “what should I do?”. Matt offers prayers of confession and repentance for generational strongholds of busyness as we are invited to slow down, make space to hear the voice of Jesus, ask questions, and surrender together.
Acts 21: 26-40
Jaci Anderson and Ryan Longnecker. We return to our series in Acts as Paul helps the early church establish the Kingdom of God through community that has to face very real tensions and conflict. Engaging scripture through the contemplative practice of Imaginative Prayer, we consider that, Jesus calls us out of hiding in the crowd, or from the crowd, and into risk for Kingdom Community. Jaci and Ryan discuss and demonstrate experiences of both hiding and risking to create Kingdom Community.
Mark 6:7 and Various Texts
Brandon Cook. As we continue to consider how the early Christians understood the death and resurrection, we explore the the authority of Jesus which, throughout the Gospels, Jesus commissions us to live in.
How then do we live fully under Jesus’ authority? We will see that it involves blessing creation and all of life, when the temptation for all of us it to blame and curse. And that in so doing, we become restorers of God’s good garden, where we live, work, and play.
Colossians 2:13-15 and Various Texts
Brandon Cook. In the afterglow of Resurrection Sunday, we explore how the resurrection of Jesus was understood by the early Christians, and specifically the cosmic dimension of it. What does it mean that we live in a world that is not only physical but spiritual, and that we can align with good or with evil? In this message, we explore the ideas of spiritual principalities and powers and how we can move in our authority as followers of Jesus to seem darkness overcome in the world around us.
Brandon Cook. The first to hear of Jesus’ resurrection come in lament and grief. Then they experience bewilderment and fear before, ultimately, encountering joy. In this message, we explore how to “get off automatic,” so that we can fully experience life and the resurrection. It will mean learning to lean fully into delight and also into grief. This is how we become people who are fully open to Jesus’ resurrection.
Mark 11:9-10, 11:15-17, 14:17-20
Ryan Longnecker. Palm Sunday, in the context of Good Friday, invites us to consider: How will we know something is God, or of God, when we see it? Scripture reveals that God's Kingdom is: peace in a world of violence, for all nations, humble service, and giving our whole lives. When we allow Jesus to be our model of truly living, we can't help but cry out, "Hosannah"!
Brandon Cook. God is not up in heaven pulling the levers of fate. Instead, He enters into the pain and suffering of the world. We are called to enter in as God does -- embracing and not cursing being in the world, seeking God's provision and to nourish and feed those He gives us to love. In this message, we explore how to be a people who cling to God's provision.
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.
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.
Steve Thomas. How can we follow Jesus into this new Exodus when our way seems better or best? In this message, we are encouraged to follow, trust, and confess. Through abiding fellowship, placing confidence in God, and declaring who Jesus has revealed himself to be, we are transformed into people who are free and open to all God has for us.