After the first Great Awakening, Jonathan Edwards challenged his congregation with a sermon series on 1 Corinthians 13, later published as Charity and Its Fruits. Following Edwards’ cue, this series takes an in depth look at the nature, formation, and evidences of true love in the lives of believers.
Christ Formed in You is a class about spiritual formation, the “grace-driven developmental process in which the soul grows in conformity to the image of Christ.” The acid test of all spiritual formation is this: Are you becoming more like Jesus? Are the contours of your character being shaped by his image, formed in his likeness? This ongoing transformation is possible for you. You can become more and more like Jesus Christ. But there is only one way: through your increasing understanding and application of the gospel. The goal of Christ Formed in You is to aid you in this process—to help you discover new depths of joy in what God has accomplished through Christ and the Spirit to deliver you from both the guilt and the grip of sin.
Though scattered in our English Bibles, the five scrolls (megilott) of Ruth, Esther, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs are grouped together in the Hebrew Old Testament. Spanning the genres of history, poetry, and wisdom literature, these five ancient scrolls provide rich instruction about providence, salvation, suffering, meaning, and love for Christians today.
"Servant" (or "slave") is one of the most frequently used metaphors for believers in the New Testament. Most of us know that we should serve others, but a mere sense of duty (or worse, guilt) will never provide the right motivation for a loving and sustainable life of servanthood. What we need, rather, is the transforming vision of Christ as the Ultimate Servant, and how this changes our fundamental relationship to God and others. The sermon series "SERVE" takes us deep into the gospel, while at the same time aiming to equip us to serve others in practical ways.
When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, he gave them the Lord’s Prayer. The church has used this prayer for centuries as a catechetical tool in the formation of disciples who want to walk in the way of Jesus. But the Lord’s Prayer is more than just a prayer. In the words of the church father, Tertullian, it “is truly the summary of the whole gospel.” So join with us as we study the heart of prayer, learn the way of Jesus, and explore the riches of the gospel itself.
In the first century, when Paul and his missionary band spread the good news that Jesus of Nazareth had been crucified for our sins and raised from the dead, they were criticized as “these men who have turned the world upside down.” And the gospel still shakes things up today. In this study in the Book of Acts, we learn how and why, as we explore the dynamics of gospel fueled community, evangelism, and mission.
Finding Your Place in the Story of Christ