Knowing Jesus: "The Mystery"

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Colossians 1:24-29
Mysteries intrigue us.  They make us think.  They’re like puzzles—challenging us to understand.  But mysteries, like puzzles, need to be solved.  If they aren’t solved, we find ourselves curious, even frustrated.  But if THE Mystery isn’t solved, the consequences are far greater. 

KNOWING JESUS - The Mystery study guide

Knowing Jesus: "Real Knowledge"

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Colossians 1:1-14
We all know of people who are in the news—people who are known to many others in the world.  We know about them, form opinions about them—but do we really know them?  There is a big difference between knowing about someone, and knowing them.  This difference is especially important in our relationship to Jesus.  Knowing Jesus is not the same as knowing about Him!

KNOWING JESUS - Real Knowledge study guide

Is Jesus Necessary? "Is Jesus Necessary?"

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The answer to that question seems pretty obvious—particularly to someone who considers herself “Christian”.  But stop and think about it.  If Jesus is “necessary”, what are the implications?  What does that say about life after this body gives out?  What does it say about how I interact with people who do not believe in Jesus?  What does it say about how—and why—I decide what to think, do and say?  Does my life really show that I believe Jesus is necessary, or does my life say “Jesus might be a good idea”?

IS JESUS NECESSARY? Is Jesus Necessary? study guide

Father's Day: "The Ultimate Father"

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Mothers are idealized in America, while fathers are often the butt of jokes. Such jokes and stereotypes are sometimes accurate.  Like mothers, fathers are human, most striving to be the best they can be, and all falling short.  Like mothers, we are commanded to honor our fathers.  We can begin by honoring the ultimate, perfect father.   

FATHER'S DAY The Ultimate Father study guide

Prayer: "Listening"

Randy Christian

Most of us pray by talking.  Some of us pray by singing.  But perhaps the hardest part of prayer for most people is being quiet and listening.  How do we do that?  What do we listen for?  How do we know the difference between God’s voice and our own thoughts and feelings?

PRAYER - Listening study guide

Prayer: "Memorial Day Weekend: Prayer Lab"

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Memorial Day in the US is a day to remember the sacrifice of others.  But for Christians, worship is about remembering Jesus’ sacrifice.  One of the ways to do that is to talk with him—about the sacrifice, about the life he has given us, about anything.  So, on this Memorial Day we will treat our time of worship together as a lab experience in prayer!

PRAYER Memorial Day Weekend Prayer Lab study guide

Prayer: "What Is Prayer?"

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Prayer is communicating with God.  There are a lot of preconceptions about how that is done, but the scripture gives us the guidance we need—to know what we communicate with God about, and what form we use to do that.  All this is given to us to allow us to turn to him.

PRAYER - What Is Prayer study guide

Mother's Day: "God The Mother"

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Mothers are honored in virtually every culture on the planet.  In fact, one of the earliest commands from God is to honor our mothers.  But given that our mothers are human, how do we do that?  We can begin by honoring the ultimate, perfect mother.  Do you know who that is?

MOTHER'S DAY God The Mother study guide

Christian?: "How Do Christians Act?"

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Christians are human, and they act human.  In fact, the first qualification for someone to become Christian is for him to admit he is a sinner.  But, human as we are, there are standards of behavior we are to aspire to.  So, how do faithful Christians act?

CHRISTIAN? How Do Christians Act? study guide

Christian?: "What do Christians Believe?"

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There are as many sets of “statements of faith” in the US as there are Christians.  Each group has its own set of beliefs.  But if “Christian” is defined by scripture, then so are Christian beliefs.  What does the Bible say Christians believe?

CHRISTIAN? What do Christians Believe? study guide

Christian?: "What is 'Christian'?"

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Surveys consistently show 75-80% of the people in the US consider themselves “Christian”.  Of course, those surveys fail to define what they mean by “Christian”.  Is there a clear definition of “Christian”?  Is one person’s opinion as good as another’s?  We believe there is an authoritative answer to “What is Christian?”, and it is found in scripture.

CHRISTIAN? What is "Christian"? study guide

Easter 2017: "Bad News, Good News"

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The phrase “gospel” means “good news” and the Easter holiday celebrates that Good News.  But the good news only makes sense in the context of the Bad News.  In order for a person to accept the good news and respond to it, they have to understand and accept the bad news.

EASTER 2017 - Bad News, Good News study guide

Parables of Jesus: "Investment"

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Here are some basic questions about life: What do you have? How did you get it? What have you done with it? What will you end up with? The answer to these questions are determined by the substance of our lives -- and the good news is, we get to determine that!

PARABLES OF JESUS - Investment study guide

Parables of Jesus: "Is This All There Is?"

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Every human being has one thing in common -- there will come a time when his life on earth ends. Sounds heavy -- even somber -- but it is true. So the question is, what then? And does anything that we do now affect what happens then? Jesus gave us the answer in a story.

PARABLES OF JESUS - Is This All There Is? study guide

Parables of Jesus: "The Found Ones"

Edmund Brooks

You know how important something (or someone) is to you when you lose it. So, if you lose it, what you do sheds light on how important it really is! What has Jesus done, and what does that say about how he thinks of you? Knowing the answer can change your life.

PARABLES OF JESUS - The Found Ones Study Guide

Parables of Jesus: "What's In A Kingdom?"

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Kingdom is an almost meaningless word to Americans. So, the “Kingdom of Heaven” is doubly troublesome — not only do we have to figure out what “heaven” is, we have to then figure out how a word like “kingdom” relates to heaven. Of course the existing thing is, there IS a Kingdom of Heaven — and if we pay attention we can understand what that means!

PARABLES OF JESUS - What's In A Kingdom? Study Guide