To Believe And Live

To Believe And Live: The End

August 29, 2010Randy Christian

John wrote his gospel for one reason, that those of us who read it would believe, and believing have life in Jesus. Now that we’ve studied through the gospel of John we need to ask a simple question. Do we believe? Do we have life? What kind of life has he given us?

To Believe And Live: Appear and Prepare

August 22, 2010Jeremy Lee

Jesus had risen from the dead. Wouldn’t you think that would be enough? Apparently it wasn’t. For 40 days Jesus had another mission. To appear to people, to teach, to encourage—to prepare—these were the things he made certain he did. What did his appearances accomplish, and for what did they prepare his followers—and us?

To Believe And Live: The End and Beginning

August 15, 2010Randy Christian

Jesus had risen from the dead. Wouldn’t you think that would be enough? Apparently it wasn’t. For 40 days Jesus had another mission. To appear to people, to teach, to encourage—to prepare—these were the things he made certain he did. What did his appearances accomplish, and for what did they prepare his followers—and us?

To Believe And Live: Suffering

August 8, 2010Randy Christian

The last hours of Jesus’ life are often referred to as “The Passion”. The reason is that the word “passion” used to mean more than intense desire for something—it meant intense feelings of many kinds, including suffering. Suffering isn’t a word most of us want to hear, but it was key to God’s plan. Jesus’ suffering defined his life and how he affected others. We need to understand his suffering and what it means in our lives today.

To Believe And Live: Saying Good-bye

August 1, 2010Randy Christian

Jesus often spoke to his disciples at length. He intentionally spent time teaching them as a group to allow so them to hear him and learn from him. These times were important to him. So what would he say on the last occasion he had the chance to teach his disciples. How would he say good-bye when he knew what was ahead?

To Believe And Live: The Most Important Dinner Party

July 25, 2010Randy Christian

We’ve all seen the pictures of the Last Supper. It is at once beautiful and mundane. All those people we have heard so much about gathered around Jesus on such an important night. Of course, the pictures are fiction and don’t really look like the real thing at all. How much more is different than our assumptions about the most important dinner party ever?

To Believe And Live: What Does It Take To Believe?

July 18, 2010Randy Christian

If only I could see him, touch him, hear him—and see the amazing things he did—I could believe. So many of us assume our faith would be strengthened if we had the experiences people in the Bible stories had. The thing is, it didn’t seem to make much difference to them. Many of them saw and experienced these things and still didn’t give themselves to Him. So what does it take to believe?

To Believe And Live: Affection and Anger

July 11, 2010Randy Christian

They made an interesting family, and a simple dinner at their house highlighted how different people responded—and still respond—to Jesus. Resting in him, service, intense affection—and an anger that wouldn’t be calmed by anything less than a person’s destruction—all at the same time. Jesus evokes something different in each of us, but rarely does he evoke nothing!

To Believe And Live: Know Him, Know Yourself

June 27, 2010Randy Christian

Who is Jesus? Who did he claim to be? Reading this passage there can be no doubt about who he said he is. He also said who we are, and the two are a package deal! Knowing Him helps us know ourselves, and knowing ourselves lets live the full life he said we could have!

To Believe And Live: What Makes Life Full?

June 6, 2010Randy Christian

Jesus liked to talk about things people understood to help them get a grasp on things they didn’t. What they didn’t always understand is the kind of life they could have. He said he came so that we could have life—a full life. But what does that mean, and how exactly does someone have that full life? Is your life so full you are content with it? Join us as we learn how to have that kind of life!

Memorial Day: Worship And Remembrance

May 30, 2010Randy Christian

Memorial day is set aside to remember those who have given their lives for others. Jesus honored this gift with his highest praise. This Memorial Day we will honor and remember those who made this highest expression of love-and the greatest sacrifice ever made!

To Believe And Live: The Light Of The World

May 2, 2010Randy Christian

Jesus described himself in many ways. One of them is “light”. But he doesn’t say his is light. He says he is THE light of the world. In saying this, Jesus was making two statements—one about himself, the other about the implications of who he is on our lives. The fact that HE is THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD makes a difference in who we are!

To Believe And Live: Is Sin Real?

April 25, 2010Randy Christian

Sin is sin, right? Do we really believe that? Are some sins worse than others? If so, does that mean some people are worse than others? How we answer these questions will determine how we see other people—and have a lot to do with how we see God.