Sunday morning Sermon Series beginning February 10th
Beginning Sunday, April 14th, we'll join the church in Colossae in trying to grasp the supremacy of Christ. As we go, we will see over and over that -
Jesus is enough
Jesus holds all things together
Jesus is the image of God
Over and over in the gospel of Luke, Jesus is eating with people. Tax Collectors and "sinners", crowds and small groups, friends and foes. One gets this sense that everyone is welcome at Jesus' table. That no matter who you are or where you stand in relation to Jesus - you are welcome at his table.
During the weeks between February 12th and Easter Sunday we will take a closer look at these stories in Luke. We'll ask questions about why Luke shows us this side of Jesus so often. We'll explore what this means for the community that followed Jesus then and what it means for us today. We'll examine our tables and whether or not they are made up of the same guests as Jesus' table.
We'll reflect on the ways the table has always been a central part of Christianity and how we can work together to keep it in this central place.
We hope you'll join us at the table!
Advent is the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in the Western tradition. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which is the Sunday nearest November 30, and ends on Christmas Eve (Dec 24). The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival." The focus of the season is preparation to celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent
Please use the resources below to follow along as we continue to grow in understanding and appreciation of Advent while living between the time of Christ's first and second comings.
Adults & Students: Family & Children:
James is a book that is interested in helping people that follow Jesus live as God's people in the places they live. They are "scattered" (1:1) and yet they are called to be a faithful witness through their lives to the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
James is a short book, only 108 verses long, but it is packed with so much practical wisdom that many refer to it as the "how to" book of the New Testament.
For James, belief in Jesus and service to the world are one and the same. Because what James knows is that faith must work itself out of our lives. The world will notice our actions more than they'll notice our words.
This is why we're studying James now. What new ways might our faith be encouraged to "act out"? How might our efforts as a church in Kaufman/Kaufman County, our area, our country and even to the ends of the earth - be better informed by spending time in James?
Let's find out together with James as our guide. JAMES READING GUIDE
This sermon series will take us into July looking at one of the most well known passages in all the Bible - Psalm 23.
Each week during this study, we'll take a closer look at this Psalm one line at a time beginning with this line: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." I'd like to ask you to repeat that phrase 5 times each day in your head (or out loud) before Sunday. Say it slowly, think about its significance.
In the days after Jesus was raised from the dead he appeared to many people. The resurrection was more than a one day event - it was this moment with a lingering impact that continues still to this day.
God raised Jesus from the dead and then put this same power on display in the lives of everyone that would come after and surrender their lives to Jesus.
Here's how Paul says it in Romans 8:11: "The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you."
During the month of April and the first couple of weeks in May we are going to look at both ancient and modern stories of how this resurrection power turned the world upside down.
Today, may we embrace the truth that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead - is at work in our lives as well.
One of the earliest Christian practices is the practice of baptism.
Baptism has historically been imagined as a unifying event for Christians but through the years has been more divisive than it has unifying. Part of that is because there are such a wide range of thoughts and experiences with a topic like baptism. Some may know very little about baptism and may not be sure what the big deal is.
Others have grown up hearing a lot about baptism. Questions like, "what is baptism?" "Why does it matter?" And, "what does it mean for our lives?" are just a few of the things people ask about the topic. Our hope through this series is to begin a conversation that explores more deeply what is behind this practice and why it is so important.
The series will conclude on Easter Sunday and that would be a great day to receive the gift of baptism!
If you're interested in baptism you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin that conversation!
The writer of Hebrews says that Jesus "was tempted in every way, just as we are - yet was without sin." And then follows this statement up by saying that because of this we can "approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
On February 14th, 21st and 28th we take a closer look at the temptations of Jesus as recorded in Matthew 4:1-11. These verses reveal an interesting conversation between Jesus and the satan that tell us much about the power of God.
There are a million questions to discover and explore together.
And all of them lead us to a High Priest - whose throne can be approached because he passed the test in the wilderness.
Why Study/Preach Acts?
The book of Acts is a fascinating story that details how the world was turned upside down by the earliest people that embraced Jesus as Lord. It is a book that captures the stories that tell about what it looked like when the Spirit
of God came to dwell with God’s people.
For many of us, it has been known and taught as a book about Acts has been used to support and confirm church doctrine and practice how to do church. We’ve gone to Acts looking for examples of how we organize and carry out church in our day and time.
While there is certainly some valid reasoning behind why we’ve done this - what I want to suggest is that in the process we may have missed the captivating story that Luke is telling. Because Acts is about much more than
just blueprint for how to do church. It is a story about God establishing His nation, His Kingdom on earth. It is about people who took their call to follow Jesus so seriously that they risked and sometimes lost their lives.
They welcomed foreigners (Gentiles) into God’s fellowship and traveled all over the known world to make sure that the message of Jesus was shared far and wide.
Did you know that one of the last words in the book of Acts is UNLEASHED? (Acts 28:31) I think this tells us something about the message Luke was hoping to convey. God’s reign and rule has come and now God’s people are emboldened and empowered - unleashed - to live out what they feel and know in their hearts.
I think Acts has a lot to say to us. As we begin this journey I pray that we will be unleashed in our place. I pray that our eyes will be opened to how the Spirit of God is at work in us and in the world so that we might
join the work that God is already doing. Its going to be a rewarding 13 weeks!
Advent means "arrival" and is a time of remembering both of Christ's arrivals. The first that came in a manger in Bethlehem and the second that will come when he returns on the clouds. Lord Come Quickly.
Sunday December 3rd begins a four week series entitled: "Advent: Jesus in Exodus." During this series we will take four different elements/characters in the Exodus Story - Moses, Passover Lamb, Manna, Priests - and look at how they are all arrows that point to Jesus and the ultimate fulfillment that only happens in Christ.
Advent means "arrival" and is a time of remembering both of Christ's arrivals.
Each year we try to provide some resources for you to engage Jesus during the season of Advent.
Advent Reading Guide is intended to guide you through a series of daily gospel readings that will help center you in the story of Jesus. You can use this as an individual devotional or as a guide for some daily family readings.
Advent Family Calendar provides a prompt and an idea for some act of generosity or kindness. You can use the prompt provided or use it as a springboard for better ideas!
Also - There are about a dozen FREE Christmas Devotional Books at the Connections Booth.
Advent/Christmas Music? Do you use Spotify to listen to Music? Do you like Christmas Music? If so - you might be interested in this great Advent Playlist that was put together by an organization called Sacred Ordinary Days. You can find it on Spotify
Conversations around Sabbath often center around what a person can or cannot do on Sundays. But Sabbath is not simply about keeping rules but rather about becoming a new kind of person. In a 24/7 world that is full of distraction - what would it look like be live a different way? What would it looks like to be less anxious, busy and distracted? I think the weary world would take notice if a whole group of people started living a different way. Are you interested?
Join us from October 15th - November 26th as we try to discover a new way.
Fall - Sunday Morning Sermon Series
During a period of time beginning July 16, 2017 our minister, Doug Page, is on sabbatical. While he is away, guest speakers will be here to bring a fresh word and voice during this season.