JANUARY 2018

STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY

A STUDY IN HEBREWS


Have you ever struggled in life? Have you ever experienced persecution? Have you ever felt like you are at the end of your rope and you barely have enough energy to hold on? Many centuries ago, some of the earliest Christians would answer “yes” to all of these questions. Many had left their families, their culture, and their friends to follow Jesus. Years into their new commitment, however, they were beginning to wonder if it was all worth it. Perhaps they should just go back to what was comfortable! In the midst of their struggle, they received a letter of encouragement, reminding them why Jesus mattered. We are privileged to have a copy of that ancient letter today, and it continues to provide us strength for our own journey.


Join us for our Sunday morning adult classes this year as we study the letter to the Hebrews. In studying this book together, we believe we will find encouragement and strength to survive and thrive in our walk with Christ.


HEBREWS

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February 2017

North America currently exists in an era of hyper-individualism, privatized spirituality, consumer religion, and the related phenomenon of church-hopping. When one church fails to meet a person's needs and expectations, that person hops from one church to another. In light of these socio-cultural pressures that focus excessively on the individual, the church needs to reflect anew on its identity and calling and confront the challenges that hinder it from participating more fully in the life and mission of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


There are four lessons in the series. The first lesson reflects upon the identity of the church, which is a community enlivened, formed, and commissioned by the Trinity to serve a particular divine purpose in and for the world. The second lesson, closely related to the first, is on the Holy Spirit and community. The third lesson looks at contemporary challenges to Christian community, such as individualism and consumerism. The final lesson examines ancient and contemporary Christian rituals and habits that counter against these narcissistic tendencies and nurture the calling and purpose of the body of Christ so that the church may faithfully participate in the life and mission of God.


NO ORDINARY COMMUNITY

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