There are 168 hours in a week and the typical follower of Jesus spends one hour a week at church. What about the other 167 hours? Well, the New Testament Book of James has been called a handbook on practical Christianity. It’s a book written about the everyday life of a Christ-follower. It deals with faith for everyday life. In this series, we will see how Jesus lived out the principles taught in James and what that means for us.
The wise Christ follower learns to pray genuine prayers on this road trip of life. Some roads are pleasant and some are treacherous. The Psalms is the prayer book of the Bible. Buried within the 150 psalms in this Old Testament section are the full gamut of human emotions and experiences on life’s journey. These prayers rub up against every day, real life. In this series, we will consider 7 of these every day, real life prayers and let them teach us how to pray messy, gritty prayers as we journey through life too.
The Christmas song says, “There’s no place like home for the holidays.” Throughout the Bible, “home” is a powerful image of our place encounter with God. More than anything this Christmas, we need more encounter with God. This Advent, we will consider how we might come “home” for Christmas. Welcome home!
The invitation to love our neighbors resounds repeatedly throughout the Bible. It’s God’s clarion call to his people to point the world toward the God who himself is love. In this five week series leading up to the season of Advent, we will be invited to grow in loving our neighbors by being followers of Jesus who see, pray for, invite, serve and witness well.
Sadly, ours is a world of division that often turns into vitriol and violence. Yet, the way of Jesus is the way of unity and peace. Jesus himself said, “God blesses those who work for peace….” (Matthew 5:9a). In Ephesians 4, Paul describes the oneness of God’s people and how that spills out into our mission in the world.