Jesus' Identity & Our Identity

Jesus asked his disciples point blank, “Who do YOU say I am?” Peter (for once) answered correctly. Jesus’ identity as Messiah defines our identity as his followers -- are we really willing to take on this identity and the cross it will bring? If so, we will know what true Life really is.

  • Luke 9:18-26, Galatians 3:24-4:7

  • Meaningful conversation starters: Who do you say Jesus is? What is your identity in light of Jesus' identity? What difference does it make in your daily life when that identity trumps all others?

Walking with Jesus through Hard Times, Part VI

Jesus was zealous for true worship, in the temple then and in our hearts now. Just as He turned over tables then so His Spirit is like a fire, clearing our hearts and lives of false worship so we can worship the true and living God. Just as Jesus’ zeal consumed Him, so He gives us zeal to serve, love and reach others.

  • Scripture used: I Corinthians 3:10-16; Luke 19:41-48

Walking with Jesus through Hard Times, Part V

Some people welcomed Jesus, treating him with love and gratitude.  Some ignored Him. Some abused Him. How do we welcome Jesus into our homes and our lives?  How does my welcome of Jesus reflect in how I welcome others?

  • Scripture used: Luke 7:36-52; Psalm 116:8-17

  • Meaningful conversation starters: How am I welcoming Jesus into all aspects of my life? How am I welcoming others? If something needs to change, where I do start?

Walking with Jesus through Hard Times: In the Wilderness

Why did Jesus’ begin his ministry with 40 days of fasting and testing in the wilderness, and what can we learn about who Jesus is from this experience? How does Jesus’ time in the wilderness affect us when we find ourselves in periods of “wilderness wandering” throughout our lives?

Scriptures used: Genesis 3:1-10; Luke 4:1-15; Romans 8:14-17

Trusting in God's Word, Part II: The Canon

Trusting God’s Word includes trusting that the books in the Bible are God-breathed. Why were these books included, when, by whom, and for what reasons? Why is having a Canon of Scripture so important to us, the Church, and our world?

  • Scripture Used: 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5, John 14:15-27

  • Meaningful Conversation Starters: How would you feel, and what would you do, if you had to search through everything ever written in order to find God’s Words to you? You have God’s Word available to you in the Bible, and more available than ever in the history of the world! What will you do with it?