Discovery is the captivating process of finding something never before seen, of overcoming barriers that prevented entry, or solving what previously was not understood. Religion can seem a bit beyond us, hidden by barriers, and clouded by the unknown. It begs asking the question, have you Discovered Christianity? If you want to know what it is all about then we would love for you to join us for our Discovering Christianity sermon series starting Sunday April 23 at 9:30 AM.
Christianity may be totally new to you and we would love to have you come explore the faith for the first time. For others Christianity is hidden in plain sight. It is all around and familiar but vaguely understood, and this means discovering Christianity involves removing the clutter that has long obscured it. If you already have some knowledge of the faith but want to better comprehend it we would love to have you too.
During this 9 Week sermon series we will walk through the basic storyline of the Bible and study the main events and people of the Christian faith. We will read the Bible, hear a brief teaching, and then discuss it. We will also have small groups in which you can ask any question you want and hear questions that other people have.
Some of the topics we will cover are: Who is God? What’s wrong with the world? What’s my purpose in life? Who was Jesus? Did the resurrection really happen? Is heaven for real?
If you are looking for a way to discover more about the faith or perhaps rediscover your faith we invite you to come. We want to be a warm welcoming church that allows people of all backgrounds and faiths to come learn about Christianity in a safe and loving environment.
We can know who we are... Is God who you thought he is? Are you who you thought you were? Is this the purpose you thought you were created for? What are you telling your kids... Right here in genesis we see who God is, we see who we are, we see this God who creates all things and is brining light out of darkness and filling the world with good, is worthy to be trusted and followed. Its our chief purpose in life.
This story is a profound story. It illuminates who we are and helps us understand the world we live in. It makes sense of who we are and the challenges that press upon us and also come from within us. The biblical story gives us a profound understanding of our significance as people and bearers of God's image, but it also gives us a more profound understanding of our own wretchedness.
Abraham looked at a harsh, cruel world; a body that is falling apart; situations that he blew, and he had to trust God’s word. His faith was not based on anything in the world but on God’s promise. God’s promise is an anchor for our souls. It’s what we build our lives on. Don’t believe the lies the world tells you. Believe in the God who speaks.
We are in week four of our Discovering Christianity series in which we are getting a big picture view of what God is doing in the world. We covered creation, then the fall. Last week we looked at God’s promise to redeem the world through Abraham. God made a promise to bless all the nations of the earth through Abraham’s offspring.
The resurrection is a huge aspect of the Christian faith, and I want to approach it slightly different than normal. I want to see if this is the ultimate leg pulling joke, or if perhaps it validates the whole story of Jesus Christ. If it is a leg pull then no one should ever believe it, and you are a fool if you do believe it. BUT if it is true then that means Jesus is who he said he is and he did what he said he would do, and you are a fool not to believe it.
Today we are looking at the end of the Bible. In nine weeks we have covered some basic events in the storyline of the Bible, and like any good story the ending is crucial. The end of the Bible completes what was begun in the beginning of the Bible. It brings everything to fulfillment, and the nature of the ending is one that we want to have complete our lives.