And He Walks With Me

Pastor Juno looks at the story of two disciples on their way to Emmaus and reminds us of who Jesus is and that He is always with us.

Scripture: Luke 24:13-32

Dealing with Doubt

To kick off our new series, Pastor Ryan looks at the story of “Doubting Thomas” and how to deal with doubt in times of change and transition.

Scripture: John 20:24-29

Hope

How is hope in Jesus different from hope in anything else? The ancient church in the Old Testament, Israel, asked the same question. They put their hope in everything else–neighboring nations, magicians, and their own ways–ignoring God altogether, and plunging their nation into dark captivity. Yet, God promised to bring light to the deep darkness that invaded this region.

How did this light come?

Not through a victory over their enemies, a new government, or a smashing leader. Nothing they expected whatsoever. This light came through a revolutionary baby boy: Jesus of Nazareth. The people of Israel found true, unexpected hope in Jesus because he delivered them from darkness and fulfilled God’s promise to rescue them in a way nothing else could.

What areas in your life do you need the unexpected, redemptive hope of Jesus to invade this Christmas season?

Scripture: Isaiah 9:1-2; Matthew 4:12-16

Doubting God

The Bible has a unique perspective on doubt. Religious people will say that doubt is bad, that it’s for those who are weak in faith… you just need to trust in God! While the secular person says that doubt is good. Doubt everything—don’t trust anything!

Yet, the Psalmist (and the rest of the Scriptures) don’t fall for this trap. Instead, we see that doubt isn’t necessarily good or bad, but has a central purpose- to lead us into a higher expression of faith that transforms us and takes us deeper.

Because of his personal experiences and thought process, Asaph (the Psalmist) openly struggled with the age-old problem of why the innocent suffer and the wicked prosper. Yet, it was also an experience (with God) that recalibrated his perspective that present realities are not ultimate realities.

Scripture: Psalm 73; John 20:24-28