Hope

Pastor Juno kicks off our Advent season by looking at Simeon and Anna and their role in the Christmas story.

Scripture: Luke 2:21-38

Easter 2018: Because He Lives

Using his personal journey, Pastor Juno reminds us that the crucified Christ has risen from the dead! Because He lives we can face tomorrow!

Scripture: Mark 16:6

Palm Sunday

Pastor Rachel kicks off the start of Holy Week by unpacking the practical implications of Jesus’ triumphant, humble entry into Jerusalem.

Scripture: Matthew 21:1-11

 

The Feast of the Father

Pastor Mark wraps up our series on the famous parable of the lost sons showing how it fits into the Bible’s grand theme of exile, homecoming and feasting.

Scripture: Luke 15:25-32; Isaiah 25:6-8; Revelation 19:9; Matthew 8:11

 

Hope

Today marks the beginning of the Advent season where we expectantly wait, prepare and anticipate for the coming of Jesus, but from two different angles. On the one hand, Advent offers the opportunity for us to share in the ancient longing of Israel for the coming hope of the Messiah. Secondly, and the part which we usually leave off in our Christmas reflections, is waiting and anticipating for the hope of Jesus’s second coming, when he comes back to wrap up his redemption project.

Christmas Eve Service

For this Christmas season, we have followed the traditional Advent themes of hope, joy, peace and love. On Christmas Eve, we explore how Jesus climatically began to fulfill all of these in his birth affecting our real lives now. On this special night, we look back to Jesus’ 1st coming (his birth) where he launched God’s rescue project and we continue to long for his 2nd coming where he comes back to finish what he started at his birth.

Christmas Day Reflection

We believe that one of the greatest ways to honor and encourage the Christian development of our families and be intentional with our friends and neighbors is by celebrating Christmas morning at home this year. In fact, the very first Christians held their ‘worship services’ inside their homes!

Because of this, we have made this short Christmas day devotional to watch with your friends and family. We hope that it will encourage meaningful conversation and lead to deeper relationships with God and others.

We are praying that your family and friends can encounter the ultimate hope, joy, peace and love that Jesus alone can bring this Christmas season.

Merry Christmas!

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

I am… The Resurrection

In the middle of the story where Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead, he says “I am the resurrection and the life”. We take a look at our core belief in the resurrection on the last day, but also emphasized that the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is at work in us today. This means that God is currently working to resurrect the dead parts of our life, now.

Scripture: John 11:17-27

For I Know The Plans…

One of the most popular but commonly misused Bible verses today is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

A verse that we usually think to be about a bright future is actually in context more about making the most out of a difficult, present situation. In 597 BC, Israel had been taken into exile to Babylon. A false prophet had wrongly declared that God would bring His people back home shortly. In contrast, while God ultimately promised to rescue Israel out of exile if they turned to Him, He shockingly tells the exiles to settle down in Babylon for the time being–the next 70 years.

Like Israel 2,600 years ago, rather than solely focusing on God bringing us out of desperate situations or into the next season, we should be present-minded and Kingdom-impactful in every season of life. Asking: what or who is your Babylonian exile now? How can you be seeking the shalom of your current community and relationships, even the ones that are not easy?

Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11