Summer School 1
Teachings of Jesus

June 9 - July 14, 2019
6 weeks
Summer is upon us.  In this series we take a look at six teachings that are foundational to our understanding of the relationship we have with our God.  Along the way we will encounter mystery, awe, wonder, fear, excitement and insight.

June 9
Spirit Happens!
Acts 2:1-21;  Romans 8:14-17; 
John 14:8-17, 25-27

Pentecost is often celebrated as the birthday of the church, and rightly so!  The empowering gift of the Spirit has led to the Gospel being spread throughout the world.  Yet, the Holy Spirit is often objectified as something we can have.  Today, as we seek to gain deeper insight into the person of the Holy Spirit, we will explore the implications of what it means when the Holy Spirit has us!

June 16
Our Unique God
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31;   Romans 5:1-5;  
John 16:12-15

The Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is the language we use to try to understand the breadth and depth of our awesome God.  Ultimately, it is a futile attempt to know God more fully than God has chosen to reveal himself.  All of our explanations and analogies ultimately fail and fall short because God is bigger than human understanding uniquely beyond comparison.  Today, we both explore and celebrate this Divine Mystery!

June 23
Law and Gospel
Isaiah 65:1-9;   Galatians 3:23-29;   Luke 8:26-39

Martin Luther commends to us three uses of Biblical Law.  Each is uniquely beneficial and helpful in understanding our relationship with our creator and His expectations of us and all creation.  None of the uses, however, have to do with salvation, for that is the work of the Holy Spirit.  Today, we explore the juncture of Law and Grace, and why both are vital to our relationship with our savior.

June 30
The Danger of Sin
1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21;   Galatians 5:1, 13-25;   Luke 9:51-62

The real danger of sin is that it takes our attention off of God. When we sin, we have not just focused on gratification; our focus too often remains on the sin — no longer on the gratification but on the sadness that results. This why Jesus tells us to not look back. We must keep going forward with him by turning our faith back to him. “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first become a good man.” This will never do. If you have begun to follow Jesus, do not look back to doing things for yourself. Believe — even when you fail him — that he does not fail you.

July 7
There's a Little Bit of Farmer in Each of Us
Isaiah 66:10-14;   Galatians 6:1-16;  
Luke 10:1-16

The obvious connection of the Galatians and Luke texts today is sowing toward the harvest. The difference is that in Luke, the focus is on others but in Galatians, the focus is on us. We are to take advantage of the opportunities God provides to “sow to the Spirit.” We too often hold on to the Gospel seed, rationalizing that it may not grow or that we may not plant properly. This is of no concern to Jesus. He expects that the seed will fall on a variety of “soil” (Mark 4:1-20). Our job is to scatter. Results are the Spirit’s task after we have scattered the seed. So, scatter!

July 14
Choices Have Consequences
Deuteronomy 30:9-14;   Colossians 1:1-14;
Luke 10:25-37
This is the middle of growing season in our part of the world, and it is fitting that we should continue with that theme today.  Fruit-bearing is a common theme in the Gospels, and refers to the believers doing of good works as an outgrowth of, and response to, what God has already done in our lives.  It is the living consequence of intentional discipleship.  When we choose to follow Jesus, there are consequences.  Today we explore what they may look like.

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