Summer School
Teachings of Jesus

May 20 - June 24, 2018
6 weeks
Summer is approaching.  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.

May 20
Spirit Happens!
Acts 2:1-21;  Romans 8:22-27; 
John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15

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!

May 27
Our Unique God
Isaiah 6:1-8;  Romans 8:12-17; 
John 3:1-17

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 3
The Pause that Refreshes
Deuteronomy 5:12-15;  2 Corinthians  4:5-12;  Mark 2:23-3:6

Originally an advertising slogan created by the Coca Cola company in 1939, this phrase can be a great place to begin a discussion of the Third Commandment.  Using the analogy of the pause button, we will explore the blessing of God’s gift for renewal of body, mind and spirit – as well as our relationship with our Creator God!

June 10
Speak Up!
Genesis 3:8-15;  2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1;  Mark 3:20-35

Words matter.  Authors choose them carefully.  Speakers choose them wisely as well, for they convey messages. Poorly chosen words, on the other hand, lead to ambiguity and confusion. Today we look at the words of Adam, Eve, Paul and Jesus as examples of how we can use words to connect meaningfully with others and communicate the awesome message of the Gospel.

June 17
The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is...
2 Corinthians 5;6-17;  Mark 4:26-34

As Summer School winds down we explore one of the most misunderstood teachings of Jesus – that of sacrifice.  We hear people talk about the “cross they have to bear,” but when Jesus teaches about taking up our cross it is not a flippant response to an unpleasant situation.  The sacrifice to which Jesus calls us involves a change of heart and a commitment of the mind to replace self-directedness with God’s direction.

June 24
Keeping Things Stirred Up
Job 38:1-11;  2 Corinthians 6:1-13; 
Mark 4:35-41
God has a way of making Himself know to us and communicating with us in unforeseen and unpredictable ways and circumstances.  For Peter, it was Jesus walking out of the chaos of the storm.  For Elijah, it was in utter stillness. For Job, it was the voice from a whirlwind.  Throughout scripture, we have example after example of God speaking to His children in specific and unique ways.  Today we examine how God continues to speak to His children, and what examples from the past can teach us about listening in the present.

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