WHO COULD IMAGINE
February 14 - March 29, 2018
 
 
Lent is the traditional season of repentance and renewal.  In this series, we look at seven examples of Jesus responding to human longings and needs in ways that are beyond our imagination.  In each instance, we are reminded that His desire is that we experience life as we were created to experience it – in a relationship with our Creator that is eternal.  In these stories we hear the Lenten call to return and know that He is God.

February 14, 2018  
ASH WEDNESDAY

2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10;  
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

SUMMARY
Ash Wednesday begins our Lenten Journey with a solemn acknowledgement that we “..are ashes and to ashes we shall return.”  Our physical surroundings will be disrupted, further reminding us of our brokenness and the disconnect in our relationship with our creator.

February 18, 2018
I JUST WANT TO GET BETTER!

Psalm 130:3-4;  Isaiah 43:25;  Mark 2:1-11

SUMMARY
Jesus offers us more than we can often comprehend.  To the one who wanted to “get better”, he offers forgiveness – and ultimate wellness.  Jesus knows our needs better than even we do, as well as the longings of our hearts.  What would this story look like if we were the main character?

February 25, 2018
IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED...

Genesis 18:27;  Job 42:5-6;  Luke 5:1-11

SUMMARY
Simon Peter decides to trust that Jesus knows something when He tells them to try fishing again.  Out of that trust grows an awareness of how insignificant Peter is in the presence of Jesus.  That awareness, in turn, allows Peter to hear Jesus’ calling to a far greater way of living.  What is Jesus doing in our lives that might reveal a new thing to us?

March 4, 2018
PROVE IT!

1 Kings 10:1-10;  2 Corinthians 9:1-12;
Matthew 12:38-45

SUMMARY
It’s almost a dare.  It’s almost like saying, “I don’t believe you”.  We are usually more subtle than the religious leaders of old, but the challenge is real.  How are we challenging Jesus to prove Himself, by acting in our lives in a way that would impress us?  How is this the opposite of faith?  Is Jesus calling us to something different?

March 11, 2018
IF ONLY I COULD...

Acts 19:11-12;   Mark 5:25-34

SUMMARY
Trust is a precious thing.  We cherish it and grant it deliberately and with caution.  Even when we deeply want to trust, the urge to retain some level of control over a particular situation or decision can be strong.  The question “what if..”  rings in our minds. Can we really trust Jesus to be who He is, or do we want to participate, to help, in some way?  While we are called to works of righteousness, they are always to be a response to our faith, not a substitute for it.

March 18, 2018
YOU WANT ME TO DO WHAT?

2 Kings 4:42-44;   John 6:1-15

SUMMARY
Easy things we can do ourselves.  Tough or difficult often requires assistance. Impossible is another story. Today we explore how Jesus teaches us to depend on Him by calling us to ministry that would not be possible through our limited human efforts.

March 25, 2018
THE REST OF THE STORY

Isaiah 50:4-9a;  Philippians 2:5-11;  
Mark 14:1 - 15:47


SUMMARY
The Passion story is a powerful reminder of the depth of God’s love for us through Jesus.  Sometimes it is tempting to hear the story in light of the resurrection, since we know the rest of the story,  But do we?  What if the Resurrection is the next chapter in an ongoing drama?  Salvation is certainly assured – but what if God is still at work doing miraculous things/? (Spoiler alert- He is!)  How are we a part of His ongoing revelation?

March 29, 2018   Maundy (Holy) Thursday
THE LEADERSHIP LEARNING CURVE

Exodus 12:1-4,11-14;  1 Corinthians  11:23-26;  John 13:1-17, 31b-35


SUMMARY
Jesus continues to teach His Disciples, and to train them.  His example of servant leadership is a new concept for them.  Like those disciples, Jesus desires to train us for the important work of servant leadership.  You are called, and He is equipping you, day by day, to serve Him by leading ass He leads us.
 


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