Dec 21, 2023
Protagonist “Jesus and Jubilee”
Series: Protagonist
Isaiah 61:1-4 
 
In Isaiah 61, the prophesized Suffering Servant speaks to his people Israel, and says that he has been anointed by God to heal, and set people free from oppression, and to proclaim the good news of God's rule; in other words, he says that he will bring everything that was supposed to come in the OT year of Jubilee. Jesus quotes these verses as he began his ministry, and he actually fulfilled it in his ministry, death, and resurrection.
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  • Dec 21, 2023Protagonist “Jesus and Jubilee”
    Dec 21, 2023
    Protagonist “Jesus and Jubilee”
    Series: Protagonist
    Isaiah 61:1-4 
     
    In Isaiah 61, the prophesized Suffering Servant speaks to his people Israel, and says that he has been anointed by God to heal, and set people free from oppression, and to proclaim the good news of God's rule; in other words, he says that he will bring everything that was supposed to come in the OT year of Jubilee. Jesus quotes these verses as he began his ministry, and he actually fulfilled it in his ministry, death, and resurrection.
  • Dec 10, 2023Protagonist “The Wilderness and the Way”
    Dec 10, 2023
    Protagonist “The Wilderness and the Way”
    Series: Protagonist
    Isaiah 40:1-5
     
    Isaiah 40 is a word of comfort to a people in exile, that their sin has been paid for and their time of suffering for their transgression is over, and their anointed King is coming soon. This has been fulfilled beyond all imagining in Jesus, who received the wages that our sin deserves, and gave to us the wages that his obedience and righteousness deserved…life. 
     
  • Dec 3, 2023Protagonist “Stepping Into The Story”
    Dec 3, 2023
    Protagonist “Stepping Into The Story”
    Series: Protagonist
    Isaiah 64:1-4
     
    Isaiah's longing that God would rend the heavens and come down to redeem His people and His creation is fulfilled in Jesus, who in taking on our humanity is like an author writing himself into his story so that his characters and creations can know what he is like.
  • Nov 27, 2023Christ The King – “Knowing the Power of the King”
    Nov 27, 2023
    Christ The King – “Knowing the Power of the King”
    Ephesians 1:15-23
     
     
    Paul's prayer for the Ephesians (and us) is that we would see something many do not: that Jesus is the King who rules over everything, and so we never need live in fear and anxiety.
     
  • Nov 19, 2023Open My Eyes Lord
    Nov 19, 2023
    Open My Eyes Lord
    Series: (All)
    2 Kings 6:8-18
  • Nov 12, 2023“Grateful”
    Nov 12, 2023
    “Grateful”
    Series: (All)
    Acts 1:1-11 & Acts 2:42-47
     
     
  • Nov 5, 2023“What Will Eternity Be Like?”
    Nov 5, 2023
    “What Will Eternity Be Like?”
    Series: (All)
    John 5:24-29, 1 Corinthians 15:51-55
     
    There are a lot of common beliefs, questions, and misconceptions about heaven. What does the Bible actually say about what happens to believers after death, and how does it affect us in the here and now?
  • Oct 29, 2023“The Key Question”
    Oct 29, 2023
    “The Key Question”
    Series: (All)
    John 6:66-69
     
    Following Jesus is often difficult, especially when Jesus simply calls us to do things or give up things that we do not want to give up. In these times, we may even question our faith. But in John 6, we find a powerful and clarifying question that helps us to see what is at stake in our walk with Jesus.
     
  • Oct 22, 2023The Treasure Principle: “For Such A Time As This”
    Oct 22, 2023
    The Treasure Principle: “For Such A Time As This”
    Matthew 6:21
     
    We have the opportunity— with God’s empowerment— to edit our life, and thereby our legacy, into what we want it to be.
  • Oct 15, 2023The Treasure Principle: “Prodigal God”
    Oct 15, 2023
    The Treasure Principle: “Prodigal God”
    Matthew 6:21
     
    Is all of Jesus' talk about gaining treasure in Heaven self-centered? Why didn’t Jesus say, “Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth because that’s really self-centered…you should be motivated by love for other people. You should be other-centered and not self-centered. You should do this out of your love and gratitude for God"? The answer is that God is a God who lavishes gifts and grace on His people, and God desires our hearts, and as Jesus says, our hearts just gravitate to where our treasure is.