In his last time together with his disciples before his crucifixion, you would expect Jesus to say and do the things that are most important to him. And he does. His last words and actions give us a poignant picture of his heart and his plan for us. In this we see fresh meaning and purpose for the new life he gives.
Left alone in the middle of intense cultural hostility that led to the crucifixion of their leader, a small band of ordinary Jesus followers defies all odds. They start a new church that changes the world.
In this series through the book of Acts, we see how they did it. And we learn how we can do it too.
The psalms (songs) in this series make up the playlist for a concert composed specifically for worriers. The lyrics speak directly to anxious hearts., bringing empathy, encouragement, and hope. And some needful perspective. Come to the concert! Tickets are free. Expect to leave some burdens behind.
Deadened by the daily grind, drifting in a sea of confusing cultural ideologies, blinded by what we’ve always been taught or been told, we wonder. What is true? What is real? What is the meaning of all this? Why all the suffering and injustice? How can I find fulfillment? How can I make a difference? How can I live without regrets?
Jesus gives signs. The signs point to a new, full life that he offers. But neither Jesus nor the signs nor the new life fit into the tidy religious box of our expectations. And so they are easily misread or distorted or dismissed altogether. They demand openness. And eyes to see. And faith.
The Gospel of John was written to help everyone see the signs--signs that can lead us to a new, full life. Whether you're the most hardened skeptic or the most ardent fan, join us, expecting to think hard and fresh, as we study our way through the Gospel of John. This is for you.