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Life in God’s Story – the New Testament (fall 2022)

We continue the journey of exploring the New Testament, discovering life in God’s story.

Unless otherwise noted, all services begin at 10:30 am and are led by Rev. Jim Sanderson.

November 20 –

Eating with a Knife and Fork (or Chopsticks) (Colossians 2:6-7; Ephesians 4:13; Hebrews 5:11-14) Today we consider where we are on the road to maturity.  Normally one who is mature can feed themselves and others.  We’ll learn how to help one another to reach maturity in Christ.

November 13 – Eat the Word (Ezekiel 3 & 2; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; & selected passages) We have spent 2022 on a chronological journey through Life in God’s Story. This whirlwind study of the Bible had a purpose. The purpose was to make you familiar with the big movements of the Biblical story to better know your bible.

November 6 – The End and the Beginning (Revelations 1-5 & 9-22, selected passages) We have spent 2022 on a chronological journey through Life in God’s Story. This whirlwind study of the bible has brought us today to the last book. While Revelation might be seen as the end, it is more like a new beginning.

October 30 – Paul’s Final Days (Acts 20-23, 27-28, selected passages) The Apostle Paul spent much of his later life as a prisoner. Even with the resulting restrictions, Paul continued to proclaim Christ. He had occasion to speak with the top leaders of the time, he wrote letters that we continue to read as part of our New Testament, he prayed for and continued to engage with church leaders.

October 16 – New Beginnings (Acts 1-10, 12, selected passages) The Book of Acts covers the birth and explosive growth of the early church. The ministry of Christ continues in a bigger and bolder way. The work of Christ continues through his people. This is CBOQ Sunday and the 6th anniversary of our Sunday Services in Mandarin.

October 9 – Resurrection (Matthew 27: 65-66; Matthew 28: 2-8; John 20: 11-18; Luke 24: 17-33, selected passages) Today is set aside to do what we should do every day – give thanks.  Come with grateful hearts as we worship together the Risen Christ.  Today we join Thanksgiving with Easter as we tell the story of the resurrection.

October 2 – Facing the Cross (Matthew 26-27; Mark 14-15; Luke 22-23; John 13-14, 16-19, selected passages) How do we understand the strange focus of all four Gospels on the death of Christ? Was his life tragically taken or is there more to the story? His was a life given, not taken.

September 25: Divine (Matthew 17,21; Mark 8-12, 14; Luke 9, 22; John 7-8, 11-12, selected passages) The ministry of Jesus has been building up to something. That something is becoming clearer. Jesus came to be, and to bring, life, but in a way no one expected. Jesus received mixed reactions – from allegiance to attack. In all the confusion, people were drawn to him. What is the draw of Christ? What attracts people to Jesus? As a community of Christ sharing Christ with our communities, together we declare and demonstrate the here and coming Kingdom of God.

November 6:The End and the Beginning – Revelation 1-5, 19-22 

November 13: Eat the Word (Ezekiel 3 and 2 Timothy 3:14-17) You have been taken on a whirlwind chronological tour of the Scriptures called, Life in God’s Story. The purpose was to increase your knowledge of the big movements of God’s story but also to entice you to deeper personal reading of scripture. You’ll get some practical help in how to do that.

November 20: Eating with a Knife and Fork (or chop sticks) (Colossians 2:6-7, Ephesians 4:13, Hebrews 5:11-14) Today we consider where we are on the road to maturity. One who is mature can feed themselves and others. Can we help one another to reach maturity in Christ?