Easter Matters

Series: Journey to the Empty Tomb We’re on a journey, following the life of Christ from the time he stepped onto the pages of history as an adult, to the time he gave his life as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind and rose from the dead of the third day...

Week 13: Easter Matters If you think Jesus was a great leader and teacher, but find it hard to believe in his resurrection, you’re in good company. Even his disciples were skeptical. But those same followers were the ones who would later become the spokesmen of a new movement: the church. They would maintain faith in the midst of incredible suffering. Many died still claiming that Jesus was their Savior. So what do we make of this defining event—the one that became the foundation of their faith...and of ours?

The Pilate Chronicles

Series: Journey to the Empty Tomb We’re on a journey, following the life of Christ from the time he stepped onto the pages of history as an adult, to the time he gave his life as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind and rose from the dead of the third day...

Week 12: The Pilate Chronicles At Passover, Jesus gathered his followers and spelled out a new relational arrangement between God and humankind: “As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” But Jesus wasn’t celebratory. He seemed troubled. Initiating this new covenant with God would require sacrifice. What came next would confuse his followers and send them scattering.

 

The One Commandment

Series: Journey to the Empty Tomb We’re on a journey, following the life of Christ from the time he stepped onto the pages of history as an adult, to the time he gave his life as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind and rose from the dead of the third day...

Week 11: The One Commandment Jesus didn’t come to initiate Judaism 2.0. He came to offer something entirely new to the world: a new covenant that would forever change humankind’s relationship with God. And with that new covenant came a new ethic—one that insisted that the greatest choose the back of the line.

The New Covenant

Series: Journey to the Empty Tomb We’re on a journey, following the life of Christ from the time he stepped onto the pages of history as an adult, to the time he gave his life as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind and rose from the dead of the third day...

Week 10: The New Covenant The words “unlimited” and “unconditional” make us suspicious. Whether those words describe an insurance policy, cell phone agreement, or meal plan for a college student, we assume unlimited is really limited and unconditional has some conditions. That suspicion extends to our relationship with God. Unconditional love? Unlimited forgiveness? There must be a catch. But what if there isn’t?

Redefining Greatness

Series: Journey to the Empty Tomb We’re on a journey, following the life of Christ from the time he stepped onto the pages of history as an adult, to the time he gave his life as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind and rose from the dead of the third day...

Week 9: Redefining Greatness We all have a working definition of what it means to be great. It probably includes power, prosperity, or popularity. As we journey through the life of Jesus, we can't help but stop and look at how he redefined greatness.

Nic at Night

Series: Journey to the Empty Tomb It's the start of a new year. But believe it or not, we'll be celebrating Easter in just 90 days. Between now and then, join us on a journey through the life of Jesus.          

Week 8: Nic at Night Jesus claimed to be greater than the temple. He made the temple obsolete. Most of his followers assumed his end game was to declare himself king. The more discerning among them sensed something else was going on. Jesus spoke with authority but refused to take charge. He wielded extraordinary power, but never for himself. What was he up to?

 

Mercy Amnesia

Series: Journey to the Empty Tomb We’re on a journey, following the life of Christ from the time he stepped onto the pages of history as an adult, to the time he gave his life as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind and rose from the dead of the third day...

Week 7: Mercy Amnesia When we consider how much Jesus has forgiven us, it should be easy to extend such forgiveness to others. But we often experience what may be called “mercy amnesia” – forgetting the debt we owe to God while struggling to forgive those indebted to us. Today, we will see the level of Christ’s forgiveness to us, while looking for the cure for “mercy amnesia”.

Jesus and the Marginalized

Series: Journey to the Empty Tomb It's the start of a new year. But believe it or not, we'll be celebrating Easter in just 90 days. Between now and then, join us on a journey through the life of Jesus.          

Week 6: Jesus and the Marginalized Some people feel marginalized in society - on the outside looking in. Unfortunately, this can be the case even in the church. Jesus was never afraid to invite the marginalized into relationship with Him. In fact, many of Jesus' "peeps" were those on the outside looking in. Today, we are going to look at how Jesus ministers to the marginalized, and how the church needs to do the same.

Greater Indeed

Series: Journey to the Empty Tomb It's the start of a new year. But believe it or not, we'll be celebrating Easter in just 90 days. Between now and then, join us on a journey through the life of Jesus.          

Week 5: Greater Indeed Something in us is tempted to believe God loves his Law more than his people. We’re tempted to prioritize rules over people. Maybe you left church because somebody prioritized the Bible over your divorced mother or gay brother. But Jesus came to offer us a life greater than keeping religious rules.

New World Order

Series: Journey to the Empty Tomb It's the start of a new year. But believe it or not, we'll be celebrating Easter in just 90 days. Between now and then, join us on a journey through the life of Jesus.          

Week 4: New World Order If you aren’t religious or you gave up religion, you probably had good reason to walk away or stay away. You’re a reasonable person, and there are plenty of good reasons to reject religion. But reconsider Jesus. He wasn’t an extension of the old religion. He came to introduce something brand new.

Fish Tricks

Series: Journey to the Empty Tomb It's the start of a new year. But believe it or not, we'll be celebrating Easter in just 90 days. Between now and then, join us on a journey through the life of Jesus.          

Week 3: Fish Tricks When you read the Gospels, two things are abundantly clear. Being a sinner doesn’t disqualify you from following Jesus. And being an unbeliever doesn’t disqualify you from following Jesus. So, what does that mean for you?

Upside Down

Series: Journey to the Empty Tomb It's the start of a new year. But believe it or not, we'll be celebrating Easter in just 90 days. Between now and then, join us on a journey through the life of Jesus.          

Week 2: Upside Down “Might makes right” is the default setting for the world. Those with wealth and power write the rules, and they usually write them to favor themselves. That was true in Jesus’ time as well. But he came to turn everything upside down.

For The World

Series: Journey to the Empty Tomb It's the start of a new year. But believe it or not, we'll be celebrating Easter in just 90 days. Between now and then, join us on a journey through the life of Jesus.          

Week 1: For The World Jesus didn't come to extend an old religion. He didn't come to just clarify old truths. He didn't come to just preach sermons and offer wise teachings. From the angel’s announcement to Mary that she would give birth to a Son whose "kingdom would never end," it was clear: Jesus would do something new for the world.