4/23/17 at The 505

April 26, 2017
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I Am The Resurrection And The Life

April 18, 2017

     Many people think of Jesus as a wise teacher, a radical leader who lived and died oh-so-long-ago. But that’s not how the Bible talks about Jesus.

     The Jesus we meet in the Scriptures isn’t a figure of the past, but Someone we meet in the present. The God who revealed himself to Moses at the burning bush is the same God who revealed himself through Jesus Christ and still reveals himself to us today.

     God introduces himself to Moses as “I AM”— not “I was” or “I will be”, but “I AM”. Ours is a God who lives in the present tense. Jesus’ many “I AM” statements, found in John’s Gospel, let us know that the living, reigning Christ is present and powerful in our lives. Jesus is actively involved in all our joys and sorrows, successes and struggles each and every day.

      Jesus Christ is the great “I AM’—the eternal and everlasting God — who can and will meet all of our deepest needs.

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I Am The King Of The Jews

April 12, 2017

     Many people think of Jesus as a wise teacher, a radical leader who lived and died oh-so-long-ago. But that’s not how the Bible talks about Jesus.

     The Jesus we meet in the Scriptures isn’t a figure of the past, but Someone we meet in the present. The God who revealed himself to Moses at the burning bush is the same God who revealed himself through Jesus Christ and still reveals himself to us today.

     God introduces himself to Moses as “I AM”— not “I was” or “I will be”, but “I AM”. Ours is a God who lives in the present tense. Jesus’ many “I AM” statements, found in John’s Gospel, let us know that the living, reigning Christ is present and powerful in our lives. Jesus is actively involved in all our joys and sorrows, successes and struggles each and every day.

      Jesus Christ is the great “I AM’—the eternal and everlasting God — who can and will meet all of our deepest needs.

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I Am The Way The Truth And The Life

April 8, 2017

     Many people think of Jesus as a wise teacher, a radical leader who lived and died oh-so-long-ago. But that’s not how the Bible talks about Jesus.

     The Jesus we meet in the Scriptures isn’t a figure of the past, but Someone we meet in the present. The God who revealed himself to Moses at the burning bush is the same God who revealed himself through Jesus Christ and still reveals himself to us today.

     God introduces himself to Moses as “I AM”— not “I was” or “I will be”, but “I AM”. Ours is a God who lives in the present tense. Jesus’ many “I AM” statements, found in John’s Gospel, let us know that the living, reigning Christ is present and powerful in our lives. Jesus is actively involved in all our joys and sorrows, successes and struggles each and every day.

      Jesus Christ is the great “I AM’—the eternal and everlasting God — who can and will meet all of our deepest needs.

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I Am The Good Shepherd

March 31, 2017

     Many people think of Jesus as a wise teacher, a radical leader who lived and died oh-so-long-ago. But that’s not how the Bible talks about Jesus.

     The Jesus we meet in the Scriptures isn’t a figure of the past, but Someone we meet in the present. The God who revealed himself to Moses at the burning bush is the same God who revealed himself through Jesus Christ and still reveals himself to us today.

     God introduces himself to Moses as “I AM”— not “I was” or “I will be”, but “I AM”. Ours is a God who lives in the present tense. Jesus’ many “I AM” statements, found in John’s Gospel, let us know that the living, reigning Christ is present and powerful in our lives. Jesus is actively involved in all our joys and sorrows, successes and struggles each and every day.

      Jesus Christ is the great “I AM’—the eternal and everlasting God — who can and will meet all of our deepest needs.

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I Am The Door

March 22, 2017

     Many people think of Jesus as a wise teacher, a radical leader who lived and died oh-so-long-ago. But that’s not how the Bible talks about Jesus.

     The Jesus we meet in the Scriptures isn’t a figure of the past, but Someone we meet in the present. The God who revealed himself to Moses at the burning bush is the same God who revealed himself through Jesus Christ and still reveals himself to us today.

     God introduces himself to Moses as “I AM”— not “I was” or “I will be”, but “I AM”. Ours is a God who lives in the present tense. Jesus’ many “I AM” statements, found in John’s Gospel, let us know that the living, reigning Christ is present and powerful in our lives. Jesus is actively involved in all our joys and sorrows, successes and struggles each and every day.

      Jesus Christ is the great “I AM’—the eternal and everlasting God — who can and will meet all of our deepest needs.

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I Am The Light Of The World

March 15, 2017

     Many people think of Jesus as a wise teacher, a radical leader who lived and died oh-so-long-ago. But that’s not how the Bible talks about Jesus.

     The Jesus we meet in the Scriptures isn’t a figure of the past, but Someone we meet in the present. The God who revealed himself to Moses at the burning bush is the same God who revealed himself through Jesus Christ and still reveals himself to us today.

     God introduces himself to Moses as “I AM”— not “I was” or “I will be”, but “I AM”. Ours is a God who lives in the present tense. Jesus’ many “I AM” statements, found in John’s Gospel, let us know that the living, reigning Christ is present and powerful in our lives. Jesus is actively involved in all our joys and sorrows, successes and struggles each and every day.

      Jesus Christ is the great “I AM’—the eternal and everlasting God — who can and will meet all of our deepest needs.

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Before Abraham Was, I Am

March 9, 2017

     Many people think of Jesus as a wise teacher, a radical leader who lived and died oh-so-long-ago. But that’s not how the Bible talks about Jesus.

     The Jesus we meet in the Scriptures isn’t a figure of the past, but Someone we meet in the present. The God who revealed himself to Moses at the burning bush is the same God who revealed himself through Jesus Christ and still reveals himself to us today.

     God introduces himself to Moses as “I AM”— not “I was” or “I will be”, but “I AM”. Ours is a God who lives in the present tense. Jesus’ many “I AM” statements, found in John’s Gospel, let us know that the living, reigning Christ is present and powerful in our lives. Jesus is actively involved in all our joys and sorrows, successes and struggles each and every day.

      Jesus Christ is the great “I AM’—the eternal and everlasting God — who can and will meet all of our deepest needs.

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Send Us Out

March 4, 2017

“Few acts are more expressive of companionship than the shared meal… Someone with whom we share food is likely to be our friend, or well on the way to becoming one.”  - Carolyn Steel, Hungry City: How Food Shapes our Lives

Jesus came…to what? How would you complete that sentence? Many would say that Jesus came to preach the Word, to establish the Kingdom of God, to die on the cross. When you read the Gospels, you find there are three ways they answer that question.

  1. “The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
  2. “The Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.”
  3. “The Son of Man has come eating and drinking.”

The first two are statements of purpose. Why did Jesus come?

To serve, to give His life, to seek and save the lost.

The third is a statement of method. How did Jesus come?

He came eating and drinking.

Jesus spent his time eating and drinking - a lot of his time. He was a party animal. His mission strategy was a long meal, stretching into the evening. He did evangelism and discipleship around a table with some grilled fish, a loaf of bread, and a pitcher of wine. In Jesus’ ministry, meals were never just about the food. For Jesus, meals meant something. And the same is true today. For Jesus, a shared meal is the means by which He can Offer Grace, Create Community, & Send Us Out.

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Offer Grace

February 14, 2017

“Few acts are more expressive of companionship than the shared meal… Someone with whom we share food is likely to be our friend, or well on the way to becoming one.”  - Carolyn Steel, Hungry City: How Food Shapes our Lives

Jesus came…to what? How would you complete that sentence? Many would say that Jesus came to preach the Word, to establish the Kingdom of God, to die on the cross. When you read the Gospels, you find there are three ways they answer that question.

  1. “The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
  2. “The Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.”
  3. “The Son of Man has come eating and drinking.”

The first two are statements of purpose. Why did Jesus come?

To serve, to give His life, to seek and save the lost.

The third is a statement of method. How did Jesus come?

He came eating and drinking.

Jesus spent his time eating and drinking - a lot of his time. He was a party animal. His mission strategy was a long meal, stretching into the evening. He did evangelism and discipleship around a table with some grilled fish, a loaf of bread, and a pitcher of wine. In Jesus’ ministry, meals were never just about the food. For Jesus, meals meant something. And the same is true today. For Jesus, a shared meal is the means by which He can Offer Grace, Create Community, & Send Us Out.

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