Teaching Series Playlist
This summer, we’re revisiting Gospel stories with fresh eyes to discover the wild and wonderful personality of Jesus Christ. Religion can have an unfortunate tendency to domesticate and diminish the potency of this Gospel. Sometimes we need a shakeup in understanding to remember why this man—the one who created all things, the one who walked on water, the one who challenged the powerful systems of his day, the one who took on sin and death and came out on top—continues to change lives and destinies today. Join us as we seek to encounter our Lord anew by walking through the book Beautiful Outlaw by John Eldredge (© 2011 FaithWords Publishing). From the book:
“Reading the Gospels without knowing the personality of Jesus is like watching television with the sound turned off. The result is a dry, two dimensional-person doing strange, undecipherable things. But when we discover his true character—this man who made the wind, music and flying squirrels—suddenly all of the remarkable qualities of Jesus burst forth with color and brilliance like fireworks. Beautiful Outlaw is about breaking Jesus out of the typical stereotypes, discovering the rich emotional life of Christ and how we can experience the actual personality of Jesus in our daily lives in ways that will deepen our faith... More words about Jesus are helpful only if they bring us to an experience of him. We don’t need further speculation or debate. We need Jesus himself. And you can have him. Really. You can experience Jesus intimately. You were meant to. For despite the vandalizing of Jesus by both religion and the world, he is still alive and very much himself. Though nowadays it takes a bit of uncovering to know him as he is. For to have Jesus, really have him, is to have the greatest treasure in all worlds. And to love Jesus—that is to settle the first question of human existence. Of your existence. Everything else flows from there. Now, loving Jesus will not be a problem when you know him as he truly is.”
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Daily Text Guides:
Do any of these Scriptures sound familiar?
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
“Rejoice in the Lord always. And again, I say: rejoice!”
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation…present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts…in Christ Jesus.”
“…one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
“…he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
These are some of the most cherished passages of Scripture—and all of them come from one book: Paul’s letter to the Philippians. It is full of wonderful pieces of Gospel truth, wisdom, and encouragement like these. It is probably Paul’s most joyful epistle. And here is one more little detail:
All of it was written from imprisonment.
In fact, it’s likely that Paul was under house arrest while writing this message. Paul wrote Philippians in lockdown. (Are you seeing the connections yet?) Philippians is a wonderful example of how to view our entire lives as a participation in God’s Redemption Story in Jesus Christ. It is a testimony of how knowing Jesus can be the most personal and transformative power in the universe. In this book of the Bible, we have a potent example of how to stand firm, finding transcendent joy, peace, and contentment—whatever our circumstances.
As part of our Lent focus on A Life of Prayer, we have been reading through Pete Greig's Book How to Pray: A Simple Guide for Normal People. We also help a Thursday night Bible study using thePrayer Course based on the book.
If you want to continue to work your way through this teaching, everything you need is available online for free through 24/7 Prayer International! Each session includes chapters from the book, a video teaching by Pete, as well as reflection questions and activities to further engage the themes. This is some really good stuff you can enjoy anywhere, anytime!
Here is the schedule we would be following with our in-person meetings, and if we get to reopen during this time-frame, we will pick up where we left off on this schedule. You can work your way through the teachings & activities any time, on your own or with a few others:
Thursday, March 19th - Session 4, Read Chapter 6 "Intercession"
Thursday, March 26th - Session 5, Read chapter 7 "Unanswered Prayer" https://prayercourse.org/session/unanswered-prayer/
Thursday, April 2nd - Session 6, Read chapter 8 "Contemplation" https://prayercourse.org/session/contemplation/
Thursday, April 9th - Session 7, Read chapter 9 "Listening"
Thursday, April 16th - Session 8, Read chapter 11 "Spiritual Warfare" https://prayercourse.org/session/spiritual-warfare/