On the death and resurrection of Jesus…

Why did Jesus die?

Did Jesus really come back from the dead?

The following series on Ephesians Chapter One looks at what God has provided for us in Jesus

Ephesians 1:1-2 – What God loves

Ephesians 1:3 – Our amazing Father

Ephesians 1:4 – Our Father’s ‘wild’ plan

Ephesians 1:5-6 – Our amazing brother

Ephesians 1:7-8 – Redemption through his blood

Ephesians 1:9-10 – The Great Secret

Ephesians 1:11 – Confidence in our calling

Ephesians 1:12 – For the praise of his glory

Ephesians 1:13 – The word of truth

Ephesians 1:13 – The amazing Holy Spirit

Ephesians 1:13-14 – A taste now, fullness later 

Ephesians 1:15-17 – Faith in the Lord Jesus

Ephesians 1:15 – Love for all the saints

Ephesians 1:18 – The hope he called us to

Ephesians 1:18 – The Father’s inheritance

Ephesians 1:19 – Resurrection power now

Ephesians 1:20-21 – The risen Jesus

Ephesians 1:22-23 – The Church’s role

The following series on Hebrews looks at what it took to help a church out of a slump

Hebrews introduction: When Christians feel a bit lost

Hebrews 1:1-3 – The other world we’re living in

Hebrews 1:4-9 – How God makes his world come alive

Hebrews 1:10 to 2:3 – Experiencing salvation in the here and now

Hebrews 2:3-11 – Why do Christians suffer?

Hebrews 2:9-10 – “But we see Jesus…”

Hebrews 2:9 – Our will versus God’s will

Hebrews 2:11 – The road to holiness

Hebrews 2:11-13 – The heart and hope of Jesus

Hebrews 2:14-16 – Reason for hope in a scary world

Hebrews 2:17-18 – We need help

Hebrews 3:1 – The importance of a high priest

Hebrews 3:1-6 – “We are his house”

Hebrews 3:7-19 – Holy Spirit speaking…

Hebrews 10:24-25 – A command to attend church?

Hebrews 10:24-25 – Why we meet together as Christians

The following series on the book of Acts takes a look at what the church is for…(started Nov 8/20)

Acts 1:1-8 – What does it mean to be  “church”?

Acts 1:9 to 2:37 – A Holy Spirit full of surprises

Acts 2:38-47 – The opening up of a whole new world

Acts 3:1-26 – What we can expect from the Holy Spirit

Acts 4:1-22 – There will be opposition

Acts 4:23-31 – Dealing with opposition the Holy Spirit way

Acts 4-32 to 5:11 – Spirit-filled or fake?

Acts 5:12-42 – Has the Holy Spirit changed?

Acts 6:1 to 8:1 – Jesus’ ministry demonstrated in two ways

Acts 8:2-40 – A striking contrast in attitudes

Acts 9:1-31 – Saul and the power of God’s grace

Acts 9:32-42 – Comforting, encouraging, life-giving power

Acts 10:1-48 – “So, who’s the real Christian here?”

Acts 11:1-30 – The unfolding of the great mystery begins

Acts 12:1-25 – Why God has us pray

Acts 13:1-13 – Clues on how the Holy Spirit works

Acts 13:14-52- History as it should have been written

Acts 14:1-28 – How the Holy Spirit reaches people

Acts 15:1-12 – When it dawned on the church what Christianity is

Acts 15:13-41 – Lifting burdens off, not loading more on

Acts 16:1-15 – How the Holy Spirit spreads the gospel 

Acts 16:16-38 – Genuinely Christian, or fake?

Acts 17:1-15 – Why such differences in response to the gospel?

Acts 17:16-34 – The differences between God and gods

Acts 18:1-17 – “Keep calm and carry on”

Acts 18:18 to 19:8 – The full gospel, not just half of it

Acts 19:9-20 – How the Kingdom of God becomes real

Acts 19:21 to 20:12 – The madness of crowds

Acts 20:13-38 – True Christian leadership

Acts 21:1 to 23:11 – A lesson in trusting the Holy Spirit

Acts 23:12 to 25:12 – The Spirit who never abandons us 

Acts 25:13 to 26:32 – Dealing wisely with opposition

Acts 27:1-44 – The impact our faith has on others

Acts 28:1-31 – How the Holy Spirit reaches people

Acts Summary – The truth is marching on

The following series on In the beginning jumps back to the book of Genesis for another look at what happened back there…

Jesus’ resurrection takes us back to the beginning

How and why the book of Genesis became part of the Bible

Jesus’ actions in the Temple take us back to the beginning

“Made in God’s image.” But what for?

How trees explain God’s plan too

Why did God give humans rulership over this world?

Adam and Eve’s fatal mistake

“They felt no shame”

Revealing the enemy

“They realized they were naked”

The following is a series on Prophecy in answer to questions that came from small group discussion:

Ephesians 4:11….Are there “prophets” in the New Testament too?

Malachi 4:5-6….Is there an end-time “Elijah” ministry?

The following is a series on Christmas to explain its continuing value today.

Reason for hope: Is Jesus really at work in this world?

O come, O come Emmanuel: a Christmas carol about Israel – but why Israel?

Jesus’ birth: Who and what WAS the baby Jesus?

Christmas isn’t in the Bible, but is it Scriptural?

Advent isn’t in the Bible, but is it Scriptural?

Epiphany: Jesus, the greatest revelation of all

The Magi: Three gifts picturing three seasons in Jesus’ ministry

The Messiah: the Suffering Servant, the vital part the Jews missed

What’s the balance on Christmas for Christians?

Immanuel – what’s the story behind that name?

Jesus’ great gift to us – and our gift to him

Breaking the stranglehold of Christmas

The following series on The bread and wine looks for examples in Scripture that help explain what Jesus was getting at in giving his disciples bread and wine in Luke 22.

Looking into history for a precedent

The “hard teaching” of John chapter 6

Philip and the Bread of Life

What Abel understood and Cain didn’t

The opening up of the new covenant

Jesus lives to serve his disciples

The following series on Mental health/illness from God’s point of view was stirred by a person very dear to me who attempted suicide several times, and I needed answers.

A Sound Mind

Redesigning our brain

Defeating the monster

Healing the wounds

Trusting Jesus

The following series on The birth of the Church takes a look back at what happened in Acts 2 when the Church began, and the brand new era God opened up that day.

What message was the Church founded on?

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved….”

The following series on Hell and the Gospel is an attempt at answering the question, “How on earth does preaching hell tie in with the gospel being GOOD news?”

To those who fear hell

To those who cry for justice

To those who are troubled by God’s ferocious anger

How can a “God of LOVE” be a “God of HELL” too?

Is there hope for everyone, including those in hell?

The following series on Resurrection offers proof that Jesus really was resurrected from the dead – proof in both the Bible and the lives of people today.

There’s no such thing as death without resurrection

Did Jesus really come back from the dead? And the proof? 

Three things in evidence today that prove Jesus was resurrected

The following series on Why God sent Jesus shows the effect God wanted his Son to have on us.

God proves to us what we instinctively believe him to be

Discovering from Jesus that God is a relationship

Discovering from Jesus what the Father is all about

What made Jesus’ sacrifice so acceptable to God?

How does Jesus’ sacrifice translate into our righteousness?

The following series on What is Jesus doing now? taps into the highly practical ways that Jesus is working with us right now.

Jesus is transforming us into his likeness

Jesus removes our resistance to God

Jesus rescues us from the seductive power of evil

Jesus turns fear and doubt into trust and love

Jesus rescues us from our empty gods

The following series on God’s Covenants looks into why covenants rate so highly in Scripture, and how they make God and his plan so clear.

But WHY did God make covenants?

Restoring what was lost in Genesis 3

The following series on God and War takes a look at war from a Christian point of view.

What’s the balance for Christians and war?

Remembrance Day: What are we reminded of as Christians on this day?