The Bible in '5-ish Minutes'
The Bible isn't that hard. It's just telling one, continuous story:
God loves you
Christ died for you
God's Spirit is working inside you to bring you back to himself
That's it! Pretty easy, right? Well, no, there's a little more to it. Watch Laura explain the whole story--the world's story, your story--in six easy-to-understand "Acts." Think of it like a roadmap. God has a goal and a destination set aside for you! C'mon hitch a ride!
301: Two Gods? How to Make Sense of the God of the Old Testament and the Christ of the NewPowerpoint
Why does God seem so mad in the Old Testament, but all about love in the New Testament? Why all the rules in one, and all the grace in the other? Why so much death, and then so much salvation? Does the Bible have two irreconcilable books? Does it have two irreconcilable Gods?? If you want to better understand how the God of the Old Testament and the Christ of the New Testament make sense together, come to 301 on Sunday mornings starting July 21st as Greg Handel, Cliff Winters, and others knit two seeming stories--of two seeming Gods--together into the story of the gospel. If the first half of your Bible never made sense to you, you won't want to miss this!
301: Two Gods? How to Make Sense of the God of the Old Testament and the Christ of the NewPowerpoint
Why does God seem so mad in the Old Testament, but all about love in the New Testament? Why all the rules in one, and all the grace in the other? Why so much death, and then so much salvation? Does the Bible have two irreconcilable books? Does it have two irreconcilable Gods?? If you want to better understand how the God of the Old Testament and the Christ of the New Testament make sense together, watch this series as Greg Handel, Cliff Winters, and others knit two seeming stories--of two seeming Gods--together into the story of the gospel. If the first half of your Bible never made sense to you, you won't want to miss this!
301: The Problem of SinPowerpoint
We conclude the series on "Apologetics" with the so-called "Problem of Sin." If God is in charge, shouldn't everything be going his way?
301: The Reliability of the BiblePowerpoint
Why do we call the Bible "God's Word"? Why do we believe it's true? Aren't there inconsistencies in it? Isn't it the result of human processes and human memory? How can I use it as a guide to life and practice today when it's 2000 years old? All very good questions! For some (hopefully) good answers, hear Pastor Cliff talk through what may actually be the first and biggest question concerning the Christian faith: how we can trust scripture.
301: Do Miracles HappenPowerpoint
Miracles seem to be the thing for kids and Christmas movies but are they real? Do they really occur, does science corroborate them or are they just coincidence? Should I pray for them to happen? Hear Mike explain the why behind miracles and the risk of not believing they are possible.
301: Why Suffering?Powerpoint
If God loves us and can do all things, why does he allow us to suffer? Why does He feel so far away when I’m in pain? See what the Bible has to say about these questions as Dr. Greg Handel attempts to tackle these issues.
301: Did Jesus Really Have to Die on the Cross?Powerpoint
It doesn’t really make sense. Jesus did so much good on Earth so why didn’t He just keep on doing what He was doing for another 50 or 60 years and then pass away in His sleep? And what does it even matter that He died and came back to life? The short answer: It means EVERYTHING and if Jesus didn’t die and rise again on our behalf, we’d be in a whole lot of trouble. Josh is going to walk us through the eternal significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection, looking both at the Old and New Testament as to why Jesus needed to die. Check it out!
301: Christianity among the World ReligionsPowerpoint
Christianity is the only way? Seriously? I guess it's just good luck that I was born in the right country and in the right century! Why do Christians say, "Christ is the only way"? Is there no truth in other world religions? Do they not also have access to God? To heaven? Believe it or not, this is not one of the harder questions of the faith! Hear Cliff explain why our faith isn't a my-way-or-the-highway kind of faith, but is still pretty excited about what Christ did.
301: Judgment & HellPowerpoint
It isn't fair! Jesus tells us not to judge, but it looks like God's judging all the time! If judging is bad, why does he do it? And if it's eternal... it's who he really is and how he really feels about us, right? That's the opposite of what a loving God should want, or am I missing something?? [Dude, yeah--you're totally missing something! 🙂] ...
301: Violence in the Bible & Church HistoryPowerpoint
God's a God of love, right? I mean, God IS love! Why is he so violent, then? Why is the Bible (and why is church history) so full of violence, wrath, and destruction? Can we really believe both that God loves us and that God hurts us? Something's gotta give... To figure out what that "something" might be, watch as Pastor Cliff leads us through one of the most emotionally-charged (and personally experienced) questions of the faith... Oh, and God totally loves you... 🙂
301: Creation & EvolutionPowerpoint
Why does the Bible say that God created the heavens and the earth in six days when like everybody else says it took 14 billion years? Did God make us or did we evolve to be what we are? Greg Handel will help us answer this, the first serious question of our faith. Spoiler alert: it may be that these two accounts aren't so very far off as we thought! 🙂
301: Why We Believe What We BelievePowerpoint
We don't need to defend God. He's all set. 🙂 But we do sometimes need to defend why we believe what we believe, even if only to ourselves! If you want to learn how to answer some of the harder questions of faith, check out this 301 video. Cliff and Greg won't give you the "answers" (as if we could!) But we may find some points of agreement... And people coming to agreement? Yeah, I think that's something God wouldn't mind at all... 😁
301: The Gospel and the Holy SpiritPowerpoint
The church (rightly) talks a lot about God’s plan to restore the world to himself, and Christ’s role in that restoration through the cross, but have you ever wondered, “That’s great, but what does the Holy Spirit do?” If you want to discover what the third person of the Trinity—the Holy Spirit—has to do with the gospel and our salvation, watch as Wayne Pitts leads us through the final installment of THE GOSPEL series!
301: The Gospel and the Son Part 2Powerpoint
Love does. The Bible thinks that love is active in the world. It changes things! The word "gospel" implies that God has done something very specific on our behalf: he has adopted us and made us his own. In Christ and through Christ, we become the children of God! Laura Laird leads us through this, one of the most important and engaging truths of Scripture.
301: The Gospel and the Son
The Gospel is a promise of New Life, a new life in Jesus Christ. But what does this mean exactly? What is the nature of this new life? How does it impact the way we should live? Hear Dr. Greg Handel open up the scriptures to look into these and other questions in this 301 series of “The Gospel.”
301: The Gospel, the Father and the Fall
The gospel uses pretty easy words--sin, salvation, birth, death, life--but the concept that we are separated from God, and why we are, and how that condition may be remedied is a little harder to understand sometimes. If your spiritual life could use a little reminder of why we got into this "faith" thing in the first place, watch as Pastor Cliff starts us out on a new series on "the good news"... that is as old as the church itself!
301: Pray Without Ceasing
We often can feel guilty because we don’t pray enough. But, how often should we pray? In scripture the apostle Paul said we should, “Pray without ceasing,” but how can we possibly do this and live practical lives? Are we doomed to a guilt-ridden life unless we do nothing but pray all day? Dr. Greg Handel walks through the scripture to resolve this issue and learn how to live a life of continual communication with God.
301: Meditation Prayer
Christian Meditation is a way God has given us to learn about him, experience his presence and respond to him in a time of quiet. In this 301, we'll find out about Guided Christian Meditaion and then experience a short meditation.
301: Intercessory Prayer
We all want to pray for loved ones that are facing trials and challenges, right? God agrees! He asks us "to bear one another's burdens" and "pray for each other"--in other words, to "intercede" for one another. But it can be hard--hard to do, and hard even to understand. If you ever wondered why God calls us to pray for one another--and how He wants us to do it--this Sunday, March 31st, we'll be learning the why's and how's, the in's and out's, of one of God's favorite topics: intercessory prayer.
301: Prayer in the Bible
"Prayer" is not a word the general public uses anymore. What does it mean? What did it used to mean? How do we do it? Why do we do it? If you want to discover the biblical foundations of prayer, watch as Cliff tries to make sense... of a pretty common-sense word... 🙂
301: Loving God
"Love" is one of those catch-words the church likes to use--like "grace" or "faith"--that has lost some of its meaning over the years. It just doesn't seem to pack the punch that it used to. Can we bring it back? Can the church get fired up again over the idea that God loves us? Yeah. Yeah it can...
301: Love & The World
Jesus says the greatest commandment is "to love God and love each other." That's great! Wait... how do I do that? If the core ethic of Christianity is love, we gotta get a better handle on what it is, how it works, and to whom it applies (spoiler alert: it applies to everybody!) Laura Laird investigates how to follow Christ's most important command.
301: Love & Community
In Matthew 22, Jesus tells us that His greatest commandments are to love God, and love our neighbor as ourselves. What does loving our neighbor look like in the context of community? How do we as a church love people beyond our walls? Colleen Flaherty, EPIC leader and coordinator for Safe Families for Children, discusses how to have grace filled relationships, and how to use biblical hospitality to radically live out the mission of the gospel.
301: Love & Family
What is love? And how does it apply to family - to the people you live with and the people that you are genetically or matrimonially bound to? Are crazy Aunt Mary and rude cousin Joe even lovable? Heather Kempskie, Family Ministries Director, and mother and daughter and sister, discusses God's design for family, what love looks like and what it doesn't look like when it comes to one of the biggest blessings and craziest challenges God has given us: Family.
301: Church & WorshipPowerpoint
What is worship? When do I know if I'm doing it well or not? What role does it play in the Christian Life for us individually and the Church corporately? Watch as Dr. Greg Handel explores the answers to these questions through the scriptures.
301: Church & The Holy Spirit
Who is the Holy Spirit? How does he work in my life? How does he work within the church? Come this Sunday as Dr. Greg Handel explores how the scriptures answer these questions and examine what relevance the answers have to our everyday life.
301: The Church
God loves the world that he has made, but much of it is sundered from him. So, in order to fix it and bring it back to himself, he constructed a most unlikely tool: Us.
If you ever wondered what the whole point of "the church" was, check out what Pastor Cliff has to say on the topic of THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD.