Light is a significant symbol of Epiphany, the season following Christmas in which Christians celebrate the revelation of Jesus Christ to the world. Reflecting on the stark contrast between light and darkness helps us better understand the gift of light and grace that Jesus Christ brings to our dark, sin filled world. In this Groundwork series, we’ll study images of light in the New Testament and gain a deeper appreciation for God’s light in Jesus Christ and how it provides both our purpose and motivation for reflecting his light to the world.
There are so many ways life can change or fall apart: a devastating diagnosis, a natural disaster, a sinful choice or mistake that leads to undesirable consequences, or an unexpected job loss that creates life-changing circumstances. Or maybe you’re entering a new season like retirement or life after the loss of a spouse. When such catastrophic change occurs, uncertainty and fear of the unknown become real threats to our faith. And it can be difficult to know where or how to begin rebuilding. Join Groundwork as we study the stories of Ezra and Nehemiah and the rebuilding of Jerusalem after the exile. Discover with us assurance for your faith and biblical wisdom and guidance for taking the next step in putting the pieces of life back together with confidence in God’s grace and love for us.
How we think about the Church determines how we function as the Church. The Apostle Paul used multiple images throughout his letters to help the first Christians better understand who they were as believers in Jesus Christ and what it meant for them to be the Church. In this Groundwork series, we’ll study Paul’s descriptions of the Church as a body, a bride, a family, a house, and a living Temple and together we’ll unpack the complexity of our identity as the Church. We’ll gain wisdom about our purpose, our role, how we should behave, what our relationship is to each other and to God, and we’ll begin to see the manifold beauty of God’s people and grow in appreciation for what it means for us to be God’s Church.