After Christmas comes Epiphany. What is the season of Epiphany and why do Christians think it's so important to observe it? In this Groundwork series we study the Bible stories behind the meaning of Epiphany and discover God's mission to spread the good news of Jesus Christ to all people. Together, we'll study the development of the early church in scripture to learn how we can better work together as Christians today as we participate in God's mission to bring salvation to the ends of the earth.
There’s a renowned verse in Isaiah 9 that brings great comfort to all who hear it. Much of the hope and comfort that emanates from Isaiah 9:6 comes from the names or titles the prophet gives to the anticipated Messiah: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. For people looking and hoping for the Messiah, these names describe what they can expect him to be like. Unlike the Israelites, we know the name of the long-awaited Messiah. We call him Jesus Christ. In this Groundwork series, we'll seek renewed hope and comfort in our lives by studying Isaiah's descriptions of the Messiah to learn more about who Jesus is and see, even more clearly, how he fulfilled the prophecies.
How often do you reflect on your salvation? Do you ever wonder how we came to believe what we do? What Christians believe about Jesus Christ and salvation was refined, shaped, and clarified 500 years ago, during the time of the Protestant Reformation. October 31, 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of when Martin Luther, a German monk, is said to have nailed his 95 theses to the door of Castle church in Wittenburg. Find out why these historic events are still significant for your personal faith journey today. In this Groundwork series, we'll be celebrating this anniversary and honoring the efforts of the Reformers by studying the scriptures that led them to define what Christians believe about salvation with these five phrases: faith alone, scripture alone, grace alone, in Christ alone, and glory to God alone.