November 25 , 2016
Communion, Lord’s Supper, Mass, Eucharist…it’s one sacrament known by many names, practiced in varying forms. Join us as we study scripture to discover why Christians believe it’s an essential means of receiving Christ and experiencing his presence.
November 11 , 2016
Together let's dig into scripture to discover the meaning and purpose of the Holy Sacraments in the Christian life and what happens when we practice them. Then we'll discuss whether the sacraments produce faith or whether they require faith to be effective.
The one thing common to Christian worship through the centuries, for almost all churches in all times and places, has been the use of the sacraments. These ceremonies or symbolic acts have marked Christian worship from the very first days of the apostles until today. Denominations of churches disagree about their meaning or their form or who should receive them or even how many there are, but for almost all Christians these sacred rites both proclaim and enact the deepest truths of the Christian faith. In this Groundwork series we'll study the scriptures that inform our beliefs about the Holy Sacraments, what happens when we practice them, and their purpose in the Christian life.
What do Christians believe? In this Groundwork series we'll study the biblical foundations that provide the basis for the core beliefs at the heart of the Christian faith. We'll discuss who God is and what he's done, the nature of humanity, God's salvation and how this salvation comes to us, how we respond, and the kingdom of God. Whether you're new to the Christian faith or have been a disciple of Christ for many years, studying scripture to discover the roots of our faith reminds us of our past, teaches us to live as God's people in the present, and fills us with hope and assurance for the future.
What is a believer's calling and responsibility when confronted with the heart-breaking reality of injustice in our world? Scriptures in both the Old and New Testaments reveal that justice is not only close God's heart, but that true biblical justice is tied to righteousness and flows directly from God's own character. In this Groundwork series we'll study scriptures and reflect on the book "The Justice Calling: Where Passion Meets Perseverance" to inform our understanding of justice from God's perspective, discover our role in responding to injustice both through prayer and action, and find encouragement to continue pursing justice in our life and world today.