January 14, 2011 – March 4, 2011
Ministry of Christ
Jesus’ completed his earthly ministry in a short few years. In such a short amount of time, what words and actions did he feel were most urgent to share with us? In this Groundwork series we study the events of Jesus ministry from the perspective of Matthew’s gospel to hear what Jesus had to say about our spiritual lives, our living, his identity, the kingdom of God, and more. Then we will discuss the practical implications of his teachings in our lives today.
Episodes in this Series
January 14 , 2011
After Jesus birth, the Bible doesn’t say much about his early life. It picks the story up again when Jesus begins his public ministry. Suddenly, Jesus begins getting a lot of attention. How is his ministry best described? What themes do we observe as we read of his teachings and travels?
January 21 , 2011
What would you say makes life “good”? Is it the people you know? The events you encounter? Or the things you have? In Matthew 5 Jesus teaches his disciple and a crowd of onlookers about his definition of a “good life.” What he says is surprising and puzzling. So how exactly does Jesus define the “good life”? Special Guest: Doug Van Bronkhorst
January 28 , 2011
Expectations are part of life. We have expectations to meet at work, with family, and maybe personal expectations we hold for ourselves. What can be most frustrating are the times when we feel expectations are imposed on us by others. Some people think that the Church created all the rules associated with Christianity today. But is that true or did Jesus have expectations of his followers?
February 4 , 2011
How would you define spirituality? Is it thoughts or practices? Religious or separate from religion? Today, it is more common to hear people describe themselves as “spiritual.” Some will even say “I am spiritual, but not religious.” But what exactly does that mean and is it even possible to separate spirituality from religion?
February 11 , 2011
Money often lies behind our feelings of anxiety. Will there be enough to pay the bills? How can I pay for it? Will I be able to provide for my family? When we’re plagued with these questions, it is hard to be at peace or trust God to provide. But as Jesus walked in our shoes he spoke to these concerns and worries. How can we resolve our fears and find a real sense of peace within ourselves?
February 18 , 2011
During his earthly ministry, Jesus showed great sympathy for sick and suffering people. Many of the wonderful stories in the New Testament gospels are about his healing of lepers, his giving sight to the blind, his curing of insufferable diseases. If Christ had that much compassion on people while he lived on earth, can we still believe in his power to heal? What about when he doesn’t heal us like we think he should?
February 25 , 2011
Sharing the meaning of discipleship with someone can be a challenging experience. Have you ever tried to gloss over the tough stuff when sharing with someone what it means to follow Christ? What can we learn about discipleship, both for ourselves and also for how we share the challenge of discipleship with others? What can we learn from watching Jesus still the storm at sea?
March 4 , 2011
There is a moment in Jesus ministry that seems magical or other-wordly. The beginning of Matthew 17 almost sounds like it could be a script for a movie with lots of special effects. Jesus’ outward appearance changes and he is joined by two of the great, but long-gone, prophets of the Old Testament. The disciples with him are shocked, but what are we supposed to make of this story now?