The Bible contains the word of God – the history of God’s people, poetry and song by God’s people, and letters written by and to God’s people for encouragement and support. Through this series we will explore questions of style and authorship and content related to the Bible and how it influences and shapes us as followers of Jesus today. Woven through the series will be themes of creation and the fact that everything belongs to God and we are invited simply to care for or steward creation.

October 21st
Series: Understanding the Bible
Title: Hebrew Scripture History
Scripture: Genesis 1:1-5, Exodus 14:30-31, Judges 2:11-19
Theme: As we begin the series we’ll briefly overview the various books of the Bible and then begin to explore more deeply Genesis through Job. Specifically, we’ll look at the first 17 books of the Bible as they provide the history of our faith as the history of ancient Israel. Through this message we’ll also establish a couple of the key themes for the series. Firstly, the Bible is the story of God’s desire to be reconciled to God’s people. And everything is God’s, and we as human beings are invited to be care takers of creation.

October 28th
Series: Understanding the Bible
Title: Songs of God’s People
Scripture: Psalm 107:8-9, Psalm 44:23-24, Psalm 145:1-3
Theme: The book of Psalms is the songbook for Ancient Israel. Through the 150 different Psalms we can encounter the great diversity of human experience. Psalms of Praise, Thanksgiving, and Lament each speak in different ways to the relationship that humanity has with God, how we understand God to be at work in our lives and in the world, and how we decide to respond to and engage with God.

November 4th
Series: Understanding the Bible
Title: Prophets Past and Present
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-8 and Micah 6:8
Theme: Through the Hebrew Scriptures Prophets are called by God to challenge and call God’s people to faithfulness. On this All Saints Sunday we’ll remember those saints who have gone before us in our community of faith and explore some of the common themes from the prophets in Scripture. As we reflect on the prophets (both past and present) we’ll be invited to consider the degree to which the living of our lives aligns with God’s hopes for us.

November 11th
Series: Understanding the Bible
Title: Biographies of a Savior
Scripture: Luke 1:1-4 and John 1:1-5
Theme: Through this message we will explore the story (and stories) of Jesus contained in the Gospels. Though each of the four Gospels tells the story from different angles and perspectives, they are telling of God’s work in Jesus Christ to reconcile God’s people to God’s self. As we look at the story of Jesus we will be invited to think about how we live our lives as a reflection of the claim that Jesus is Lord.

November 18th
Series: Understanding the Bible
Title: The Earliest Church
Scripture: Acts 9:1-19, Matthew 16:13-19, Acts 2:42-47
Theme: Peter and Paul were two of the most influential leaders in early Christianity. In this message we’ll look briefly at both of their stories, explore their encounters with Jesus, and examine the ways in which their lives impacted the spread of the Christian Gospel. As we close this message and this series we’ll be invited to make commitments of our own to stand in the line of Paul and Peter and other faithful followers who have commitment to intentionally be the church.