We hope you will join us for our current sermon series, The Life. Last year we took a journey through the entire Bible. We learned that the Bible is not a collection of independent stories, but one grand narrative of God's plan to redeem the world through his son, Jesus Christ. While we learned a lot, our pace did not afford us the opportunity to spend much time in any one particular area of the story. As we considered how to follow up The Story, it became clear that if we were going to focus on one particular part of the story this year, it should be the life of Jesus. Let's remember, the goal of our journey is not to simply acquire more information about Jesus, but to know him better and love him more deeply.
Our year will begin in the Old Testament, which promises that Jesus will fulfill all the hopes and dreams of God's people. He will be the prophet, priest and king the people so desperately need. In this series, we will look at some of the key passages in the Old Testament that foreshadow the life of Christ and they will build our expectations for the promise of Christ.
Then we will spend the majority of the year in the four Gospels. Each of the Gospels is written with a unique style and perspective to a distinct audience. To appreciate their uniqueness, we will take a thematic approach, looking at each Gospel through a particular lens. We will focus on the works of Jesus in Mark, the teachings of Jesus in Matthew, the humanity of Jesus in Luke, and the deity of Jesus in John. This will allow us to gain a more complete understanding of who Jesus is and what he has done for us.
We will finish the year by looking at the continuing work of Jesus through the church. For this we will look to the record of the early church (Acts) and a few of the letters written by early church leaders. Our hope is that we will grow not only in knowledge, but also in whole-hearted devotion, worship and obedience to our Savior and King. Jesus said in Matthew 16:25, "Whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it." The key to finding true life is not in making a good life for ourselves, but in giving ourselves over more fully to the one who is the way, the truth, and the life.