Current Studies

Fractured Family (Genesis 37-38)

We are beginning a new series today called God In The Midst of Suffering. One of the hardest aspects of trials and suffering is wondering where God is in the moment. It does not look like God is with us. It does not feel like God is with us. So we are going to spend our time in this series looking for God in the midst of suffering. Our source text for this study will be from Genesis as we look at the life of Joseph. Take your copies of God’s word and open it to Genesis 37…

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Denied (Matthew 26:69-27:10)

Jesus has been arrested and taken to the high priest where a trial has started. The trial is not a seeking of the truth. The trial is to find false witnesses that will give a false testimony about Jesus so that the ruling Jewish council can have him executed. All of the disciples abandoned Jesus at his arrest and ran away. However, we are told that Peter has returned to follow Jesus at a distance as they go to the high priest for trial (Matthew 26:58,69). Last week we read what was going on inside during Jesus’ trial. Now the scene moves outside, where we see Peter sitting in the courtyard of the high priest and he is awaiting the results of the trial…

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Hope From Guilt and Shame (Jeremiah 3:19-4:4)

In Jeremiah 3 God is explaining why the people’s lack of guilt and shame has been a problem to the relationship. We noticed in our last lesson that God expects us to experience guilt and shame so that we will have clarity about what we have done, be genuine about our sin which then will ultimately lead to a true repentance rather than stubbornness. We concluded that lesson by God making promises about what he was going to do through Christ in the future. Here in Jeremiah 3:19-4:4 we are going to see more promises that God gives to his people. God is going to proclaim the hope that comes from the shame and guilt we are experiencing…

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Betrayed (Matthew 26:47-68)

It is a secluded place in the darkness of the middle of the night. Jesus and his disciples are on the Mount of Olives. They have been told that they were all going to fall away tonight. Jesus has spent this time preparing with prayer. The disciples have spent this time sleeping. But now the moment has arrived. As Jesus tells his disciples that his betrayer is near, Judas is coming forward. But Judas is not alone. Judas is not coming to rejoin the disciples. Judas is not coming to rejoin his Master whom he has followed for the past three years. Judas is coming with a large crowd. Is Judas coming with a large crowd who want to hear Jesus’ teaching? Is Judas coming with a large crowd with a new set of potential disciples? No. A large crowd is coming with Judas and you can imagine them carrying torches into the darkness of this mountain. But it is not a friendly group as we are told in Matthew 26:47 that this large crowd is carrying swords and clubs. These are people who are ready for a fight. What we are going to see are three different responses in this moment. This is the hour of trial. This is the moment Jesus has predicted and prepared for. What will be the response of those who are in Jesus’ sphere of influence?

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