Our Teaching for 2017-2018
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OUR CURRENT SERIES
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The Holy Spirit is always there in the Bible. Always. But often just ‘off stage’, creatively working in, through, and with the characters in view. The way of Jesus will always require more creativity than we have alone, so this series, coinciding as it does with Pentecost Sunday, is an invitation for us to turn to the Bible and know the Holy Spirit a little bit better.
Most of us assume that if we change our thinking, we’ll change our behaviour. Most of us, like Paul in Romans 7, are aware that this isn’t really working well for us. So what if the way to beat the bad habits isn’t good thinking, but good habits?
This is a series about that.
Imagine you’re one of Jesus’ disciples. You thought you knew what was happening. But then an arrest...a trial... a crucifixion...what now? Nothing much makes sense when your dreams apparently die on a cross.
"A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses."
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together
Community is more art than science, but when we get it right there is nothing like it. In this series we talk about our vision for what it means for us to be a community in Christ, to share the joy of belonging to God and each other, but also to share in the burden and responsibility of caring for the precious gift we have been given.
If we are honest, we have to admit there is a basic strangeness to the cross. The pastor and writer Fleming Rutledge said that the cross is the most surprising and irreligious idea ever to make its way into the heart of faith. Before Jesus, no one could have ever projected their hopes and needs onto the death of a crucified man.
Is it possible though, that the cross is actually the only thing that makes sense in an otherwise muddled up world? Or, perhaps more properly, what we want to explore in this series is how the cross is the one thing that makes sense of everything else. Of course, by everything, what we really mean is...
A new entry on the Westside menu last year, this series gave us pause to talk about the various ways we experience a troubled mind. The things that haunt our realities yet remain uncomfortable to talk about. This January we are focusing on the state of exhaustion that can come our way, the kinds of depletion that can easily become “burnout”. We want to talk in transparent ways, admitting our common struggle, finding hope, and support together.
Before Jesus, life was relentless waiting and anticipating. What is God doing? How is the story going to work out? Will we be rescued? Year after year negative answers were offered to all of these questions and more. Year after year...
Why is Abraham called “the father of faith”? It’s simple really — Abraham was the first to take the radical plunge into God’s promise of a future, and simply because God asked him to. What he couldn’t see, he heard and believed. Abraham considered God trustworthy.
On October 31, 1517 - 500 years ago this month - the priest and scholar, Martin Luther nailed a 95-point thesis to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Its aim? To call the Church to be more biblical and gospel-centred. This act began a Christ-centred reformation of the Church that was so widespread its impact is still felt today in churches, theology, philosophy, and even politics.
Last year we signaled our intent to begin talking about some of the vital and defining issues for our time. But in order to do this well, we keep insisting that we first learn how to talk to each other. Our dialogue must not break with our first and primary task: to be the one people of God.
We begin to lay out the foundations for our year in Paul’s words about the gospel at the opening of Romans. Words we want to take seriously. Words like salvation, righteousness, and faith, are all important to our vocabulary so are worth our time and effort. As we explore we hope to find out how these words unpack and explain what Christ has done for us and move us towards a deeper understanding of what it is that he is trying to do with us.