Mar 10, 2019
Key Ingredients – Spiritual Transformation
Mark 1:14-15
 
This passage is the first "sermon" that Jesus preached, but it also highlights some vital truths: the Christian life always leads to lasting and profound change.
 
 
Here is a video explaining the circle. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr81lSRNKpU
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  • Mar 10, 2019Key Ingredients – Spiritual Transformation
    Mar 10, 2019
    Key Ingredients – Spiritual Transformation
    Mark 1:14-15
     
    This passage is the first "sermon" that Jesus preached, but it also highlights some vital truths: the Christian life always leads to lasting and profound change.
     
     
    Here is a video explaining the circle. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr81lSRNKpU
  • Mar 3, 2019Key Ingredients Eagerness for Action
    Mar 3, 2019
    Key Ingredients Eagerness for Action
    Mark 6:6b-13
     
    The life of discipleship is a life committed to action. Jesus sent his disciples out on meaningful and challenging mission so they could represent God. They engaged creatively and uniquely within each micro village to address their individual needs. We all have areas where Jesus sends us, let’s be eager to act out our faith.
     
    The practice for eagerness to action is one that James Bryan Smith prescribes in The Good and Beautiful Community, chapter 1: “2X4” which encourages a Christian to spend two hours with God each week and to also engage in 4 hours (or 4 tasks) that help others. We’ll encourage our people to seek regular ways to help others.
  • Feb 24, 2019Key Ingredients – Biblical Inheritance
    Feb 24, 2019
    Key Ingredients – Biblical Inheritance
    Mark 8:27-30
     
    This passage is the heart of Mark’s gospel, the focal point that the previous content has pointed towards and the moment that all that remains will support. Jesus is the fulfillment of Israel’s long and winding story. This confession by Peter would have helped to center Jesus’ disciples within their ancient text for their modern day experience. We have that same opportunity as modern believers: to see the Bible not as an object from the past, but as an inheritance to live into.
     
    The practice for this value is to memorize Revelation 21:1-5, which is a tight passage about the fulfillment of the Biblical story. We encourage you to memorize and to recite this verse once per day in order to meditate on our future hope.
  • Feb 17, 2019Key Ingredients: Connecting to Leaders
    Feb 17, 2019
    Key Ingredients: Connecting to Leaders
    Mark 14: 3-6
     
    This passage shows Jesus’ vulnerability for others, even before his sacrifice on the cross. Jesus is transparent, accessible, kind, accepting, and pardon-giving. Our paid and lay leadership needs to follow the way of Jesus: not hidden behind titles or tasks, but to be well-known and convincing enough for people to hand us your burdens.
     
    The practice for this value is for both leaders and laity to be eager to meet. We should provide some “how-to’s” for laity to follow when requesting time with staff. Staff needs to be challenged to carve out regular invitations for people to connect.
  • Feb 10, 2019Key Ingredients – Non-Judgemental Christianity
    Feb 10, 2019
    Key Ingredients – Non-Judgemental Christianity
    Mark 1:16-20
    Jesus’ invitation to his first disciples was compelling. He opened a door, presented a compelling life, addressed them in a way they could understand, etc. Ministry in Jesus’ name needs to be done in Jesus’ way, too.
    The practice for this ingredient is “Curiosity Field Trips.” At times, we tend to navigate life with people we solely agree with. Jesus was busy affiliating with people not like him. Try to read books outside of the norm, visit new places where you might be an outsider, and strike up conversations with people who are different than you. You can be convinced of your Christian faith and curious about outsiders’ experience, at the same time.
  • Feb 3, 2019Key Ingredients – Hospitality
    Feb 3, 2019
    Key Ingredients – Hospitality
    Mark 5:21-43
    The key to hospitality is to host. To gather people within the Christian life and to be a carrier or “host” of the Jesus-centered life.
    Jesus, is both mobile and present in these passages. He’s never in a hurry, but addresses two, unique issues from two different women from two different parts of the social map. He was present and was eager to help.
    The practice for Hospitality for us will be to bless 3 people a week. Either with a word of encouragement, a material blessing, or doing something to lift their burden.