P.O.T.S. 1 - Creating Space for Spiritual Formation

July 2nd, 2017

Josh looks at the first message Peter delivers at Pentecost and the response of the people: "What shall we do?" They had lived with Jesus and not recognized who He was. In many ways, we've shut Jesus out of our lives too. "What shall we do?" Create space for spiritual formation. Spiritual formation doesn't happen on Sunday mornings. It requires creating space in our lives the rest of the week for word, worship, prayer and community. What if spiritual formation becomes your heart's cry, and then God gets to add the things you're trying to add? What could that new rhythm bring? Acts 2:22-47. Matthew 6:33.

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Prayers of the Season and Eucharisteo

June 25th, 2017

Taking a break from our study in the Gospel of Mark, we reviewed the prayers of the season (P.O.T.S.) from January and how the Lord is answering those prayers in our body and community. We participated in eucharisteo -- giving thanks for what the Lord is providing. Then, we previewed the new P.O.T.S. for the current season. Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17. Luke 22:14-20.

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Jesus: A Study in the Book of Mark Pt. 14

June 18th, 2017

Sara walks us through Jesus' teaching about what contaminates a life and how ritual compliance with the legalism of the day isn't what makes anyone clean. Then or now. Which begs the question: "What are we hung up on that prevents us from loving others?" The condition of our hearts is what contaminates our lives, and practices like the Lectio Divina help us create space for our hearts to be formed by God as we journey towards the "good life" and away from any legalism that paralyzes our claims of love. Mark 7:1-23. Mark 7:6-7. Deuteronomy 10:12-22.

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Jesus: A Study in the Book of Mark Pt. 13

June 11th, 2017

Josh discusses the story of Jesus walking on the water and asks: "In what kind of season are you right now? And where is Jesus?" The disciples enter the boat and worry about how they're going to reach the shore. But we see that Jesus isn't the God who gets us to shore necessarily. He is the God who gets in the boat with us. He is the destination. Mark 6:45-56. Mark 4:35-41. Isaiah 41:10-13.

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Jesus: A Study in the Book of Mark Pt. 12

June 4th, 2017

Josh looks at the story of Jesus feeding the 5000, and we see that Jesus doesn't come to us to satisfy our appetites. He didn't come to be the Bread King. He came to swallow all of our appetites and give us appetites we didn't even know we had -- appetites that only Jesus can satisfy. Mark 6:30-46. John 6:14-15. Mark 10:45. John 6:51. Hebrews 13:20-21. 

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Jesus: A Study in the Book of Mark Pt. 11

May 28th, 2017

Kara shares three stories from the Book of Mark -- Jesus rejected in Nazareth; the sending out of the 12 disciples; and the beheading of John the Baptist -- and we see that rejection and suffering are not surprises to Jesus. But we also see how the Lord uses those experiences to grow our faith and trust in Him until we find ourselves on the Resurrection side of suffering. Mark 6:1-29. Luke 1:39-45. 

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Jesus: A Study in the Book of Mark Pt. 10

May 21st, 2017

Josh shares the story of Jairus' daughter and the woman who touches the hem of Jesus' garment. The desperation of a father for his daughter and a woman's desperate desire for healing meet in this moment with Jesus. Jesus walks with Jairus amidst his desperation; He hears the desperate cry from this ailing woman. And we see how healing, peace and identity comes through trusting Jesus. Mark 5:21-43. Ecclesiastes 4:1-12.

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Jesus: A Study in the Book of Mark Pt. 9

May 14th, 2017

Josh walks through the passage in Mark 5 about Legion, the demoniac. Mark tells us the story of Jesus casting out 2000 demons into a herd of pigs. In a way, Jesus wants to do the same for us by casting out the things we believe about ourselves that are not who we truly are. Mark 5:1-20. Ephesians 6:12. Ephesians 2:1-10. Psalm 23. 

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Jesus: A Study in the Book of Mark Pt. 8

May 7th, 2017

Josh looks at 3 parables Jesus shared about seeds to make us think about who He is and contemplate what it means to follow Him. We can get caught up in looking for harvest or blessing or healing, but before we get to harvest, we need seeds planted and time and patience for them to grow and mature. As we grow and mature, we move from asking, "What is this?" to "Who is this?" And we see in the story of Jesus calming the storm, that even when our growing seasons are tumultuous, we can turn to Jesus for peace. Mark 4:21-41. 1 Corinthians 3:1-9. 

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Jesus: A Study in the Book of Mark Pt. 7

April 30th, 2017

Bill looks at Jesus' heart for his followers -- a heart that called them together as a family and showed them how to view themselves and others through a story about a generous farmer sowing seeds on his land. Mark 3:31-4:20. Luke 14:26. Acts 2:14a, 36-41. 1 Peter 1:17-23.

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