Inception

Departure

After preaching His first public sermon and performing a couple of miracles, word about Jesus spread throughout Galilee. He was just beginning to draw larger crowds when, after a time of solitude, Jesus suddenly announced that He was leaving for other towns. Join us for part six of Inception where we see the circumstances that led Jesus to leave His hometown in pursuit of God’s ultimate mission to save the world. Passage (read it): Luke 4:31-44 Principles (know them): Who…

Rejected

When Nazareth’s favorite son showed up to preach His first public sermon, He received a lot of support from the crowd. But Jesus quickly moved from hero to zero when His friends and neighbors threatened to kill Him for something He said. What turned Jesus’ hometown crowd against Him? Join us for part five of Inception to learn how embracing God’s mission challenges our preconceived notions and reveals hidden biases. Passage (read it): Luke 4:14-30 Principles (know them): Racism is…

Temptations

Nothing makes us aware of the power of temptation more than a determination to avoid temptation. Start a diet and suddenly everything not on your diet becomes a temptation. Make the decision to stop a habit or abstain from something and suddenly the thing that you are trying to avoid has a power that it didn’t seem to have before. Join us for part four of Inception where we learn from Jesus that every temptation is an invitation for transformation.   Passage (read it): Luke 3:21-22…

Origins

Genealogies are found throughout the Bible. Luke, being a good historian, included Jesus’ genealogy as part of his Gospel account. While these long lists of difficult to pronounce names are often overlooked in our Bible reading and study, it is important to understand why the Gospel writers and the early Christians thought they were so important. Join us for part three of Inception where we look at Jesus’ family tree to understand where Jesus comes from, who He is, and where He…

Prepare the Way

How should followers of Jesus respond to the chaos and discord of the world around us? The launching of Jesus’ ministry offers us an unexpected answer. Join us for part two of Inception where we explore the message of Jesus’ cousin John and how that message and Jesus’ response helps us begin the process of changing the world around us. Passage (read it): Luke 3:1-20 Principles (know them): The mission to change the world begins with the person in the…

The Good Doctor

How did we come to know and believe the stories of Jesus? Dr. Luke begins his Gospel with a description of how and why he wanted to capture the story of Jesus on paper. Join us for the first message in Inception as we explore the development, reliability and purpose of the Bible. Passage (read it): Luke 1:1-4 Principles (know them): The development of the Bible: A synthesis of human witness and divine inspiration 2 Timothy 3:15-16 & 2 Peter…