Sunday, November 26, 2017

No Class Today

We are off today for Thanksgiving break. See you next week as we resume our fall teaching series. 


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Where Does the Concept of Social Justice Come From?

We are continuing our fall teaching series, "Christian Values in Changing Times." This week did a mid-series check-in and fielded some questions about our series.

 

Key Themes:
  •  Judeo-Christian foundation of the concept of social justice

Digging Deeper:

Sunday, November 5, 2017

What Does the Bible Teach About Race?

We are continuing our fall teaching series, "Christian Values in Changing Times." This week we're launching into a 2-week conversation exploring the critical biblical support for the dignity, value and value of all races.

Part 1


Part 2


Key Themes
  • Creation: Genesis 1:26–27; 3:20; Acts 17:26
  • Fall: Genesis 9:18–19; 10; 11:1–9
  • Redemption: Matt. 28:19; Acts 1:8; 2:1–13; Ephesians 2:11–22; 3:4–6; Colossians 3:9–11; Galatians 3:26–29
  • Glorification: Revelation 7:9
  • Historical examples:
    • William Wilberforce
    • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Local ministry: Discussion on racial reconciliation in the church with Pastor Anthony from Redeemed Life Church, in Azusa, CA

Digging Deeper

Sunday, October 29, 2017

No Class Today

Krista was out sick today, so we had a prayer meeting. Lord willing, Krista will be back next week to continue our fall teaching series.


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Are Women as Valuable as Men?

We are continuing our fall teaching series, "Christian Values in Changing Times." This week we're launching into a 2-week conversation exploring the critical biblical support for the dignity, value and value of women. 

Part 1



Part 2



Key Themes
  • Prejudices about the word "feminism"
  • Creation: Both men and women are created in the image of God.
  • Fall: Relationships between men and women have become complicated by sin.
  • Redemption: Men and women are partners in the Great Commission.
  • Glorification: Male/female relationships are restored in the New Creation.
  • Acts 19: disrupting culture with the Christian worldview 

Digging Deeper

Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Dignity of Work


Key Themes 
  • Creation: Work is part of what it means to be human.
  • Fall: Work has been complicated due to sin.
  • Redemption: Work is an extension of loving our neighbor.
  • Glorification: We will likely be working in the new heaven and new earth.
  • Avoiding vices: laziness and workaholism
  • How do we we raise children to have a good work ethic?
  • How do we affirm human dignity when we help the poor?


Digging Deeper

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Should Christians Protect the Rights of Minority Religions?

One of the most foundational doctrines of Christianity involves a proper understanding of what it means to be human and how that sets us apart from the rest of God's creation. In this lesson, we explore the biblical, theological and legal foundation for the idea of religious freedom.



Key Themes:
  • Why should we care about minority religions?
    • Banning JWs in Russia
    • Why do we consider the ten Boom family to be noble?
  • Biblical foundation for religious freedom
  • Theological foundation for religious freedom 
    • common grace vs. saving grace 
  • Legal foundation for religious freedom
    • First Amendment
  • Reflections about loving our enemies (Matt. 5:44–48; Matt. 8:18–22)

Digging Deeper: