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AWAKE 6 – BEHOLD, A FRIEND’S FAITH {awake series} – Josh Jacobs

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And behold, there was a paralyzed man brought by his friends to Jesus. This “interruption” in Jesus’ teaching reveals a powerful lesson on community. When Jesus saw “their” faith (the faith of the man’s friends), spiritual and physical healing is the result. Christian community in its truest form brings others face to face with the living Christ. We are, by nature, carriers of the Gospel, taking it to others and others to it.

Luke 5:17-26; 1 Corinthians 15:9

PRESENCE & POWER {awake series} – Ben Miller

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Behold, the veil was torn.  Many supernatural events happened when Jesus died.  Why all the fuss about a torn curtain?

(Matt 27:45-54, Gen 2:17, Gen 9:11, Gen 17:4, Ex 19:5-6, Ex 26:31-33, Jer 31:31, Lk 22:20, Heb 8:6, Matt 5:17, Num 11:17-25, Deut 34:9, Ps 51:11, I Kings 3:7-12, Joel 2:28-29, Jn 14:25-26, Jn 16:7, Acts 1:4-5, Acts 2:1-4, Psalm 22:1, Eph 3:20, Rom 8:11)

BEHOLD, OUR GIFTS {awake series} – Phil Lopez

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Behold, Our GiftsZacchaeus’ meeting with Jesus creates a desire to right the wrongs of his life, to become a giver instead of a taker. Proximity to Christ results in us laying down our money, our time, our gifts. Zacchaeus models our “behold” back to God.

Main Scripture: Luke 19: 1-10
Supporting Scripture: Romans 10:9, James 2, Colossians 3:10, 1 John 3:2-3, Romans 5:1-5, Galatians 2:20, 2 Corinthians 5:17

INFUSED {awake series} – Ben Miller

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Lambs and baptisms apparently have something in common.  God knew we needed familiar landmarks to help us see, understand, and participate in the spiritual world. But when we remove God from that equation, we’re left with cold, lifeless religion.

(Jn 1:26-37, Heb 9:22, Hos 6:6, Ps 51:16, I Sam 15:22, Matt 5:17-20, Acts 2:37-39, Acts 8:12, Acts 22:16, Col 2:12, Gal 3:27, I Peter 3:21, Jn 1:14, I Jn 1:1, Phil 2:5-11, Heb 10:1-10, Eph 2:8-9, Rom 12:1)

PAY ATTENTION {awake series} – Ben Miller

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Elisha’s servant gets a rude awakening when his eyes are opened by God, revealing a reality unknown to him before.  If we accept that God is real and Jesus is who he said he was, then our eyes need to be opened as well.

(2 Kings 6:11-17, Matt 26:50-54, Eph 6:12, Matt 13:15, Jn 20:24-29, Matt 7:7-12, Jer 29:13, Is 43:19, Jn 13:3, Matt 17:20, Matt 6:25, Jn 14:12, Matt 16:18, Rom 8:11)

OUR EARTHLY TENT {lessons from a broken body series} – Phil Lopez

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When we understand that our earthly bodies, or “tents” aren’t meant to be permanent homes, it changes the way we view both the beauty and the brokenness present in our world. Grace compels us to draw our attention from the temporary toward the eternal & changes the way we live our lives.

2 Corinthians 4:14-18
2 Corinthians 5:1-8
2 Corinthians 5:14-15, 18-21

METAMORPHOSIS {lessons from a broken body series} – Ben Miller

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When we accept the love and forgiveness of Christ, He transforms us.  If we are being changed by Christ, what does the end product look like?

(2 Cor 5:14-17, 2 Cor 3:18b, I Thess 5:23-24, Matt 16:24, James 1:22, I Jn 2:4, Matt 28:20, 2 Cor 6:18, Jn 14:26, Jn 16:7-8, Jn 16:13, I Cor 12:7-11, Eph 1:13, Rom 8:26, Gal 5:22-25, Eph 5:26, Heb 10:25, Acts 2:47, Luke 19:10, I Cor 9:22b, Matt 9:36-38)

GODLY SORROW {lessons from a broken body series} – Ben Miller

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The word religious has become synonymous with judgement.  People see Christians and the Church as morality police, chasing people around and slapping sinners’ hands.  This misconception of sin, grace, and the identity of the Church leaves us living in pride or shame instead of grace.  The Apostle Paul shows us a better path.

(2 Cor 7:8-13a, Gen 1:26, Eph 4:24, Gen 3:8, Rom 3:23, Rom 7:15-20, Ps 95:8, Ps 53:3, I Cor 10:13, Jn 8:36, Rom 8:1)

FOR THE CITY – Ben Miller

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The people of the southern kingdom have been beaten, captured, and relocated.  In that new setting, Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, gives surprising instructions on how to live in a place that isn’t home.

(Jer 29:4-7, Eph 5:11, I Peter 1:15, Lev 11:44, Matt 9:12, Jn 6:15, Jn 18:10, Mk 12:17, I Ptr 2:11, Ph 3:20, Jn 17:14-18, I Peter 2:9, Phil 2:7)