Jerry, Fred, Greg, and Scott did a great job leading us! Here Peter shows us that we are to see that Jesus was rejected by men but chosen by God. The same is true for God's people in this world: rejected by the world but God's "chosen race" (v. 9).
Jerry, Scott, Mark, and Tyler helped walk us through all of 1 Corinthians 2. The main theme is that we cannot come to the knowledge of God by human wisdom and eloquence but through a display of the Spirit's power.
In the story of Joseph it is easy to miss how central Judah is to the story. Judah begins as a complete mess. He suggests Joseph be sold into slavery and is sexually out of control (see 37-38). However, the Messiah is promised to be the Lion of the tribe of Judah (see 49:8-10). How could this be? Come witness the transforming grace of God in the life of Judah and his brothers!
[Mark referenced & quoted from this excellent sermon series on Joseph by Colin Smith.]
Fa is a young woman from Thailand who has professed faith in Jesus and become passionate for the thing of the Lord and God's word over the last two months. Our very own Hannah Hughes was used by God to help bring Fa to Jesus and the gospel!
[You can watch the baptism here!]
Jerry, Scott and Mark helped lead us through the whole first chapter of 1 Corinthians. Paul deals with unity, humility, God's faithfulness, the cross vs. human wisdom and power, God's effectual call and more!
[Original image from here.]
Jacob's life is a powerful example of how only God can give us what we need. The approval and blessing you need does not come through manipulating others but through wrestling with the God of grace. Below is an outline of the relevant chapters in Genesis:
25: Birth & Birthright
27: Stolen Blessing
28: Stairway to Heaven
29-31: Exile & Marriage
32: Wrestling with God
33: Return & Reunion