Easter is the day we celebrate Jesus' rising from the dead, but let's be honest—that's not always easy to believe. How does someone just stop being dead? Are we sure it happened? What if it didn’t? And if it did, so what—what does it have to do with our lives today? Iit turns out we're not the only ones who've asked questions like this. When Jesus died, even his closest friends and followers had questions, fears, and doubts. This Easter, we'll see how Jesus shared the good news that he really was alive and that nothing—not even death—could separate them from God’s love. The same is true for us, today and forever.
Week 1: The love of Jesus is bigger than our doubts,
Week 2: The love of Jesus gives us hope.
You know that feeling you get when someone makes you a big promise? You probably feel excited, but you might feel a little skeptical too, especially when that promise gets delayed... and delayed again... and again. If you have to wait too long for something, you might give up hope. In April, we'll meet a handful of people from the Bible who each spent a long time waiting on God.
Week 1: God has a plan, but ewe might have to wait for it.
Week 2: While we’re waiting, God is faithful.
Week 3: While we’re waiting, God is listening.
Week 4: If you’re waiting on God, don’t give up.
When you hear the word worship, you might think of a church building, your favorite song, or a certain tradition. Worship takes a lot of forms, but sometimes we make the mistake of thinking worship is something much smaller than what it really is. You can worship through song and meaningful traditions, but when's the last time you worshiped by going outside? Cleaning up your neighborhood? Making a friend? Telling God you're angry? In May, we'll explore worship songs in the book of Psalms as we discover worship is bigger than we ever imagined.
Week 1: We worship with all of creation.
Week 2: We worship to remember what God has done.
Week 3: We can worship even when it’s difficult.
Week 4: We worship together because we’re God's family.
We all wish time machines were real, right? You could stop yourself from saying something stupid, see where you’ll be in 10 years, or experience your favorite moment in history firsthand. While real time machines might not actually exist, the Bible can sometimes feel a little bit like one—it’s a story about a God who exists outside of time and had a plan to save the world before time even existed. God's plan was fulfilled through Jesus about 2,000 years ago, but hundreds of years earlier, prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Amos left us hints about God’s plan for the future.
Week 1: Jesus' mission was to set people free.
Week 2: Jesus can rebuild what has been destroyed.
Week 3: Jesus calls us to do justice.
Week 4: Jesus calls us to remember.
Have you ever been confident about something—like, really confident—only to later find out you were really wrong? It happens! We're all bound to get things wrong once in a while, but when our eyes are opened to the truth, we have to be willing to change our minds. But when it comes to Jesus, it's not always easy to know what the truth is or how to share that truth with others. What do we do with all of the big questions that hard to answer? Is Jesus still trustworthy even when his followers mess up? When life gets hard? In July, we’ll be invited to look and see.
Week 1: Jesus is someone you can believe.
Week 2: Jesus teaches us new things.
Week 3: God can use your story to help others see.
Week 4: God gives us the strength to follow Jesus.