Nehemiah tells us the end of the Old Testament story. The significance of the events is huge. Think about it. God made a promise to Abraham that his family would have a land and would multiply, and that he would be a blessing to the nation. This was partially fulfilled. The promise was renewed through Moses, and then finally with David. David saw the land, he saw the multiplication, but the eternal blessing to the nations was hard to see. The kingdom was divided, conquered and the people were taken as prisoners…exiles in a foreign land. Just before the curtain closes on the Old Testament, the people return to the land and rebuild. This sets up the events of the New Testament where Jesus comes into a disrupted Jerusalem, and finds a Judaism that has drifted far from God’s original covenant design. The key characters in this story are Nehemiah the great leader, and Ezra the prophet/scribe. This story is filled with great leadership savvy and plot twists. However, mainly it is a story of hope. God keeps His promises. And when He does, how will we respond? That is the end of the story.

Marriage Lessons

Marriage is an area of our lives that we can always grow in, and no matter what stage of life you are in we can all learn from the relationship that God designed to model His relationship with the church. The foundation of each marriage is critical to the stability of the relationship and marriage roles play a vital part in our daily lives. God has called us as men and women to love and respect one another and build each other up.

God Story

God is the only one who truly writes His own story. And He did. Graciously the story of God is recorded in our Bibles. The story of God is so overwhelmingly personal and intertwined with the collective stories of human history that it is tempting to think that man is the central player in his own performance. However, the Bible is the record of God and His interaction with His creation. It is the record of His actions and attributes. Understanding that the movement of God is at the core of the Bible is the key to unlocking all that God wants to teach us through it. This study will be a thrill. While it’s ambitious to cover the whole story of the Bible in four weeks, the advantages are huge. We can see, perhaps for the first time, how all the collective stories of the Bible fit into one grand narrative.

Life on Mission

If someone were to ask you to explain your faith, could you do it briefly, concisely, and in a compelling way? Nothing can replace the confidence of knowing you can turn any conversation into a Gospel conversation. Evangelism trends come and go. If you have been a part of church life for any period of time then you realize this. However, we are confident that Life on Mission will be a strategy we can stick with and promote through our many evangelistic outlets. Together we will become equipped to turn everyday conversations into Gospel conversations. With our strategic GO ministry, our growing interest in reaching the community around us, and for the simple reason that all people need to be equipped to share their faith, there is no better time for the whole church to be trained to share our faith. It’s our church on mission; it’s our life on mission.

Life On Mission 3 Circles Role Play


The book of James is simply remarkable. Its author was the step brother of Jesus Himself and the pastor of the church in Jerusalem. Its audience was the first century Jewish Believers who were scattered about. The purpose of the book was to encourage the faith of the believers. The strategy? To challenge their faith in sound bites. James is short, pithy, and very quotable. And yet the terse, Proverbs-like, nature of the book belies the fact that James has some of the most challenging text to interpret in all the New Testament! This is what makes James a joy to teach and a challenge to live. Oh, and one other feature that is interesting. James has major themes such as trials, worldliness, riches, faith, and the tongue. Yet, there is no clearly discernable outline like the letters of Paul. Rather the themes are woven throughout. Interestingly all the themes are mentioned in chapter one. This allows us to teach through the book topically as well as expositionally. Meaning, we will teach each text of the book, yet we can arrange our discussions by topic. The book is not a linear argument, it is a collection of repeated themes. In this way we can treat it topically without violating the sequence of the argument.
May God give us grace to understand, to live, and to teach like Ezra!