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Christianity Explored begins this weekend!

 

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This weekend kicks off a great opportunity for people interested in exploring the very basics about Jesus.  Christianity Explored is a venue for spiritual seekers wanting to understand the person and teachings of Jesus Christ.  Christianity claims at its core to be Good News.  That’s what the word Gospel means.  But what’s so good about Christianity in a world where many are so unsure about religion.  Each week we’ll look at another section of Mark’s Gospel – one of the four original “biographies of Jesus” showing us who he was, what he said and what he did.

Christianity Explored meets weekly in Room D-126 at 10:45am (during the second service).

If you’d like more details about Christianity Explored, you can find out more info on the Facebook Page – Christianity Explored Omaha.  This fall’s class will be facilitated by a team of trained leaders.  Each week we’ll have time for conversation around tables and a short video segment followed by lots of time for your questions.  Bring a friend – things are always more interesting with a crowd!

What do you want Jesus to do for you?

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We’re heading towards the conclusion of Christianity Explored in Unconvinced.  This upcoming week, we’ll look at the stark contrast Mark the Gospel writer paints for us between James and John (two of Jesus’ disciples) and a humble blind man named Bartimaeus.  Jesus asks them the exact same question:  What do you want me to do for you?  They give SUCH DIFFERENT ANSWERS.

Unconvinced meets Sundays in room D-126 during the second service.  10:45 am

What would you say?  Rico helps us ask the question  by challenging us to consider what really is in our heart.  What really does give life meaning for us?  What is one thing about life that if it was taken away from you would make life seem not worth living?

Unconvinced Extended Play Experience:  Sunday, October 18th

Also an invitation here to join us October 18th for lunch.  After class we’ll have some lunch together then finish up Christianity Explored.  We’ll also hear a few stories of people who have become Christ followers and we’ll finish Mark’s Gospel with the last Rico Tice teaching session.  If you are interested in joining us just swat me an email and we’ll get you signed up and order a lunch for you!

Are you listening?

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Jesus is trying to get us to hear something.  Are we listening?  This week in Unconvinced Mark’s Gospel takes us to the most important quality a spiritual seeker must have to get anywhere with God…  Ears to Hear!  Without ears to hear, we’ll miss everything.  At the risk of spilling the story, I’ll simply invite you to come give Jesus a listen.

Unconvinced meets Sundays at Christ Community Church in room D-126 (the hallway between the Worship Center and Access.  We get started at 10:45 when the second service begins.  Come join us and bring a friend.  Warning:  If you’re not careful, you’ll hear what Jesus is saying and life will change for you!

 

Making Use of What you Know


Last week in Jesus Class we were served yet another Mark Sandwich… Yum! (see the Jan 28th blog-post on Sandwiches) In chapter 6, Jesus is first rejected at Nazareth. He then sends out the 12 Disciples on a mission. Mark next inserts the flashback of John the Baptist being executed for confronting Herod’s illicit marriage to his brother’s wife. Finally, Mark records the return of the 12 after their mission. Message? The mission of the kingdom is costly – it might bring even painful rejection!

It’s a riveting chapter, but how do you apply its message to your own life? What difference would it make to the church today if we lived in fearless abandon to the mission of Jesus? What do things like “Shake off the dust” mean in a world where we have a hard time just being heard in the first place?

Here’s what the class came up with for personal application points. Actually this is only a fraction of what people submitted. Usually the class teacher is the one putting the bold personal application questions up on the board, but this week we flipped the script and had the students brainstorm.

Here are the best out of a list of over 40 reflection questions. I think they did pretty good!

#28) Who in my life do I need to hold accountable for their actions? Am I willing to take the risks that confronting them might involve? Why not?

#38) Jesus couldn’t perform the miracles he really wanted to in Nazareth because people lacked faith. How is your level of faith affecting Jesus’ ability to work in your life?

#33) Has the fear of acceptance ever held you back? How do you overcome it?

#45) Jesus sent the disciples out in pairs. How can I bring others into my ministry so I’m not alone in my efforts? What are the advantages of always having someone else in partnership with me?

#14) What would you do if you had the power Herod did? a) Use it for selfish gain, caving-in to evil influences? b) Stand up for what is right even if you had to retract something you previously said? c) Avoid the situation and just let things play out? Why?

#12) Is there a Herodias in my life? How can I be prepared to stand up to someone of such power and negative influence?

#11) What would I do if Jesus asked me to go out in mission like the 12 – with little resources or specific directions? Would I obey? What would I stand to learn through such an experience?

#9) What capabilities of mine are actually hindered by lack of faith in those around me? How can I handle myself in a situation where the people surrounding me don’t operate from a base of trust?

Sometime this week, grab your bible, give Mark 6 a look and let the Jesus Class point you toward some penetrating reflection questions as you study.

Way to go Jesus Class!