The Harm And Hope Of Scoffing: Learning a lesson from Zechariah

Key Text: Luke 1:5-24, 57-79

When Gabriel the Angel delivers the exciting news of a promised son for Zechariah the priest and his barren wife, the aged man’s first response was scoffing laughter and disrespectful questioning. There’s harm in that type of response. Laughing at God in disbelief comes with a warning label. But there’s also hope in this story. The story doesn’t end in mute silence, instead, it climaxes in joyful prophetic singing. Zechariah’s hope — our hope — was about to step into our world.

Fighting For Unity

Key Text: Joshua 22:1-34

Unity is a treasure worth fighting for. But how we fight for it, and why we fight for it matters!

Psalm 133

Behold, how good and pleasant it is
    when brothers dwell in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
    running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
    running down on the collar of his robes!
It is like the dew of Hermon,
    which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
    life forevermore.

Join us this week as we explore the fragile gift of Christian unity, and how we can contend well for it.

Resistance and Victory

Key Text: Joshua 9:1 — 12:24

As the dust settles after Jericho’s fall, and the tears dry after Achan’s sin. After the people once again humble themselves under God’s mighty hand and take the city of Ai, all the nations of Cana rise up to stand against the children of Israel.

How do we handle the reality that God’s promises don’t always come easily? Join us this week as we consider what God is teaching us through these battles of resistance that Joshua faces.

Promise Land Living

Key Text: Joshua 5:1-15

Aaron continues our series in Joshua with a challenge to view our discipleship through the lens of ‘bondage’, ‘wilderness’, and ‘promised land’. No longer in captivity, God’s people have wandered for 40 years, now they stand on the brink of the promise God has given. What would it require to enter? What would they need to cut away? What would they need to embrace?