Prince. Lamb. King. Revolutionary. Seer.
These titles – and many more – have been imparted to Jesus of Nazareth. In his own day, he was an enigma – a man whose touch healed, whose words divided, and whose mission upended the status quo. 2000 years later, this poor carpenter turned cross-bearer continues to evoke deep and disparate feelings around the world. Thousands of denominations claim him. Billions of people pray to him. Around every corner lurk those who oppose him.
Beginning on August 28, First Reformed Church will seek to meet this Jesus all over again. In a sweeping, nine-month teaching event, we’ll journey with Jesus through Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. We’ll look closely at his miracles, rediscover his teachings, and observe his intimate moments among family, friends, and foes. Join us at 9:30 on Sunday mornings from now through Ascension Day 2017 for the Year of the Messiah. To view the preaching plan for this series click here.
What is the source of real, authentic hope? Is it in the law of averages? Confidence in the system? Or might it be found in one Man? Join us for an amazing Easter experience of the risen Messiah!
The palm branches will be waving! Join us for an experience of worship and praise that centers on the triumphal entry of Jesus – and which also asks the question – why did Jesus cry when it was over?
Judas Iscariot is universally loathed as the betrayer of Jesus. But who was Judas? What motivated him? And why didn’t Jesus stop him from his traitorous act? Pastor Tim spotlight Judas’ relationship with Jesus this Sunday morning.
As we journey deeper into the Lenten season, Pastor Tim will continue the theme of Jesus in Conflict. Sunday morning’s message, drawn from John 6, will consider how we respond when Faith Gets Hard.
The ministry of Jesus is starting to take a different twist. In The Year of the Messiah, we have seen His miracles and the Defining Words of Jesus. Pastor Mark will teach on Matthew 12:46-50, where we see conflict arising between Jesus, His family and His followers.
One of the important questions of Jesus’s time—and therefore, one of the great opportunities he had to speak a Defining Word—revolved around the question of ritual purity. In the morning message, Pastor Tim will show how Jesus “reversed gears” and presented new vision of purity as “inside-out”.
Most Christians would admit that their prayer life could be better than it presently is. Are there simple and effective steps we can take to grow in this area? Pastor Tim will look at Jesus’ Defining Words on prayer as a way of moving us into a more satisfying prayer life.
Week 2 of our Defining Words series-within-a-series continues as Pastor Tim surveys Matthew 5:17-48. In this section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus takes on several prevailing sentiments of the time and challenges His followers to have a righteousness that exceeds the Pharisees.
With February just around the corner, we pivot into the next section of the Year of the Messiah teachings. This phase, called Defining Words, begins with Jesus’ new vision for forgiveness.
We will gather at the communion table and share in the Lord’s Supper during the first half of the worship service. Following the sacrament, Pastor Tim will offer a teaching on Luke 14 – the story of Jesus healing a man on the Sabbath. In this concluding sermon, we look at how participation supercedes reciprocity, […]