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 theYear of the Messiah.
What Christians Believe and Why
Foundations matter. They matter in architecture, they matter in economics, and they matter in belief systems. As cultural winds shift and as the tides of society continue to turn, it is more important than ever that followers of Jesus know their bedrock beliefs and that they understand why these deeply-held truths matter in the 21st Century.
In this series we are re-engaging the Apostles’ Creed, a 12-line manifesto of the early church. For the subsequent millennium and a half, the faith-principles it articulates have served as the theological center of Christian faith and practice. In our morning messages and through breakout discussion groups, we’ll be carefully unpacking these core convictions, exploring why they have been affirmed by Christians around the wold, and sharing how believing them can help you live a steady, impactful life.
To further our Family Ministry directive this August we are reading and expanding on Gary Chapman’s book, The Family You Always Wanted. Each week we are delving into a different topic presented in the book that will ultimately lead to creating families that love and serve Jesus together.
The Heidelberg Catechism was written in 1563 by Elector Frederick III. It is a Protestant confessional document taking the form of a series of questions and answers, for use in teaching Reformed Christian doctrine. In our Sunday evening service we will be walking through the Catechism in order to increase our faith.