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The Loss of Civility

With growing political animosity, authorities and citizens alike have discarded common civility. As tempers flare, insults fly, and resistance increases, Christians must stand out as people who can disagree respectably. Civility – formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech The Growing Frustration As conservative citizens see the rapid pace at which the country is changing, fear turns into rage. As liberal citizens seek to defend their beliefs to a level of mass acceptance, any such resistance is met with…

The Pressure of Popularity

With increasing pressure to fall into particular political camps, how are Christians supposed to navigate faithfully? We cannot give in to any cultural system, no matter how widely accepted, if it contradicts the truths of Scripture. The Problem Authentic followers of God are typically the ones holding the minority opinion throughout history. Just because something is popular does not mean it is right. We must beware of the tendency to adapt our beliefs to align with the culture. The Prophet…

The State of Disunity

Equip Course – The Divided States of America As we navigate this contentious election season, how are Christians supposed to respond? In light of the state of disunity within the United States of America, disciples of Jesus must prove themselves to be different from society. Where Are We? The founding of this country was based on obtaining certain freedoms, but the degree of those allowances have been consistently debated. The United States of America are aligned by certain commonalities, but…

Crucifixion

While Jesus’ death seemed like a shocking defeat to his followers, the crucifixion of Christ was God’s plan all along. By studying the context of the event, we can understand what Jesus truly accomplished. Download Handout – 11 – Crucifixion Video Audio Fulfilled Prophecies “They have pierced my hands and feet” (Ps. 22:16) “Mourning for whom they have pierced” (Zech. 12:10) “Pierced hands and feet, no broken bones, cast lots for clothing” (Ps. 22:16-18) “Pierced for our transgressions” (Isa. 53:5)…

Associations

Jesus’ ministry was framed around his association with two critical groups of people: sinners and self-righteous. To understand these complex dynamics reveals the nature of Jesus’ approach. Download Handout – 10 – Associations Video Audio The Sinners Jesus was the easiest on the sinners and the toughest on the self-righteous. Jesus was often criticized for his association with sinners. While he was gracious and polite towards sinners, he also called for repentance. He was gracious but not soft (John 8:2-11).…

Disciples

Jesus’ calling of the disciples displayed the attribute of grace. When you look at this unique group of men he chose, there isn’t anything special about them. They weren’t obvious choices, and yet, they were Jesus’ choices. Due to that reason, they would develop into what Christ had called them to be. DOWNLOAD HANDOUT – 09 – Disciples Video Audio Reading Mark 3:13-19 Luke 6:12-16 Responsibilities Progression They started out as disciples. “Disciple” means “student” or “learner.” They became apostles.…

Ministry

Jesus’ ministry only lasted three years, but the effect of it has completely changed history. In studying the critical components of his ministry, we can better ascertain the purpose for which he came. Download Handout – 08 – Ministry Video Audio The Revelation of the Christ Teaching with Authority Jesus started his teaching ministry when he came to his hometown and was asked to read from the Scriptures (Luke 4:14-22). Jesus’ teaching was characterized as having authority (Matt 7:28-29), unlike…

Preparation

Between the birth of Jesus and the beginning of his ministry, little is known about his life. The gospel authors reported very sparse details, but what we do know provides great insight into his preparation for the ministry. Download Handout – 07 – Preparation Video Audio Notes Jesus’ Lost Years Jesus’ family flees to Egypt and later returns to Nazareth (Matt. 2:13-23). At age 12, Jesus talks with teachers in the temple (Luke 2:41-51). He grows in wisdom and stature,…

Incarnation

The New Testament begins with the incarnation of Jesus Christ. God came in the flesh to rescue us. Video Audio Notes Download Handout – 06 – Incarnation Incarnate comes from Latin and means “in the flesh” (in – in, carnis – flesh). Prophecy Jeremiah 23:5 – Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in…

The 4 Gospels

As we study the New Testament, we must unpack the reasoning and direction of the 4 Gospels. Download Handout – 05 – The 4 Gospels Video Audio

New Testament Overview

The New Testament is 27 books that tell 1 story. Learn how the New Testament was compiled and organized in order to observe the impact it has made. Download Handout – 04 – New Testament Overview Video Audio

Ask Pastor Trav [Episode 4]

In this Resurrection Sunday edition of Ask Pastor Trav, we engage one simple question: Can God be trusted during difficult times? To answer this question, Pastor Travis reads a writing he compiled called Jesus’ resume to remind us of his power, concern, and willingness. VIDEO AUDIO