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Follow Me: The Teachings of Jesus

Come along with us as we follow Jesus and take his teachings to heart during a few of his encounters with people during his time here in our world.

♦  This Was Not the Plan! - Luke 5:1-11
♦  How Can We Choose? - Luke 6:17-26
♦  Depth of Field: Luke 9:28-36


Follow Me: The Teachings of Jesus
Living as the Body of Christ

Living as the Body of Christ

Paul calls the church the Body of Christ, but what does that mean?  How are we to collectively live our lives so that we are seen as reflections of Christ?  Come along with us as we examine what it means to live life as the church - the Body of Christ!

♦  Showing Up: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
♦  Neediness: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
♦  Love Again: 1 Corinthians 13


Christmas Through Their Eyes

Each year we hear the familiar story of the Messiah's birth, often through the eyes of the main characters.  But what about those in the background?  How did they view the events that took place on that first Christmas?  Walk with us to Bethlehem as we dig deeper into the Christmas story through the eyes of some of these background characters!

♦  The Prophets: Jeremiah 33:14-16
♦  Family Relations: Luke 1:5-25
♦  New Hope & Retreat UMC Sunday School Christmas Program
♦  Westby UMC Sunday School Christmas Program
♦  Mary: Micah 5:2-5, Luke 1:26-56


Christmas Through Their Eyes
The Spirit Within

The Spirit Within

When we accept Christ into our lives and become baptized in the Holy Spirit, part of God's Holy Spirit comes and resides within us.  It empowers us for the journey ahead and aids us in our times of trouble.  Yet there are times when we may doubt that He is there.  How can we be sure the Holy Spirit is actually in us?  What are the signs/symptoms?  Journey with us and discover several attributes of God's Holy Spirit and how we show these in our lives.

♦  Spirit of Gratitude: Colossians 3:15-17
♦  Spirit of Faithfulness: Hebrews 11:1-3,39-40
♦  Spirit of Generosity: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
♦  Spirit of Discipline: Matthew 7:13-14, James 1:1-4, 12-15
♦  Spirit of Humility: Revelation 1:4b-8, John 18:33-37


What We Believe as United Methodists

Christians believe in the love of Jesus Christ that reaches out to all creation. Christians are called to serve wherever Christ would have us work to heal and free others through the power of the Holy Spirit. In this, United Methodists are like most other Christian denominations. But there are also a few ways we express our faith that is distinctive from others.

 Through this series, we will explore what we believe not just as Christians, but more specifically, what we believe as United Methodists. We have a wonderful heritage in Methodism. Explore with us.

♦  Dressed for Success: Ephesians 6:10-20
♦  Means of Grace: Ephesians 2:1-10
♦  Three Simple Rules: 3 John & Galatians 5:13-14
♦  Social Holiness: Micah 6:6-9 NIV
♦  Two Promises: Matthew 26:26-30, Matthew 28:15-20
♦  Moving Toward Perfection: Philippians 3:12-16

The Word You Need to Hear!

The Bible is filled with wonderful scripture filled with lessons that God wants to teach us.  And we all have questions about them!  What piece of scripture has been weighing on your heart lately?  What passage do you want more explanation on?  Our congregations were asked these questions and submitted the scripture passages that they wanted to hear more about.  Join us in this sermon series as we explore these passages and discover what they hold for our lives!

Where are we going?

Have you ever gone on a journey that did not change you?  Maybe it wasn’t a big change, but every journey that we go on changes us at least a little bit. When we go on a journey we see things and hear things that are new to us, and they change us.

During this sermon series, we’re going to go on a journey with some Biblical heroes and find out how their lives changed because they answered Gods call and followed Him. Are you ready for a journey?

God Gives Second Chances

Examining Jonah

♦  Jonah, What Were You Thinking? - Jonah 1 (currently unavailable)
♦  Jonah, Jonah, Don't Lie to God! - Jonah 2
♦  Second Chances - Jonah 3
♦  Be What You Believe - Jonah 3 & 4

Life is full of questions.  Many, many questions.  But questions are good… they make you think.  As we walk through the Bible, we’re often presented with many deep questions… and very seldom does the Bible give us easy answers.  God wants us to realize that nothing in life is black and white, so He gives us a lot of gray in the Bible.

Take the story of Jonah… the cute little story about the little guy who gets swallowed up by the whale. As kids we think about Jonah wandering around in the belly. What would he find? Did he see the ribs of the whale? Was there water in the belly of the whale? Did Jonah find undigested fish in the belly? Ewwh!!

As we get older though our questions change.

Was being swallowed by the whale a punishment?  Did the whale want to eat Jonah, or save him?  What was Jonah running from?  What does the story of Jonah have in common with Jesus and the events of Holy Week?  Why did the whale finally spit Jonah out?  Why did Jonah get mad at God?  Who are the Ninevehites of today?  Who is Jonah today?  What was Jonah’s real job that God wanted him to do?  What is God really telling us in the Book of Jonah? What is he asking us?

In this series, we’re studying the book of Jonah.  We encourage you to read along with us and coming up with your own questions.  Once you have a question, write it down and search for an answer!