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For three years, he was one of Jesus’ best friends.

He watched him in his best and worst moments. After Jesus left earth, he was left with one inescapable conclusion about Jesus’ identity. He sat down and wrote what he had seen and heard. His account has been handed down for generations as one of the finest first-hand accounts of Jesus’ life. This spring, we’ll read 11 of his stories about Jesus, and you may find yourself changed by what you hear.

Recommended Resource

The Jesus I Never Knew

By Philip Yancey

In The Jesus I Never Knew, Philip Yancey reveals the real Jesus beyond the stereotypes, offering a new and different perspective on the life of Christ and his work—his teaching, his miracles, his death and resurrection—and ultimately, who he was and why he came. Relating the gospel events to the world we live in today, The Jesus I Never Knew gives a moving and refreshing portrait of the central figure of history.

With a willingness to tackle difficult questions, Yancey looks at the radical words of this itinerant Jewish carpenter and asks whether we are taking him seriously enough in our own day and age. From the manger in Bethlehem to the cross in Jerusalem, Yancey presents a complex character who generates questions as well as answers; a disturbing and exhilarating Jesus who wants to radically transform your life and stretch your faith; and a Jesus who is brilliant, creative, challenging, fearless, compassionate, unpredictable, and ultimately satisfying.

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Week 1:

We are often curious about famous people. What are they really like? There’s an entire industry that snaps their pictures
and tells their stories. Many of us have the same curiosity about God.Some think he’s elusive and distant, others think he’s harsh and angry,
others think he’s personal and loving. Who is right? Let’s learn about the true heart of God from one of Jesus’ closest friends.

Week 2: Baptized by the Baptizer

 When we meet someone for the first time we likely form a first impression. Our responses become based on these impressions. What if we could encounter God today what might be our impressions? How might we respond? Let’s learn from one of Jesus’ closest friends about how Jesus was received and consider our response to him today! 

Week 3: Power Revealed

Have you ever thought: God doesn’t have time for that. But what if our little problems are of great concern to him? Join us Sunday to hear about the time Jesus went to a party, had fun with his friends, and helped solve a little problem that was a big deal to his mom. It may bolster your faith in a God who cares about the big and little things in our lives.

Week 4: The Madman

 

Week 5: Midnight Interview

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit down and have
coffee with Jesus? What would you do if you had that chance, what would you ask? Early in
Jesus’ ministry one of the Pharisees had that opportunity. Let’s look at his questions and
Jesus’ response. What could happen if we set aside barriers and simply came to Jesus?

Week 6: He Must Increase

 

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