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The Epic Bible Reading Plan(s)

Starting in January 2014, RENEW will be following the journey of the Scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation, tracking the Story of God and His people. We’re calling this series EPIC: following the Hero of God’s Story. How much more powerful and life-changing with the movement of God’s Spirit be in the RENEW family when we’re all reading God’s Word in our homes, embracing and embodying the grace and truth of Jesus our King!

Now for the plans …

Renew Men’s Reteat » Nov. 7th-8th

Join us for two days of brotherly bonding as we bask in the wonder of God’s creation at Creekside. Manly activities will abound (but you’ll have to attend to find out what!) and we will grow closer together as we grow closer to God. Come prepared to have fun, to eat, to pray, but most importantly, to connect to our Heavenly Father.

Renew will provide a late dinner on Friday, and Breakfast and lunch on Saturday. We’ll adjourn mid-afternoon. (About 21-hours total time away.)

RSVP here for the Renew Men’s Retreat (Nov. 7th-8th)

Jesus Speaks in Riddles? (‘He did not say anything to them without using a parable’)

10/19/14. Week 32 of EPIC: Following the Hero of God’s Story // We dive into Jesus’ teachings, and His parables in particular. Why did the Son of God come seemingly speaking in riddles? Were they simple object lessons to illustrate truth? (Then why did so many ask what He meant by this and that?) Or memorable moral lessons (a la the Velveteen Rabbit)? What was Jesus trying to say and why did He speak this way?

The parables are little puzzle-stories or wisdom scenes that reveal the Kingdom of God.

They’re designed by God to showcase their central truth to those who are willing to receive it. Are you eager to hear what God says to us?

The parables reveal the purpose of the Kingdom in God’s Epic Story.

Jeff Patterson preaching.

// Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 #EPIC

Jesus the Compassionate Healer

10/12/14. Week 31 of EPIC: Following the Hero of God’s Story // Jesus is everything. Sovereign God, compassionate High Priest, Author of Faith, maker of the stars, etc. He is everything theologically, but He is also everything personally. When the vanity of this world becomes apparent and we are left with nothing, we are overjoyed to lay hold of this truth.

He meets every need both practically and spiritually.

This passage (Luke 8:40-56) is a wonderful example of how Jesus meets needs on a very personal level. We see in the Gospels that every interaction Jesus has is specifically tailored to the individual. We all need the same salvation, but we are all broken in different ways, and restoration can take many different forms. By His grace, Jesus meets us where we are at and leads us to where we need to be.

Devlyn Kozol preaching.

// Luke 8:40-56 #EPIC

Desert Reign: Jesus Destroys the Works of the Devil

10/5/14. Week 30 of EPIC: Following the Hero of God’s Story // he Hero of God’s Epic Story is going public with His identity. But first, the Spirit drives Him to the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. Because Jesus came to destroy the works of the Devil, He must be tempted and tried along the path to triumph. Notice how the Evil One comes at Jesus with alluring temptations, all seemingly “good things.” Notice also the way in which the Son of Man responds: trusting God, feasting on His Word, relishing in His goodness.

Jesus refused to take any shortcuts to achieve and receive all God wanted for Him.

In His baptism Jesus identified Himself with you, and God identified Himself with Jesus. Here was a new man, a new Israel, a new king—a new start. That’s why the crafty serpent wanted to question His identity, as he questioned ours in the Garden, and yours wherever you are.

Jeff Patterson preaching.

// Luke 4:1-15; 1st John 2:15-17, 3:7-10 #EPIC

Jesus Christ the God-Man-Son

9/28/14. Week 29 of EPIC: Following the Hero of God’s Story // We resume the EPIC Story of God with the one snapshot we have of Jesus growing up as a kid. Jesus is about twelve when He stays behind at the temple to “be about My Father’s business” as He calls it, while His earthly parents ventured home. Fast-forward 18 years later when His Father validates His cause, saying “this is My Son in whom I am well pleased.” What’s the connection between these two significant events, and what makes Jesus such an amazing Son, both on earth and in heaven?

Jeff Patterson preaching.

// Luke 2:41-52; 3:21-23 #EPIC