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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 …

Take Heart: I Have Overcome the World

11/2/14. Week 34 of EPIC: Following the Hero of God’s Story // Before the Hero of God’s Epic Story went to the cross He told His disciples to “take heart” (John 16:33) because He had overcome the world. Yet, when Jesus suffered, was tried, and crucified it seemed like God had forsaken His Son, forgotten all His promises. The disciples scattered while fear took root in their hearts.

Fast forward to that Sunday when no one could find Jesus, for He had risen from the dead! The Risen Christ sought out His disciples and reassured them of God’s plan. That while in this world they would face many trials, Jesus was with them — by the presence of the Spirit of God — and would return for them. Indeed they would be better off without Jesus.

Jeff Patterson preaching.

// John 14-16; Luke 24 #EPIC

Jesus: The Epic Gospel of the Cross

10/26/14. Week 33 of EPIC: Following the Hero of God’s Story // We’ve considered what Jesus has done (miracles!) and what He’s said (parables about the Kingdom of God). Now we turn our attention to why He came. For that we let the Son of God define His mission as the Son of Man.

Up until this point Jesus has welcomed any and all questions. (Imagine the Creator answering whatever is on your mind.) But then Jesus turns up the head and flips the script: He starts asking the questions. Here’s what He wants to know …

The Cross is the central event in the Epic Story of God

Jeff Patterson preaching.

// Luke 9:18-27 #EPIC

Renew Mens Weekend » 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