Like some of his original listeners, people today find Jesus’ sayings hard. Some sayings are “hard” because they are difficult to understand. Others are “hard” because the demands they make on our lives are only too clear.
Join the people of Jericho Ridge this fall as we clear away cultural and historical difficulties which keep us from grappling with the real challenge of Jesus’ message.
Conversation around topics of human sexuality, marriage, and relationships have become somewhat flippant in our culture. In this series, we will be looking at these issues through the lens of the Old Testament book the Song of Songs (or the Song of Solomon) as we learn more about the importance of sacrifice, love, intimacy, and honor within relationships.
Fear seems to be a chronic part of the human condition in our world today. Yet often what we worry about reveals a part of our lives that we don't fully trust God with. Maybe we don't trust God with our future, or we don't fully trust that God will provide for us in the difficult seasons of life.
Perhaps that is why we are repeatedly admonished in the Scriptures not to be afraid. In this series, we'll explore what it means to take our fears and surrender them to God. To grow our faith that God can better care for the things close to our hearts than we can.
The book of Revelation is often viewed as bizarre and impenetrable for the modern reader. It’s been misused by some to create elaborate apocalyptic timelines or neglected by others as too bleak and violent. But the final chapters of the Bible provide perhaps the most vivid vision of God’s redeeming purposes for the whole of creation. Join us as we press in past the strange images to find out how evil is being challenged and overcome through the victory of Jesus and how can we become participants in the unfolding drama of persevering faith, courageous hope and costly love.
The prophet Elijah is one of the most interesting and colorful characters in the Bible. God used him during an important time in Israel’s history to oppose a wicked king & queen and bring revival to the land. But Elijah’s life was filled with turmoil. At times he was bold and decisive, and at other times fearful and tentative. Elijah knew both the power of God and the depths of depression.
The Bible says, "Elijah was as human as we are" (James 5:17) and yet he exercised bold faith. We learn through his life story that even with all our human foibles & frailties, God can still work powerfully in and through us.
The story of Scripture is the story of the God's kingdom. Yet if you were asked to describe the shape of Kingdom of God, could you do it? Despite how much Christians talk about the "kingdom", defining it is actually harder than you might expect! In this teaching series, we explore the places in the Bible where this curious phrase shows up and the principles that the Kingdom of God runs on. You may just find yourself caught up in the Story!
Most Christians would say that prayer is of vital importance yet many of our prayers are tedious and boring. Effective prayer requires both a compelling purpose (WHY am I praying?) and also effective direction (HOW should I pray?). Thankfully, Jesus gives us both in a simple but compelling pattern known as The Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). Join us for this compelling and practical teaching series where you'll learn 7 petitions that will help you move past inertia to achieve a more vital and effective prayer life in 2017.
Advent is a season of preparing our hearts to celebrate the coming of Jesus at Christmas. But who exactly are we preparing to receive? This year at Jericho, we are focusing on the five characteristics of Jesus prophetically declared in Isaiah 9:6... Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. As you get to know who Jesus is, you begin see why the focus at Christmas so often turns to wonder and joy.
So much of the teaching in the church today on Spiritual Gifts is either too rigid or too flaky. Time is wasted either forcing the Apostle Paul to answer questions he never intended to address or curbing excessive abuses. In this series, we attempt to stir up and unleash a broad concept of giftedness - not as a personal or individualistic thing but rather in community, for the community. After all, a gift isn’t intended to be kept to yourself!
What is true wisdom and how do you acquire it? Regardless of your age or background, this family-friendly summer teaching series in I Kings & Proverbs will explore the life of Solomon for answers to the questions wise people have been asking for centuries.
"But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23) But how do we actually grow these 9 things in our lives?