historical jesus

Knowing Jesus Series by David Flowers

Hello CMF,

I'm excited to tell you about our new worship series beginning this Sunday!

Knowing Jesus -- A Worship Series for Saints & Sinners

In the fourth century AD the grassroots Jesus movement became an official religion. “Christianity” quickly became a dominant force in the Roman Empire, for good and for evil, taking to our faith a great deal that didn’t reflect Jesus’ life and teachings or the practice of the early apostolic churches.

There have been voices all throughout church history that have called us to repent of the things we’ve made it so that “knowing Jesus and making him known” might be at the center of our lives and the fuel of our faith. In its purest form, this is what it means to be an “evangelical” Christian.

In this six-part worship series, we will look at some of the challenges we face today in making Christ central and supreme in our lives and in our church. Saints and sinners alike will be invited to encounter the real Jesus of history and of faith in order to discover the abundant life he promised.

Knowing Jesus invites us to consider what it actually means to have a “personal relationship” with Christ—moving beyond our knowledge about him to personally experiencing Jesus by abiding in him. What does it mean to follow Jesus this way? How is it that all of the Christian life flows out of this?

Join us October 11th – November 15th for a series that goes to the heart of our faith.

See you on Sunday for the first message, Nothing Greater Than Jesus.

Grace & Peace,
Pastor David

Life of Jesus Study by David Flowers

Hello CMF,

I wanted to let you know that this Sunday I will begin leading our adult Sunday School class in a 7-week study on the Life of Jesus: Who He Is and Why He Matters.

We will be using video and material from scholar, John Dickson.

John Dickson (PhD) is the co-director of Centre for Public Christianity, an independent research and media organization promoting the public understanding of the Christian faith. With a degree in theology (Moore Theological College, Sydney) and a doctorate in ancient history (Macquarie University, Sydney), he is a senior research fellow of the Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University, where he teaches courses on Christian origins and the world religions.

Life of Jesus explores what is known about the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus in the context of first-century Palestine. In this wonderful visual journey filmed on location in Israel, Dickson explores the world of the historical Jesus of Nazareth.

Learn how the Gospels in the New Testament are entirely set apart from all other works of antiquity.

Dickson’s presentation is powerful proof that there simply are no rivals to biblical scholarship. The case for Jesus has never been stronger than it is today.

Unlike other sacred writings making truth claims, the Gospels are not merely a collection of proverbial adages. Instead, they are biographical portraits of Jesus rooted in human history. And the historical background that Dickson sets forth brings the Gospel narratives to life.

Watch this short preview to the Life of Jesus study.

This series is for the disciple, as well as the skeptic. I hope you will join us for the Life of Jesus and the discussion to follow each video segment. See you Sunday at 9:30 AM!

Blessings,
Pastor David