Introduction to the New Sermon Series: Jesus is Better > The Book of Hebrews

This morning we began a new sermon series we’ve titled Jesus is Better – The Book of Hebrews.

You can catch the replay here.

Sermon notes:

We’re naming this series “Jesus is better,” because He is…

God is not who the serpent would have us believe. He is not hiding something from us. In fact, He made everyone and everything in order to make Himself known.

He sent His Son into the world to die for our sins. In that alone we see so much of what He is like.

And Jesus rose again…

And all our big questions about what God is like and what His intentions are –
those questions that stem from confusion and suspicion…

Jesus is the Answer to them all.

That is what we will unfold throughout our time in Hebrews. It’s pretty deep and wide and dense, but it is packed with the good news that Jesus is the Answer from eternity past and into eternity future…

Jesus is better.

He is greater than angels.
Greater than Moses
Greater than the priests, and the temple, and the law.

We’ll see that His oath is better than any commitment we could make or break.

And His Word is better than whatever the enemy could speak – better than whatever we would speak for ourselves.

Spring 2023 Practices


1/29-2/4: Practice 1: The Reframing Story

ReFrame aims to help you live out faith in everyday life, encouraging you to encounter Jesus afresh and allowing his story to shape your own. This first session explores how a fragmented and complex world can tempt Christians to either withdraw from or assimilate to the culture around them. However, the true story of Jesus enables Christians to resist these temptations and live integrated and faithful lives.


2/5-2/11:  Practice 2: Cultural Stories

As Christians, the story of Scripture and the person of Jesus shape the whole of who we are. Still, we often experience tensions within our culture that provide alternate answers to this question. We are told we must choose who we want to be rather than receive our identity as a gift given by God. This session discusses some of the ways our culture shapes us and why this so often leads to a crisis of identity.
2/26-3/4: Practice 3: Creation & Fall

This session starts at the beginning with the account of the creation and fall. Genesis tells us why God created the world and humanity and his purposes for both. God’s creation was good, but this goodness was catastrophically marred through the fall. Nevertheless, as image-bearers of God, we are called to cultivate this original goodness in our relationships with God, others, and creation.


3/5-3/11:  Practice 4: Israel’s Calling

This session focuses on God’s faithfulness to the people of Israel and how Israel’s story is part of our family history as Christians. The story of Israel helps us see how our faith makes a difference in a complex and messy world. We learn that God calls ordinary people to trust him and blesses them so they might be a blessing to others. God is with us in our failures and our faithfulness, and he continues to work through us to redeem this broken world.


3/19-3/25: Practice 5: Jesus is King

This session focuses on Jesus Christ as the climax of the story and the fulfillment of all the Old Testament scriptures. He is the true image of God, the true Israelite, who redeems humanity through his person, work, and words. Jesus is both Saviour and Lord, and his redemptive work affects everything. This gives meaning to all of life and culture, including our ordinary activities. The gospel is therefore more than personal salvation; it is the invitation to participate in a renewed life for a renewed world.


4/16-4/22:  Practice 6: New Heavens & New Earth

This session looks at how God promises to transform all of creation in the new heavens and new earth through the resurrection of Christ. As citizens of this promise, Christians are called to live as a sign, a holy foretaste of this final act of redemption.


4/30-5/6: Practice 7: The Church & The Spirit

How do we enter into the story? In this final session about the Scriptural story we see how God gives the Holy Spirit to empower the church at Pentecost. It is not enough to simply know the story; we must also livethe story. The Holy Spirit empowers us to participate in the story and God’s work of redemption in the world.



Spring 2023 Missional Community Calendar

Emphasis: Becoming Like Jesus

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1/1-1/7:  No MC Gathering (New Years)

1/8-1/14:  Hangout + Dinner

1/15-1/21: Spring Calendaring + Hangout

1/22-1/28:  Church Wide Annual Family Dinner (No MC Gathering)

1/29-2/4: Practice 1: The Reframing Story

2/5-2/11:  Practice 2: Cultural Stories

2/12-2/18:  MC Super Bowl Parties

2/19-2/25: MC Optional (President’s Day)

2/26-3/4: Practice 3: Creation & Fall

3/5-3/11:  Practice 4: Israel’s Calling

3/12-3/18: Recreation/Outing

3/19-3/25: Practice 5: Jesus is King

3/26-4/1: Dinner + Hangout

4/2-4/8: MC Off (Masters Week)

4/9-4/15:  MC Optional (Easter)

4/16-4/22:  Practice 6: New Heavens & New Earth

4/23-4/29: Hangout + Dinner

4/30-5/6: Practice 7: The Church & The Spirit (5/6 Handmade Fair)

PRACTICE WEEKS: Weeks labeled “Practice” Will consist of video-driven discussion and a take-home prompt. Some groups arrange childcare for these weeks. This Spring each group will be going through “Reframe”:  (1) The Reframing Story; (2) Cultural Stories; (3) Creation & Fall; (4) Israel’s Calling;

MC OPTIONAL WEEKS: Typically groups will work together at the beginning of a season to determine which of the “Optional” dates makes sense for their group.