gospel of luke

Who's In Charge Around Here?

Today's message comes from Luke 2:1-7, the first part of what is commonly known as the Christmas story. I broke up the story into two parts because there's a specific contrast here between the great king, Caesar Augustus, and the one true king, Jesus, who ends this scene as a helpless baby sleeping in a feeding trough. Which one of these kings will you trust? Will you trust in Jesus, even in those moments when he doesn't seem to be in control? Or will you trust in some other king - another person or even yourself?

Here are the questions we created for groups to walk through and talk about - based on the sermon but not entirely dependent upon the sermon. If you're not in a group, feel free to use these but I can't stress enough how critical it is for you to plug into the life of a group of people. For more information about our community groups, contact us at info@missionathens.com.

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Time for Men To Grow Up

Towards the end of today's message, I'm going to take some time to talk to our men about the culture of spiritual adolescence that pervades life in the American South. We have the opportunity to see our families and city transformed by grace - and the Scriptures call men to take the lead in working towards that end. I'd love for you to join me in asking God to give the men in our church everything they need to live and lead this way Here are the questions we created for groups to walk through and talk about - based on the sermon but not entirely dependent upon the sermon. If you're not in a group, feel free to use these but I can't stress enough how critical it is for you to plug into the life of a group of people. For more information about our community groups, contact us at info@missionathens.com.

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He Will Break Into Your Silence

I'm still processing yesterday's sermon from Luke 1:57-66. I can't tell you how many people I know - in our church and in our city - whose story has chapters in the past where faith felt strong and Jesus seemed to matter. But now...? But now you feel lifeless, stagnant, like someone hit a great big cosmic pause button. You're not alone. God knows that and he's not done with you yet. That's why Zechariah's story shows up in the Scriptures - to convince you that your failure and futility do not define you.

He is faithful. He will break into your silence and leave you singing of his greatness and grace.

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