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3 Years with Jesus

 

We are excited to share with you a vision for our community for the next three years to journey through the gospels together; exploring the life of Jesus and what it looks like for us to live in union with Christ and embracing the way of life Jesus has invited us into. We're calling it "3 Years with Jesus." The texts we will explore are based off of a Children's Curriculum that runs for three years. Our Student Ministries will be exploring these same texts and our Children's Ministry will engage these texts as well for a few months to see if it will align well with what they are hoping to accomplish. It is our hope that this will not just be a Sunday morning experience but will infiltrate our lives in the day to day activities of life - from reflecting on these texts alone throughout the day to conversing about them as friends, families and communities doing life together. The "teacher guide" for Year one of the curriculum mentioned above can be found here

If you are a parent of children up through the 5th grade, we encourage you to purchase this book and engage these lessons together with your children. Whether you have young children or not, we encourage you to read the weekly gospel text together regularly throughout the week and talk about what God is saying to each of you, ask questions, and dig deep into these stories and teachings of Jesus and ask questions in your families and friendships on how it is shaping and forming you personally and in your different regular activities throughout the week. We will be writing weekly discussion questions that can be used in faith communities and families alike. We are thrilled to be on this journey together!

 

Year 1

Fall 2017

Stories Jesus Told

  • September 10 – God Is Joyful Over You | Luke 15:8-10
  • September 17 – Don’t Give Up When You Pray | Luke 18:1-8
  • September 24 – Small Beginnings, Big Results | Matthew 13:31-33
  • October 1 – God Loves a Humble Heart | Luke 18:9-14
  • October 8 – Lost Sheep | Matthew 18:12-14

Miracles Jesus Did

  • October 15 – Jesus’ First Miracle | John 2:1-11
  • October 22 – Jesus Controls the Weather | Matthew 8:23-27
  • October 29 – Five Loaves and Two Fish | Luke 9:10-17
  • November 5 – Jesus Walks on the Water | Mark 6:45-52
  • November 12 – A Soldier’s Faith in Jesus | Matthew 8:5-13

Jesus’ Disciples Pt. 1

  • November 19 – Jesus’ First Disciples | Matthew 4:18-22
  • November 26 – Jesus Is a Friend of the Shunned | Matthew 9:9-13

Jesus’ Early Life | Advent 2017

  • December 3 – Jesus’ Birth | Matthew 1:18-25
  • December 10 – God Protects Jesus from the King | Matthew 2:1-12
  • December 17 – Jesus’ Life is in Danger | Matthew 2:13-15
  • December 24 – Jesus and His Family Come Back Home | Matthew 2:19-23
  • December 24 – Evening – Christmas Eve Service

Winter / Spring 2018

Jesus’ Disciples Pt. 2

  • December 31 – Philip and Nathanael | John 1:43-51
  • January 7 – A Story of Two Sisters | Luke 10:38-42

Sermon on the Mount

  • January 14 – Salt and Light | Matthew 5:13-16
  • January 21 – Just Be Truthful | Matthew 5:33-37
  • January 28 – An Eye for an Eye, and a Tooth for a Tooth | Matthew 5:38-42
  • February 4 – One Day at a Time | Matthew 6:25-34
  • February 11 – You Can Ask God Anything | Matthew 7:7-12

Lent 2018 | The End of Jesus’ Life & The Rest of the Story

  • February 14 – Ash Wednesday
  • February 18 – Jesus Rides into Jerusalem as King |Matthew 21:1-11
  • February 25 – A Fig Tree | Matthew 21:18-22
  • March 4 – Jesus Outsmarts the Religious Leaders | Matthew 21:23-27
  • March 11 – Jesus’ Crucifixion is Near | Matthew 26:1-13
  • March 18 – The King is on Trial | John 18:33-40
  • March 25 – The Crucifixion | John 19:17-27
  • March 30 – Good Friday | 
  • April 1 – Easter | Jesus is Alive Again | John 20:1-9

Opposition to Jesus

  • April 8 – Jesus is Tempted | Matthew 4:1-11
  • April 22 – Jesus’ Hometown Does Not Accept Him | Matthew 13:53-58
  • April 29 – Greater than Jonah and Solomon | Matthew 12:38-42
  • May 6 – Jesus’ Time Had Not Yet Come | John 7:25-31

Teachings of Jesus

  • May 13 – Jesus Prays for the Children | Matthew 19:13-15
  • May 20 – Jesus is the Light of the World | John 8:12
  • May 27 – Jesus Means Business | Matthew 8:18-22
  • June 3 – Jesus Gives Rest for the Weary | Matthew 11:28-30
  • June 10 – Jesus’ Mother and Brothers | Luke 8:19-21

Year 2

Fall 2018

Stories Jesus Told

  • September 9 – Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk | Matthew 21:28-32
  • September 16 – The Kingdom of God Grows on its Own No Matter What | Mark 4:26-29
  • September 23 – Everyone is Your Neighbor | Luke 10:30-37
  • September 30 – Don’t Stop Forgiving Others | Matthew 18:21-35
  • October 7 – God is Equally Gracious to All | Matthew 20:1-16

Miracles Jesus Did

  • October 14 – Kings Don’t Pay Taxes | Matthew 17:24-27
  • October 21 – Taking Jesus at His Word | John 4:46-54
  • October 28 – King Jesus Has Mercy on the Helpless | Luke 18:35-43
  • November 4 – The Faith of the Outsiders | Luke 17:11-19
  • November 11 – Jesus Actually Touches a Dead Girl and a Sick Woman | Matthew 9:18-26

Jesus’ Disciples Pt. 1

  • November 18 – Jesus is the Son of God | Matthew 16:13-20
  • November 25 – No One Has a Higher Rank in God’s Kingdom | Matthew 18:1-4

Jesus’ Early Life | Advent 2018

  • December 2 – God Is On the Move…Again | Luke 1:5-25
  • December 9 – The Coming of the King | Luke 1:26-38
  • December 16 – God Exalts the Humble | Luke 1:39-56
  • December 23 – God is About to Rescue Israel | Luke 1:57-80
  • December 24 – Christmas Eve

Winter / Spring 2019

Jesus’ Disciples Pt. 2

  • December 30 – Jesus Leaves No One Out | Mark 9:38-41
  • January 6 – Jesus’ Followers Are Servants, not Commanders | Mark 10:35-45

Teachings of Jesus

  • January 13 – God Love the Rich and the Poor the Same | Luke 14:7-14
  • January 20 – No One’s Sins Are Too Big for God to Forgive | Luke 7:36-50
  • January 27 – Jesus is the Shepherd Who Loves His Sheep | John 10:11-21
  • February 3 – Jesus is Greater Than Death | John 11:17-27
  • February 10 – Staying Connected to Jesus | John 15:1-8

Opposition to Jesus

  • February 17 –  Jesus Upsets a Synagogue Service | Luke 4:14-30
  • February 24 – A Clean Heart is Better Than Clean Food | Matthew 15:1-20
  • March 3 – Surrendering Our Lives to God Every Day | Matthew 16:21-26

Lent 2019 | The End of Jesus’ Life + The Rest of the Story

  • March 6 – Ash Wednesday
  • March 10 – Obey God More than Caesar | Matthew 22:15-22
  • March 17 – Jesus Introduces a New Exodus | Matthew 26:17-28
  • March 24 – Jesus Suffers and Prays Alone | Matthew 26:36-46
  • March 31 – Jesus Doesn’t Fight Back When Arrested | Matthew 26:47-56
  • April 7 – A Politician Condemns an Innocent Man | John 19:1-16
  • April 14 – The Death of Jesus Fulfills Scripture | John 19:28-37
  • April 19 – Good Friday | 
  • April 21 – Easter | Mary Magdalene Spreads the News | John 20:10-18

The Sermon on the Mount

  • April 28 – Give to the Needy Without Showing Off | Matthew 6:1-4
  • May 5 – You Cannot Serve God and Another | Matthew 6:19-24
  • May 12 – Be Honest with Yourself Before You Judge Others | Matthew 7:1-5
  • May 19 – Living a Disciplined Life | Matthew 7:13-14
  • May 26 – Bad Trees Always Bear Bad Fruit | Matthew 7:15-23

Year 3 

Fall 2019

Stories Jesus Told

  • September 8 – Bearing Good Fruit – The Parable of the Sower | Luke 8:1-15
  • September 15 – God Love to Give Good Gifts – The Lord’s Prayer and The Parable of the Persistent Friend | Luke 11:1-13
  • September 22 – Listen to god’s Word While you Can: The Rich Man and Lazarus | Luke 16:19-31
  • September 29 – Following Jesus into the Kingdom – The Parable of the Wedding Feast | Matthew 22:1-14

Miracles Jesus Did

  • October 6 – Making Wrong Things Right – Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind | John 9:1-12
  • October 13 – God Will Conquer Death – Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son | Luke 7:11-17
  • October 20 – Jesus Does Remarkable and Surprising Things – Healing Two | Luke 5:12-26
  • October 27 – Jesus is the Best Bread | John 6:1-59

Who is Jesus

  • November 3 – Jesus is the King of All People | Matthew 1:1-17
  • November 10 – Jesus is a Prophet | Luke 4:14-30
  • November 17 – Jesus is the Good Shepherd | John 10:1-18
  • November 24 – Staying Connected to the True Vine | John 15:1-11

Jesus’ Early Life | Advent 2019

  • December 1 – Luke 2:1-7*
  • December 8 – Shepherds Announce the Birth of the King | Luke 2:8-20
  • December 15 – Simeon | Luke 2:21-35*
  • December 22 – Anna | Luke 2:36-39*
  • December 24 – Christmas Eve

Winter / Spring 2020

Followers of Jesus

  • December 29 – Leaving Everything and Finding Even More: Jesus Calls His Disciples | Luke 5:1-11
  • January 5 – The First Must be Last | Mark 9:33-37
  • January 12 – The Sending of the Seventy-Two | Luke 10:1-24
  • January 19 – Jesus’ Friend Zacchaeus | Luke 19:11
  • January 26 – Mary Anoints Jesus with Costly Perfume | John 12:1-8
  • February 2 – Another Helper: The Holy Spirit | John 14:12-26

Teachings of Jesus

  • February 9 – God’s Generosity is More than Anyone Deserves | Luke 6:17-35
  • February 16 – You Can Ask God for What You Need | Luke 11:1-4
  • February 23 – Showing Kindness to Those Who Can’t Repay | Luke 14:7-24

Lent 2020 | Jesus’ Opponents / The End of Jesus’ Life

  • February 26 – Ash Wednesday
  • March 1 – “All In” – I’ll do something*
  • March 8 – The Real Meaning of God’s Law | Luke 11:37-53
  • March 15 – Jesus Cleanses the Temple | Mark 11:15-19
  • March 22 – Judas, the Betrayer | John 13:21-30
  • March 29 – Jesus’ Kingdom is Not of This World | John 18:28-19:16
  • April 5 – Jesus is Tried, Killed, and Buried | Luke 23:1-56
  • April 10 – Good Friday |
  • April 12 – Easter | And Their Eyes Were Opened – Emmaus Road | Luke 24:13-35

Kingdom Values and New Creation

  • April 19 – The First Day of God’s New Creation | John 20:1-18
  • April 26 – A Meal of Bread and Fish | John 21:1-19
  • May 3 – Two Little Parables | Matthew 13:44-46
  • May 10 – A Rich Young Man | Mark 10:17-31
  • May 17 – What a Real Gift Looks Like: The Widow’s Mite | Luke 20:45-21:4