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A Disciples Path is an engaging approach to discipleship from a distinctly Wesleyan perspective. This worship and preaching series will challenge you to take the next step in discipleship and become a more dynamic, engaged followers of Jesus.
Has it ever dawned on you that nothing has ever dawned on God? He knew before the world began that His people would face hardship, so He gave us His Word. The Book of Ephesians is a survival manual—it equips believers to thrive in a world that hates the message of Jesus Christ. Paul the Apostle writes to encourage believers to live well—we’ve been lifted from the graveyard of sin and called to shout the gospel into the darkened world.
Join Leonia Church this summer as we walk through the powerful words of Paul. We’ll dig into the text of Ephesians verse-by-verse and challenge one another to live out the gospel. If the people of your city, of your school, of your family are going to experience the gospel, it’s going to be through you. Encounter Ephesians, and get swept up into the story of Jesus.
Everyone’s talking about community. Everyone seems to want it. Most complain if they don’t find it, but it’s harder to pull off than you’d think. God’s ways are natural, but they aren’t easy – especially at first. New ways of life must be formed in us through hours, days, and years of intentional practice. And, though God’s ways are also simple, it can take some serious time in prayer and a good hard look at scripture to discern them.
Join us in August for a new sermon series: “Three Questions… No One Asks Aloud.” Taking inspiration from Philip Yancey’s book, Disappointment with God, we will explore the odd disparity between our concept of God and the realities of life. How can God be so hungry for relationship with us and yet seem so distant? Why, if God cares for us, do bad things happen? What can we expect from God after all?
In September, Leonia Church will embark on “The Year of Loving Our Neighbor.” Our goal is to seriously reconsider the second of the great commandments, the commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Who is our neighbor? What does it mean to love our neighbor? If this is the second most important thing that Jesus wants us to do, how can we be intentional about doing it, and how can we do it better? During “The Year of Loving Our Neighbor,” Leonia Church will emphasize very small, simple steps every Christian… every child of God… can take to love others in concrete ways that demonstrate the love of God and reveal Jesus Christ.
To lay a foundation and get us started on the journey, Pastor David will preach a series called “FLESH: Bringing the Incarnation Down to Earth” based on the book of the same title by Hugh Halter. The point of the series is to think about how Jesus is the incarnation of God – God made human – and how, after his ascension, the Church is now to be the Body of Christ – a new incarnation.
The Assurance of Faith
Beyond the Shadows of Doubt and Disappointment
Do you have significant doubts about God? Are you afraid to doubt, much less admit to anyone that you aren’t fully convinced of God’s faithfulness? Are you so torn by your questions that life is losing its meaning?
In this forthright but compassionate sermon series, we will work to tear away the layers of misunderstanding about doubt to reveal not only its dangers but its great value.
In Christ we have salvation as a gift of grace. But what is our responsibility? Maybe you’re confused about the various requirements different Christians say accompany being a follower of Christ. Galatians raises questions of law: What rules should a Christian follow? Are we exempt through Christ?
These sermons from Galatians help us understand what God–not others–requires of his followers and how we can live out our faith in both obedience and freedom.
Join us on Sunday this advent as we explore four components of deep and satisfying community… Holy Spirit-filled community… community worthy of Jesus.
For six weeks this summer, Pastor David Wehrle and Seminary Intern Sung Woo Lee will lead Leonia United Methodist Church in an exploration of evangelism – regarded by many mainline Protestants as the dreaded “E-word.” This preaching series will take a deeper look at the Lilly Endowment study findings found in the book by Martha Grace Reese.
Evangelism books generally presume everyone wants to do evangelism, so they tell you how to do it. Four years of Lilly Endowment-funded research has demonstrated conclusively that most people would rather go get a root canal than think about evangelism!
JOIN US FOR A JOURNEY THROUGH THE STORY IN 2014!
The Story is a book of selections from the Bible, arranged chronologically, that reads like a novel. During this unique 31-week experience, you will have an opportunity to read The Story. Each week, you will have an opportunity to hear Pastor David preach from the chapter of the story that you have just read. In your small group, you will have the opportunity to share and discuss The Story with friends. Come discover together with us how our story is found in God’s story!
The Book of Revelation… This book has long been seen as the most confusing and controversial book of the Bible. Throughout May and June, we will dedicate our sermon series to taking a good look at Revelation. We will start out learning how to read and interpret apocalyptic literature and symbols. But, we will quickly move into studying the Book of Revelation itself and learn that it is a book for TODAY! In fact, it is our hope that you will discover that Revelation is a positive book of praise and worship that tells a story of victory and life in Jesus Christ.
This April, Leonia United Methodist Church will challenge Jesus followers to a life of faith, balance, and purpose. Operating on the principle that following Jesus begins with self-leadership, the D.R.I.V.E. worship series and small groups will outline five crucial disciplines:
The Bible -it’s the greatest book ever written, and this spring it will come to life with The Bible 30 Day Church Experience, based on the epic TV miniseries, The Bible. The Bible brings to life the stories and characters from throughout the Bible, Genesis through Revelation.
The Bible is an epic five-week, 10 hour television miniseries premiering March 3, 2013 on the History Channel from Emmy Award winning husband and wife team, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. Each week the History Channel will show episodes on Sunday and Wednesday nights. Lifetime will also show episodes on Monday nights. Check your local TV schedule for times.
The Bible 30-Day Church Experience uses a combination of scripture passages and stunning video clips from this new miniseries to show the scarlet thread of God’s redemption through Jesus in an inspiring and thought provoking way. You won’t want to miss it!
Whether you have it all figured out, you are a Christian with questions, or just a skeptic, I hope you’ll join us for our next preaching series: “The God Questions.” This is a series in which we’ll explore some basic questions of Christian Apologetics – the philosophy behind why we believe what we do. Don’t worry, we’ll keep it down-to-earth, Biblical and relevant.
The questions we’ll explore:
Is God Real?
Is the Bible true?
Do all roads lead to heaven?
How do a suffering and a good God go together?
What do other religions believe?
What happens when I die?
Our churchwide emphasis Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity is nearing its conclusion. Last week, we talked about “Cultivating Contentment.” In our small groups and our corporate worship, we addressed head-on our human tendency to accumulate possessions and wealth, and we discovered how to consciously change our ways. If you were unable to be with us, be sure to ask for your contentment key tag, which was distributed to the congregation.
This Sunday brings our final topic in the series: “Defined by Generosity.” What defines your life? Is it wealth? Belongings? Faith? Many of us live with a scarcity mentality, worried that we must gather and hoard as much as possible, saving for some imagined “rainy day.” Or we focus on self-gratification. But the Bible promises both God’s blessings and joy for those who choose to live another way. During the service we will be challenged to take action to change our lives by setting five specific personal goals to work toward over the next year. We will also consecrate our gifts to the ministry of our church for the coming year.