“Turning Point”- WNBS Outline, Dr. Cynthia James

  An Authentic Life I. Introduction Questions of behavior and issues of vision arise continually in Scripture. It is important to gain an appreciation of the themes and perspectives of biblical authors when it comes to Christian conduct. II. COVENANT An established bond between Yahweh and Abraham, continuing through the time of Moses at Sinai.…

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“Push Back to Give Back”- Dr. Cynthia James

Our efforts are merely responses to what the Lord has done by his grace.  We mature as believers from the perspective that it is divine initiative, which is responsible for our best efforts.  Schnachenburg says it best, “Jesus’ preaching was both a proclamation and a warning, an announcement of a divine act and a demand…

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“Turning Point, The Lord’s Table” Dr. Cynthia James

The imperative that comes from the ritual of the Lord’s Table is that the life of Christ challenges us to be and to do more.  Specifically, we are prompted to be more forgiving, more loving, more sharing, and overall more available to others. Communion sends an announcement to the world of what kind of community…

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“Prototype of an Outcast” -Dr. Cynthia James

It’s amazing how we lock-in and hear familiar Scriptures the way we’ve heard them regardless of what alternative nuances the text may imply.  We’re calling this series “Tracing Jesus”. The texts have been selected to offer a menu of Scriptural delicacies. Specifically, instead of “Comfort Food” we are dining on “Comfort Scriptures”, familiar texts viewed…

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Tracing Jesus: “Reach Beyond Your Issue” Dr. Cynthia James

It is no surprise to us that every community and culture has its own way of framing the Scripture in order to apply it to their own times.   Some cultures interpret living out the Christian Faith as a communal enterprise. Others view the Scriptures from the endowments of the Enlightenment Period and give heavy weight…

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