Prince of Peace

Date: 12.24.2017

Speaker: Jason Dickinson

The peace that Jesus brings is not only the absence of conflict but the presence of completeness.

Everlasting Father

Date: 12.10.2017

Speaker: Jason Dickinson

Of the four titles for Jesus in Isaiah 9:6 this one is likely the most difficult to think through. It may be difficult for us at first to think about Jesus as Father especially since we know the title is not stating that Jesus is the same as the first person of the Trinity – God the Father. In doing the will of his Father, though, Jesus does display many of the same character qualities of a loving father. With the character of a father, Isaiah states Messiah will also have the quality of Everlasting. In an ever-rapidly changing world, this understanding brings stability and comfort. In essence, we find that while in the midst of a cruel and changing world, Jesus loves like a father. . . forever.

Mighty God

Date: 12.03.2017

Speaker: Jason Dickinson

Names mean something. In the times and cultures of the Bible, names went beyond serving as a way to identify someone to serving as a way to understand the character of someone. God, through Isaiah, described Jesus as the Mighty God. This title would have brought to mind two very significant thoughts about Jesus. First, that Jesus is God. The second is that he is mighty –  a hero able to save. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Jesus is called Mighty God not only because of who he is, but also because of what he has done.

Wonderful Counselor

Date: 11.26.2017

Speaker: Jason Dickinson

Failure is not an option; however, for many of us it is a reality. There are areas of our lives we wish we could do over. In chapter three Jonah gets a do-over. God calls him again, not to a different task, but to the same one in which he failed earlier. Jonah had returned to God in the belly of a fish, and now it is time for Jonah to return to mission. This passage shows us for the sake of the gospel, God offers new life and new mission. Specifically for Jonah, this mission was to warn the Ninevites of impending doom. For Christians today, that mission includes leveraging all of our lives for the sake of the gospel and making disciples.