The resurrection of Jesus shows us that God can do the impossible. But when he just died and we haven’t checked the tomb yet, life can seem pretty bleak. This series will look at the resurrection stories in John’s gospel as we seek to run down hope.
All around us are opportunities for pleasure and pain, choices that are healthy vs. unhealthy, leading to life or death. But things are not always as they seem. Under a nice juicy worm often lies a hook.
The holidays aren’t happy for everyone. Those who grew up in dysfunctional families or have experienced estrangement from loved ones often find December to be one of the loneliest times of the year. Our broken world characterized by despair, stress, apathy, and sadness is exactly what Jesus was born into. He invites us into a new kind of Christmas full of Hope, Peace, Love, and Joy.
Cliches are simple and sticky. They can be annoying and life-saving. In the rooms of recovery, cliches are posted on the wall and etched into the memories of all seeking a new way of life. These sticky sayings have emerged from ancient wisdom and each can be found in the biblical story of Job. At Jacob’s Well we believe that rehabilitation isn’t just for addicts.
Memphis is a city divided between rich and poor, black and white, religious and secular. At Jacob’s Well we seek to bridge these gaps, so join us on Saturday nights and don’t miss the Overnight Retreat on October 16-18 where we’ll dive deep into the realities and solutions towards becoming gap bridgers.
Feeling like your drowning? We are surrounded by a sea of pressures and stressors that can overwhelm and bring us to our bottom. We cry out the words of Psalm 69, “Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck,” while the world tells us to sink or swim. The story of Jonah serves as a life preserver offering hope and strength.
The way not to waste your life is to live life today. Be grateful with what you have. Love the one you’re with. If you need something, pray about it and do something about it. Living just for today relieves the burden of the past and the fear of the future. The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Neihbur has helped millions of people around the globe to live with this 24-hour mindset and experience peace. Join us during this series as we reflect line by line through this powerful prayer.
Stressed out. . stuck in a rut. . .overworked? Doing the same thing and expecting different results? You might you be burned out and you’re not alone. In our never-enough society and surrounded by a sea of needs burnout happens every day in life, work, and ministry. But there is hope to find strength, community, and One who is unburnt and can teach us how not to burn out.
The presence of God. What is it? Where can it be found? How can we get it? In Exodus 33-34 God reveals his presence and Moses realizes he can’t live without it. Today some people have “it” and some people don’t. Some churches strive for and pray for “it” and some don’t. Do you have it? Did you lose it? Do you want it back?
We all live by a set of rules. When we rebel against one rule, we resort to following another. What if we rebelled against the rules of individualism and self-centeredness by submitting to community and commandments from a God who loves us more than we love ourselves?
In the midst of our bitterness and resentment the gospel brings joy and reconciliation. As we seek to quench our hunger and thirst with earthly things that will never satisfy, the gospel of Jesus fulfills our every need. We overwork and burn out in our pursuit of purpose while the gospel gives rest to the weary and a yoke easy and light.
Pain is a big motivator for change but we have to decide when we’ve had enough discomfort to gain the courage to seek a solution. Hitting Bottom is a choice. We can get off the elevator at any floor we choose, or keep going down into destruction and death. The plagues in Ancient Egypt and in Revelation illustrate this downward journey and invite us into an amazing alternative. The good news of the gospel is that God’s love trumps human sin and through the tragedy and horror of the cross God made a way for us to be free from the insanity of slavery to sin and judgment.
Obedience and Disobedience, is it really that black and white? Should I believe in a God who dangles his children over a fiery furnace compelling them to obey his rules? Or is there another way of understanding right and wrong?
Some of us were raised in a home where disobedience wasn’t a viable option. We were sheltered into a closet or beaten to a pulp, the world was viewed as evil, and the bible was shoved down our throats. Many of us have rebelled and turned against any form of rules and authority yet are still unsatisfied until we find G.O.D: Good Orderly Direction. In the Book of Exodus God introduces Himself to Moses and then the Hebrew people through offering some direction on how to get out of the mess they are in and promises a new land with a new freedom. But with freedom comes responsibility and with relationships come rules.
Moses grew up without a dad and had anger issues which led to murder, running from the law, and escaping from reality by starting over in a new place. Then he was called on to do something great and his negative self-worth took over. Excuses, rationalizations, and fear stood in the way of a great Redemption and Exodus. Only through a Power greater than Moses can this wounded and broken man become one of the most prolific figures in the history of the world.
It’s not easy to admit that I’m in bondage to something, but admitting powerlessness is the 1st step to the solution. The 2nd book of the bible tells the story of the underdog nation of Hebrew slaves overcoming all odds to find freedom from the most powerful empire of that time, and it is also a story for us today. It’s a vision of our spiritual journey from our land of complacency and captivity into the Land God has for us on the other side of the Red Sea. The journey will not be without trial and tribulation, yet God shall provide manna and a cloud by day and fire by night. Freedom for God’s People!
In Ephesians 6:10-20 we are instructed on how to prepare for spiritual battle. What kind of armor are you protecting your soul with? Do you put on a mask to protect yourself from others’ glares and judgment? Have you stopped yourself from getting too close so not to be hurt? God has a different kind of armor to strengthen us and help us to stand on the evil day…
The popular show about the Zombie Apocalypse, “The Walking Dead,” parallels the Epistle to Ephesus (in the bible) with lessons about life surrendered to Jesus. For one, sin is like a flesh-eating virus that will leave us lifeless and still walking around wasting our days and taking down friends and family. The Gospel is life in the midst of death and victorious over death freeing us from the chains that enslave us and enemies that seek to destroy us.
One of the biggest questions that many of us have is, “What am I supposed to do with my life?” Whether you’re in your 1st half or 2nd, we can make a difference when we answer God’s call. Over the next few weeks at Jacob’s Well we’re going to take a few steps back and look in the Bible at how God calls people and try to listen together for the voice of the Holy Spirit.
God grant me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change,
COURAGE to change the things I can, and
WISDOM to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.
Paul saved the most urgent and controversial subjects until the end of the letter and he’s going to deal with them passionately and with a touch of satire and sarcasm. And at the heart of this spirited rant is where he backhands his opponents by calling himself a fool, when everyone reading the letter knows who really is acting foolish. Paul was being really nice in the first 9 chapters, offering words of comfort and grace to his people, but in chapter 10 he starts to sound more like Mr. T than Mr. Rogers.
A world ruled by the dollar and driven by greed leaves us cynical and skeptical. The good news is that God’s word gives a refreshing new perspective on money. 2 Corinthians 8-9 unashamedly encourages us to give generously and cheerfully in light of God’s mercies. Join us at Jacob’s Well this weekend as we explore God’s perspective on giving and invest in an exciting mission in Memphis.
Jacob was the son seeking approval from his father, grasping at the heels of his brother, letting love blind him and revenge drive him. Jacob is know for his ladder and his well and was forever changed in a cage-fight with God.
Step by Step is a journey through the 12 steps via the lens of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Saturday Nights January to March will include both worship and group discussion. At 6:00 is a service with music, stories, and teaching themed around each step. Both before and after will be a discussion-based meeting where participants share experience, strength, and hope. The meeting at 4:30 is women only and the one at 7:30 is co-ed.
At Jacob’s Well we believe that rehab isn’t just for addicts and invite all people to embrace this amazing framework for living life on life’s terms.
Respond to God’s greatest gift by giving to others in ways you never have before this Christmas season. Center yourself on Christ and find tangible ways to give back on Saturday nights at Jacob’s Well.
Sometimes a word that we hear or read takes root in our heart and changes the trajectory of our life. When this happens, the word is tattooed on our hearts forever. Jeremiah 31:33 describes it as God “writing his law on our heart.” On Saturday nights in November and December, men and women will be sharing stories of different words of scripture were tattooed on their hearts and we will be encouraged and challenged by these words.
The gravity of earth says that what goes up, must come down. The gravity of heaven, proved in the resurrection, is the good news that what goes down, must come up. As we deny ourselves, God provides. As we hit bottom, a power greater than ourselves lifts us up. This part of the series will share stories of heaven’s way of ascension, as we humble ourselves, we are exalted.
The story of an exciting movement that literally turned the world upside-down is shared in the book of Acts. Seeds of the gospel were scattered and in one generation thousands of faith communities were planted in urban centers throughout Israel and Asia Minor. Today our land is in serious drought and ripe for a fresh outpouring of God’s Spirit and urban farms to harvest the crop.
Helping someone in trouble is generally a good thing to do, but how we help can actually do more harm than good in helping someone get back on their feet. When we communicate they are helpless without us, fail to empower them to connect to resources to grow towards sustainable living, or expect them to get by without work, housing, and good health, we hurt more than help. During February we will explore various stories in the Old Testament, seeking to glean truth for our lives and our neighbors in the process.
Helping someone in trouble is generally a good thing to do, but our help can sometimes become a hindrance to a loved one getting better. In this series we will explore various stories in the Old Testament, seeking to glean truth for our lives & loved ones in the process.
Advent means, “Coming,” and the season before Christmas is not as much about presents as it is about the presence of Christ. The bible doesn’t make a big separation between his 1st coming and 2nd coming. In Jesus’ birth and life, he initiated the movement to end suffering & fear to bring freedom & joy. In Jesus’ return, he will finish the work. In the meantime, we are propelled by what he has done and look forward to what he is going to do.
The Advent readings tell the story of how in Christ’s coming there comes an end to suffering. In the midst of the wilderness a path is prepared through repentance & belief. This path is countercultural and doesn’t fall in the trap of consumerism and consumption but instead deals with life on life’s terms and seeks holiness and godliness. The power of the Spirit is given generously to free all oppressed and depressed.
Jacob’s Well is not for everyone, but many have connected deeply with the vision of Reconciliation, Rehabilitation, and Reciprocation. As we have grown over the past year, as a body we have come to highly value Transparency, Other-focus, Unconditional Acceptance, Community Development, and Hope. This series lays out who we are what is important to us.
If we’re honest, many of us and our neighbors are struggling to keep our heads above water. Jesus is alive and leading a rescue mission to grant us the serenity, courage, and wisdom to make it one day at a time and do so with love and dignity. Join us at the Well on Saturday nights for a refreshing dose of living water.
This series focuses on the idea that rather than needing a break from the stress and struggle, we need a substitute. Our admission of powerlessness can lead to turn away from our efforts and to Jesus. Our prayer is that many will make a decision to substitute God’s will for their will as we reflect on Jesus’ death for you.
In John 14 & 15 Jesus speaks about our relationship with the Spirit of God in contrast to the ways of the world. We often feel alienated and alone in this world and our tendency is to revert to an orphan mentality where we are on our own and have to fend for ourselves. Jesus offers a beautiful alternative to survive in this hostile world, through relationship with the Father in the power of the Spirit. How will you choose to respond to the woes of the world, Alien or Orphan?
This series is based out of John 13 and 14 where Jesus teaches around the Last Supper about loving and serving others, and begins to truly reveal who he is. All the while Peter blatantly tries to get attention by showing how he is special and better than everyone else. In response, Jesus offers some amazing teaching on how to deal with unmet expectations, ego-centrism, materialism and the blessings of life on mission with him.
Light is the basic source of all life, understanding and beauty. Light reflects off of all around us so that we can see. All colors are present in pure light. Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life.”
On the surface, this seems like Jesus at a picnic (imagine red-checkered picnic blankets). In actuality, Jesus and his disciples were entering the hi’ country on the other side of the Sea of Galilee, the hotbed of guerilla revolutionary activity, the headquarters for the zealots. Five thousand men were there to make Jesus king of the revolution. But Jesus had something far different in mind. . . a LOVE rEvolution. And he invites us to join in by feeding the hungry and sharing in the abundant life in Christ.
The story of the Samaritan woman and Jesus is at the heart of the vision of Jacob’s Well. After pointing out that she had been pursuing happiness through relationship after relationship, Jesus offers the woman something that will truly satisfy her deep thirst–Living Water. At Jacob’s Well, we believe this good news is for everybody, that our situation is worse than we think yet God’s plan is far great than we realize. We call this step by step process of immersing ourselves in this good news Rehabilitation. And we believe that rehab is not just for addicts. Our response to the gospel is worship and reciprocation.
From when “the Word became flesh” to the resurrection and all of the action-packed stories in between, the good news of the gospel of John is that God has sent His Son into the world to save us from ourselves and bring forth life abundant.