Reality Boston is a community following Jesus that desires to advance joy in the city of Boston through the good news of Jesus Christ.

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Modern relationships seem to have swirled into a typhoon of disappointment. With so many competing narratives about how to approach romantic, friendship, parenting, and work relationships, it’s hard to know which way is up. In this series we search for a true north to guide us through the tumultuous waters of relationships. And we explore what scripture has to say about how we redeem relationships.


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Even with all of her baggage, the Bride of Christ is still beautiful to God...But why? What makes her lovely? From Ephesians, we explore who the church is and what she is becoming. Renewed identity, racial harmony, overcoming shame, dealing with addiction, spiritual battle, and faith and work, are just a few of topics we’ll survey in this rich book.

The book of Revelation, while oftentimes seen as some sort of secret puzzle book, is actually more like a picture book. It is not so much concerned with the end of the world as it is with how to live faithfully in the world in the here and now. Ultimately its central message is the same as every other book in the Bible—Jesus Christ and his kingdom. When we learn to read Revelation in this way, focusing on its central message of Jesus, we discover how to imagine the kingdom and live faithfully as the people of Jesus in this present passing age.

Hearing is the first sense we develop and the last to go in death. But listening is not a natural capacity. The Bible is clear on this point. We do not automatically listen to God, others, or even ourselves. This Lenten season, we hope to really learn to listen—to God, to others, to our world and to ourselves for our transformation and for the sake of mission. 

The vision for Reality Boston has always been to advance joy as apprentices of Jesus. But like the ancient church in Philippi, keeping that as our main mission can be harder in person than on paper. The Church in Philippi began because a few apprentices of Jesus advanced joy in their city and beyond. As we explore Paul’s ancient letter to the Philippian church, we discover what it looks like for apprentices to advance joy together.

Advent is a season of remembering Christ's first advent ('coming') and anticipating his second. Jesus told his followers just before his death and resurrection that he went to prepare a place for them. In this Advent season we explore Jesus's promise as we walk through John 14.

What makes the Christian faith unique? Why is it so radically different from any other religion or self-help philosophy? According to the gospel of John, it’s Jesus. John’s gospel is written so that humanity would believe that Jesus is the Messiah King, and by believing, we might find life in Him. In this 12-week series we hope to immerse ourselves in the person of Jesus and to explore how we can truly live!

The Psalms are a collection Hebrew songs and prayers—each with a different theme used to teach God’s people to pray from the heart. In this summer series we explore various kinds of Psalms in the hopes that we too can find freedom in singing and praying from the heart.

What is the good life? Who can find it, and how do we become that person? In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus addresses these questions in extremely practical ways. In this series we hope to discover how we are meant to read these words, how we can possibly live these words, and why we would even want to.

The Apostles' Creed offers a summary of the gospel. It lays a foundation for mission. In this Lenten series, we follow the outline of the creed as we seek to gain a language for faith.

In this series we explore why we should base our lives on the Bible, why we can trust the Bible, and a framework for dealing with tough questions regarding the Bible.

Jesus’s words in John 15 offer us a way to move beyond futility (lives without meaning) into fruitfulness (lives with lasting meaning). Becoming a fruitful community isn’t achieved through self-building but in abiding; learning to make our true home in Jesus as he makes his home in us.

The name Emmanuel means ‘God with us’. We celebrate the God who became man in his first Advent ('coming') and await his second Advent. And not just any kind of waiting - it’s active waiting. It’s the kind of waiting where our community is shaped into a new society, and begins to reflect the ethics of a kingdom that both has and is yet to arrive.

This series explores some 'ways of being' that have, and we hope continue to, shape our culture as a church family. In this series we hope to both communicate some things we value, and to cultivate a culture that embodies these ways of being.

The New Testament paints the church as God's special plan to bring new life into the world. But what does the church actually do? In this series we explore the nature of the church, what makes the church the church, and the hope it offers to us and to the world.

This sermon series in the book of Acts explores what it means to be a people marked by the Holy Spirit, for the sake of the world.

What does it mean to be a new creature in Christ? During the 50 days of Eastertide, we will explore how our faith in the risen Christ transfers us from death to life, and transforms us into the image of Christ in order to bring life to a dying world.

What does it look like to make space for God to speak, work and move in community and in our lives? During this Lenten season we centered around different ways we make space for God to work in our lives. 

The season of Advent is a season of reflection and anticipation, of waiting and preparation. And what do we wait and prepare for? Joy. Joy for the whole world.

What would it look like if we prayed as Jesus taught us? What would it look like if, every day, we prayed the Lords Prayer before we 'jumped in'? This sermon series walks the Lords Prayer line by line. Throughout the sermon series, additional resources were provided, available here.

What does it look like to advance joy in our lives, our families, our church and our city? This 4 week sermon series explores how true joy is advanced.

What does an ancient account of an obscure story teach us about who we really are, and how to rise from our fans self? This 4 week sermon series studies through the Old Testament book of Jonah.

This sermon sub series continues in the larger series 'The Recovery of Humanity', a look at the larger story of the Bible and the purpose behind it all.

This sermon sub series continues in the larger series 'The Recovery of Humanity', a look at the larger story of the Bible and the purpose behind it all.

This sermon sub series continues in the larger series 'The Recovery of Humanity', a look at the larger story of the Bible and the purpose behind it all.

This sermon sub series continues in the larger series 'The Recovery of Humanity', a look at the larger story of the Bible and the purpose behind it all.

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