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Advent 2018 | Living In-Between

Major building projects are often inaugurated by a ground-breaking ceremony. A small crowd gathers as someone cuts the ribbon and a CEO pretends to shovel dirt while posing for a pic. From there, building commences, plans are activated, and completion is only a matter of time. The laborers will now live ‘In-Between’ the Already and Not Yet. The end is in sight, but there may be sorrow along the way. The Kingdom of God is very similar. The season of Advent (Latin for “coming” or “visit”) is a time for us to remember that the Kingdom project began at Christ’s first coming. And yet, we actively await the completion of that project at Christ’s second coming. In this Advent series, we explore what it means to ‘Live In-Between’ that space of the Already and not yet Kingdom.


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We often say, “God is always present and is always working.” So why don't we experience God’s presence more? Our 24/7 hyper connectivity so easily drowns out the voice of the Divine. Amidst all the noise, how can we discern God's presence? In this 8-week series called ‘Practicing the Presence,’ we hope to provide tools for our church to train in the habit of practicing ongoing awareness and intimacy with God in order to have greater  impact on our city.

Believing the gospel must begin somewhere, but doesn’t end there. Believing in or ‘Trusting’ Jesus through the gospel is a daily choice that brings salvation and transformation. In this three week series we’ll explore what it looks like to live a life of faith as Believers in Christ. 

If your church could get a personalized letter from the King of the Cosmos, what would it say? How do our priorities line up with his? By studying Revelation 2-3, we get to eavesdrop on Jesus’s “love letters” to seven churches in the late first century whose circumstances are not unlike our own.

The word ‘benediction’ seems old and out of touch. But whether we realize it or not, each of us have been radically affected by the power of words-positively or negatively. We listen to so many words that don't bring life. In this short series, Bruce Cooke explores how we can build our lives on good words from God to us in the ‘benedictions’ of the Bible.

Who is the Holy Spirit. Some underemphasize the Spirit. It’s why some call the Spirit, "the forgotten member of the Trinity." Others seem to overemphasize the Spirit, and mostly associating themselves with the supernatural gifts of the Spirit. In this Eastertide series leading up to Pentecost Sunday, we explore who the Holy Spirit is, what the Spirit does and how we can actually be led by the spirit.

The six weeks of Lent commemorate the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness fighting temptation. But long before Jesus, Moses led God’s people into the wild. The second half of Exodus marks the beginning 40 years time enduring immense trials and temptations in the wilderness. In this Lenten series we explore the back half of Exodus and explore what it means to live into the way of Jesus in the wilderness.

Historically, the six weeks of Epiphany commemorate the liberating ministry of Jesus the Messiah. But long before Jesus, Moses’ ministry foreshadowed the Messiah’s work of rescuing people from oppression and addiction. Moses’ story anticipates the story of Jesus in many ways; but it also unveils our story; it anticipates our ultimate exodus from death, disease, oppression, addiction and self destruction. As we explore the first part of Exodus we long to encounter the true liberator--the One who alone can deliver us.

The old hymn ‘Come, Thou Long expected Jesus’ captures the essence of the Advent season. For centuries Israel awaited a King who would rescue them from the curse of oppression, injustice and death. Advent is a season to celebrate. During the four weeks of Advent leading up to Christmas we celebrate the birth of that King. But Advent isn’t just a season of celebration, it’s also a season of anticipation. We anticipate the arrival, the advent of this resurrected king once again.   

The life of Joseph is filled with dreams, destiny and family dysfunction. Maybe you can relate? Although his pain multiplies, Joseph appears to recognize God at work even in the midst of life altering problems. He’s able to dismantle the dysfunction in his life and leave a legacy of love. In this series we explore the way this story points to the Lord Jesus, and the way it intersects with our lives.

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.

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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