The disciples have asked Jesus to teach them to pray. In the center of Luke 11:1-13 is the Parable of the Midnight Request. The moral of the story? If a grouchy father will stubbornly get up at midnight and give his neighbor who without shame requests bread for his guest, then imagine what our heavenly Father will do for his children who come to him in need.
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This Sunday, we're continuing our 3-week series on parables of Jesus. Paul Leslie will be with us to preach God's word on the Parable of the Rich Fool. Paul and his family are members at Tremont Temple Baptist Church and he has served churches in Cambridge and Arlington. He'll share with us about how to overcome worry in our lives, especially related to our finances.
Forgiveness is one of those things that might sound easy on the surface, but it can be incredibly difficult deep down. If we're honest, sometimes it seems like forgiveness isn't working even though God's word says it's supposed to.
This week, we begin a short series on Parables of Jesus called The Moral of the Story. Dr. Ed Keazirian, one of Pastor Josh and Whitney's beloved seminary professors, will explore this topic of forgiveness in Jesus' Parable of the Unjust Servant.
Did you know that Jesus talks more about money in the Gospels than he does about heaven and hell? Our finances are intimately personal and extremely powerful. Money is a crucial sign and source of our spiritual growth! This Sunday is Stewardship Sunday, which is the annual day we intentionally explore the topic of our finances. Our hope is that we all would "excel in this grace of giving" together.
This Sunday, we conclude our Vision Series about our strategy for living out our inviting mission: Rhythms of Grace. We've explored how worship recalibrates our hearts, and how God's power works when we connect in community. Finally this week, we'll see that to serve is evidence of God's grace at work in us and through us--and of course a place to invite others. Worship. Connect. Serve. Invite.
"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." We continue in our Vision Series about our strategy for living out our mission: Rhythms of Grace. This week, we'll observe how the early church valued and leveraged fellowship with one another--another simple rhythm that is powerfully able to bring life-change.
This Sunday is Vision Sunday! It was 148 years ago this month that representatives from dozens of churches all over Boston gathered to celebrate and affirm us as "a regular Baptist church." This weekend we'll reflect some on our past and look toward our future. We know our mission is to invite Boston and beyond into a life-changing relationship with Christ and his church. But the question we'll explore on Sunday is: How? How do we accomplish this big mission? What is our practical strategy?
After the Elder John's introduction and his command for the church to love one another, this Sunday we come to his warning about false teachers. How should we respond to false teaching and teachers? How much disagreement should we tolerate among those who claim to be Christians? Is it ever loving to reject, divide, or disassociate from people because of their teaching? This week we'll see one more time in 2 John how God's word brings truth and love together.
In light of the division and attack from false teachers in the church at Ephesus, John the Elder now comes to his primary purpose for writing. It's a gentle command to those who are still faithful to Christ: Love one another. But how does their love for each other relate to resisting false teaching? According to John, what does it look like practically for us--Ruggles--to love one another? We'll explore these questions and more as we continue our series in this short but powerful letter.
This Sunday we welcome Neel Roberts to share an update on his ministry in Thailand and East Asia and also to preach Matthew 11:28-30 on the empowerment we can receive through coming to Jesus Christ for rest.
This Sunday we begin a journey through one of the shortest books in all the Bible--a pastor writes encouragement and instruction to a struggling church. In the first three verses this Sunday, we'll see not only the powerful love that should characterize our church, but also the foundation--the root--of our love for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
In this one incident of Jesus healing a young man (told in three Gospels), we hear three conversations about faith and doubt: Jesus' comments to religious leaders who had no faith, a brief but revealing dialogue between Jesus and the boy's father about faith and doubt, and Jesus' de-briefing instructions to his disciples about their need for more faith in prayer. Who will you relate to most?
This Sunday we consider faith and doubt from Peter’s success and failure at water-walking. Peter’s faith was fickle -- lots of “successful failures” in which Peter successfully and courageously stepped out, and then failed miserably. Sound familiar? But toward the end of his life his faith expression is strong and solid. Our purpose Sunday is to study how we can nurture a faith that will endure and become increasingly vital, sustaining us throughout our lives.
This Sunday we begin a 4-week sermon series on the topic of doubt. We begin with perhaps the most famous story of doubt in the entire Bible, the story of Thomas (whose name is so synonymous with doubt, that anyone who demonstrates skepticism is described as a "doubting Thomas"!).
As we look deeper into this story, questions will arise... Does Jesus want us to have "blind faith"? If we ask for evidence, are we showing a lack of faith? Is there a difference between doubt and unbelief? What exactly are we believing in, anyway?
This Sunday, we welcome our good friend and local missionary Jeff Bass back to Ruggles. Jeff was a member of this church in the 1980's and '90's, and was also on staff as Church Administrator. He is currently the Executive Director of the Emmanuel Gospel Center, a ministry position that Ruggles gladly supports as part of our World Outreach budget.
This morning Jeff shares some stories of his ministry to urban churches in Boston, and then he issues a challenge to us as followers of Jesus Christ, in this city, at this time.
This Sunday, we come to the end of the "Roots of Our Redemption" series. The account of Abraham's death includes opportunities to look back at what we have learned in Genesis and to look forward at God's plan for history. Abraham's death reminds us of our own fleeting moments on this earth. It causes us to wrestle with our own life's purpose. And it zooms us out to see our true place in history with a God's-eye view.
The end of Abraham and Sarah's lives will mark the conclusion to our series in Genesis. In this week's passage, Sarah dies first and Abraham grieves his beloved wife. You might think the message of this passage is how to grieve and cope with death, but it is not. There is a much greater message about the cost and commitment to truly believe God's promises, even when they are not yet fulfilled. Are we truly willing to give our entire lives for something--and someone--we haven't seen?
In our text this Sunday, Abraham faces the test of his life. How much does he really trust the Lord? Will he really put the Lord first, over even the dearest parts of his life--even his own beloved son? This passage raises numerous questions for us: Does God test us? If so, how can we prepare so we can pass the test like Abraham did? Join us as we explore the roots of our redemption in this infamous story.
Finally. In Genesis 21, the Lord finally fulfills his promise to Abraham and Sarah "at the very time [He] had promised." God keeps his promises! In this week's passage, the sovereign, faithful, loving-kindness of the Lord rings out--but not just for Abraham and Sarah, even for Hagar and Ishmael, too. On Sunday, we'll be encouraged by God's character and examine how can we grow in trusting his promises.
Do you wrestle with a habitual sin? Something you just can't seem to get past? Maybe it's sexual sin, or a short temper, or anxiety over your finances or future. The good news is we're not alone. In this Sunday's passage, the great, faithful patriarch Abraham blows it again. It's déjà vu from chapter 12. Even though he is decades older and has had numerous personal encounters with God, Abraham falls into the same old sins. In God's word this Sunday, we'll find encouragement and hope for overcoming our habitual sins. But most of all: grace.