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BACKSTAGE: Jesus: A Year of Obscurity


Jan 13–Setting the Stage (Luke 3:1-23; John 1:19-28)—Most concerts these days have an “opening act,” a lesser known band that comes on and plays a small set to prep the crowd for the main headliner. John the Baptist served this role, in a certain sense, for Jesus. He came preaching a different kind of salvation message and baptizing people in a different way as a result. And the purpose of this was to prepare the Israelite people for the coming of the one whose ministry, life, and death would solidify that new Gospel as permanent. Jesus’ ministry would begin with John the Baptist, who pointed everybody he could to the Son of God and Son of Man.

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2019: A Look Ahead

Jan 6–2019: A Look Ahead—As we look ahead to this brand new year, I wonder what the Lord might have in store for our church and for you as an individual. There are numerous opportunities we already know about and have planned, and there will undoubtedly be spontaneous circumstances and events for which no planning could prepare us. But we do trust and believe that the Lord is ready and willing to walk with us through this next year, strengthening our faith in him as we Belong to one another, Prepare for growth and service, and Serve the Lord in the work he is accomplishing in our world.

Dec 30–2018: A Year in Review—As we look back at 2018, its news, stories, highs and lows, we’ll revisit major stories from around our city, country and world. We’ll also look back at a year’s worth of worship, ministry and service at UBC.