Each year, Lakewood has a year-long emphasis

in which our church family is invited to participate.

Current Study

In 2021, we are taking a closer look at the Gospel.

Hope of Glory: A Study of Ezekiel for Advent

At Christmas, we remember that the Son of God came to earth for us and for our salvation.  Yet, before we turn to the joy of Christmas, Advent calls us to reflect on our need for Christ. Ezekiel helps us see our need for Jesus by lifting our eyes to see the holiness and glory of God and, at the same time, confronting us with the devastating reality of our sin. The hope of Ezekiel is that God does not abandon his people. He promises to give them new hearts and to put his Spirit within them. As we come to Christ, our hope of glory, we see that he fulfills all that is promised in Ezekiel so that God can be our God and dwell among us.

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Gospel for all Nations

The Bible unfolds God’s plan “to purify for himself a people for his own possession” (Titus 2:14). As we read from Genesis to Revelation, we learn that God’s plan is for his people to be made up of those from “every tribe and language and people and nation” (Rev 5:9). He has a plan to bless the nations, and this blessing comes through Jesus Christ. The good news of God’s redeeming work in Christ is for all who believe in him. The gospel is for all nations.

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Gospel of Hope: Romans

The gospel of Jesus Christ brings hope to all people because the gospel is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (1:17). Paul unpacks this gospel of hope in the book of Romans as he writes to encourage unity in through their shared hope and he writes to invite the church to join in his mission of taking the gospel around the world for the glory of God. As he explains the hope of the gospel, Paul helps us see that Jesus Christ gives us hope, not only for the world to come, but also for life in this world.

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Jude: Contend for the Gospel

Jude urges followers of Jesus “to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (v. 3). This book prompts us to examine the nature of this faith. Faith is more than intellectually assenting to a set of beliefs. True faith leads one to rest in Christ Jesus and to commit to him. Such faith manifests itself in how one lives. Confessing that Jesus is Lord should lead us to live with him as Lord over every inch of our lives. The grace of God in Christ fuels our lives of obedience. To contend for the gospel means that we as individuals and as a church must live out the truth of the gospel.

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The Gospel for All Seasons

Habakkuk calls us to trust in the Lord and his good purposes no matter the circumstances. His three chapters take us on his journey of faith from his crying out to God for justice, to his questioning God’s answer, and, ultimately, to his resting in God’s promise. “The righteous shall live by faith” forms the central message of the book. No matter what we face, we can walk with steadfast trust in the Lord because his steadfast love endures forever.

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The Gospel Unites

“I am the vine,” Jesus declares, “you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5). Our life depends on being united to Jesus. In fact, our entire salvation depends upon union with Christ. Through this study, we will see how we are united to Christ Jesus through the gospel and enjoy this union now and look forward to its completion in the new creation.

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Follow the King: A Study of Mark

Who is Jesus? How do I follow him? These two questions resound through the Gospel of Mark. Jesus is king. He has all authority. He is the exalted Son of God, the long-awaited Christ. Yet, he is the most unexpected king, for he conquers through his own suffering and death. His kingship demands a response. We are to turn to him in faith. We are to follow the king.

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Good News of the Resurrection

The resurrection is our gospel hope. For many, the cross and the gospel are nearly synonymous. We know that Jesus died for us, but in order for the gospel to be truly good news we cannot stop there. The gospel story does not end in the grave. We affirm with Scripture that the work of Christ extends beyond the cross through the grave to his resurrection and eventually to our own resurrection.

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No Other Gospel

To add anything to the gospel is to lose the whole gospel. For many, the gospel is seen as merely the starting point of the Christian life. Often we believe, “I trusted in Jesus, and now it is up to me to work as hard as I can to please God with my life.” Galatians alerts us to the danger of losing the gospel—not by rejecting Jesus but by living as if his work must be completed by our obedience. Paul shows us that the gospel of God’s grace is the center of the entire Christian life. We begin and continue to follow Jesus only through faith and by God’s grace.

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Wisdom for Waiting: Psalms of Exile

To add anything to the gospel is to lose the whole gospel. For many, the gospel is seen as merely the starting point of the Christian life. Often we believe, “I trusted in Jesus, and now it is up to me to work as hard as I can to please God with my life.” Galatians alerts us to the danger of losing the gospel—not by rejecting Jesus but by living as if his work must be completed by our obedience. Paul shows us that the gospel of God’s grace is the center of the entire Christian life. We begin and continue to follow Jesus only through faith and by God’s grace.

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Wisdom of Community

The church is God’s wise plan for the good of his people and for his glory. This 6-week study through the book of Ephesians demonstrates to followers of Jesus that we need the church. God has designed the life of faith in such a way that our survival depends on the community of the church. To be a follower of Christ is to be a member of a local congregation. The church is necessary for our own growth in godliness and for us to join in God’s mission.

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Wisdom 2020

To live well is to live wisely. The challenge becomes that what the world describes as wise and what the Bible teaches is wise are opposed. In fact, biblical wisdom is seen as foolishness to the world. If we want to live well — if we want to live a truly wise life — we must look to the Scriptures. When we look to the Bible for a true definition of wisdom, we see that wisdom is not a thing but a person. True wisdom is none other than Jesus Christ. This study takes you through the Bible, examining wisdom and pointing you to Jesus.

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OT19: Eden to Exile

In 2019, we ventured on a one-year journey through the Old Testament and studied its connection with Jesus in the New Testament. We read the stories of the Old Testament, from Eden to Exile and ended the year with Isaiah’s prophesies of Emmanuel. Each week ended with a devotional reading connecting what we read in the Old Testament to Jesus in the New Testament.

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Vision from the Valley

In this six-week study, we reflected on six Psalms that paired with our OT19 readings about the life of David in 1-2 Samuel. From David’s own meditations, we gleaned how we can biblically and faithfully live our own lives in a manner that honors God even in the midst of life’s deepest valleys.

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NT18: New Testament in a Year

In 2018, we read the New Testament—verse by verse, chapter by chapter, day by day, week by week. In 365 days, we read the entire New Testament together as a church.

Each day, we read, meditated and prayed over one chapter of the New Testament. Each week, we discussed our daily readings together in small groups. In corporate worship on Sundays, we focused on the readings for that week.

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