Why Gospel Intensives?
Lying at the center of our desire to see Denver transformed by the beauty of the Gospel is the necessity of seeing every area of our own lives transformed by the beauty of the Gospel, and Gospel Intensives were designed with that goal in mind.
We believe that as we are increasingly transformed by the beauty of the Gospel, the Gospel becomes the heartbeat of our desires, our conversations, and our actions as we become a people made more into the image of our Savior. While this is ultimately the goal of everything we do at Emmaus, Gospel Intensives aim to provide opportunities for participants to dig in more deeply, more intensely, to core Gospel truths that provide the foundation to our lives and the world around us.
Each Gospel Intensive is an eight-week session focusing on one of three categories: Gospel Depth, Gospel History, or Gospel Application. With Gospel Depth, we will spend time studying some deep questions pertaining to theology or ways we approach and interpret Scripture. With Gospel History, we will explore how God has grown and preserved His church throughout history, which is still continuing today. With Gospel Application, we will apply Gospel truths to our own hearts through some of life’s biggest challenges.
During each eight-week session, we will spend time interacting with material from experts in these fields so that we can dig deep into the Gospel realities that form the foundation of our lives. Each of the three intensives will be offered once per year, and participants will have the option of participating in one, two, or all of them!
Our current Intensive Series
Denver’s population is largely made up of a younger demographic where many of life’s struggles center around marriage. Our culture tells us that the purpose of marriage is to find a spouse that fulfills us, makes us happy, gives us warm and fuzzy feelings, and then to live happily ever after with the one who completes us. But when our experiences don’t live up to these expectations that have been propped up by the culture around us, we are often left wondering what happened. We might think, “I don’t feel the same way I did on our wedding day,” or, “I never thought we would fight so much.” Sometimes, we feel more crushed by the weight of our marriage than we feel the freedom that was promised to us by our culture. This isn’t the way it ought to be.
Our problem is that much of the time, we operate under our culture’s paradigm for marriage rather than the one we find in Scripture, which paints a vastly different picture for marriage. During this Gospel Intensive, we will dig in to God’s design for marriage as a tool for shaping us more into the image of our Savior, which often entails pain, suffering, and hurt. But that’s not where it ends. As we gain a deeper understanding of God’s design for marriage, the pain and hurt that we experience will not only help us to love and enjoy our spouses more deeply, but more importantly, it will help us to better know and believe the beauty of our Savior more deeply – transforming us by the beauty of the Gospel and leading us to a literal ending of happily (for)ever after.
Join us for our first Gospel Intensive on Gospel Centered Marriage!
Leaders: Dan Allen and Andy Beams
Material: What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage by Paul Tripp
Dates: Third week of February through the second week of April, 2019
Location: Shift Workspaces on 4th and Corona