by Tim Isbell

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Are you looking for

  • a place to investigate Christian faith?
  • or a small group that studies the Bible with an emphasis on its application to modern life?
  • or a place to take a deeper dive into Christian thought? 
Then check out our Sunday MeetUp. You don't need any previous Christian background, nor do we expect any outside work - though there are opportunities for that. We design every Sunday to stand alone, though many Sundays are part of a series. 

We meet at New Life Nazarene Church, 20900 McClellan Rd, Cupertino, CA. on Sunday mornings at 9:15-10:15 in the "living room" of Building D (directly behind the Worship Center). You can expect a small group of 6-12 intergenerational people, ranging in age from their mid-20s to mid-80s. Just drop in, or Contact Tim for more information. (If you have kids, we have a class for middle and high school students going at this same time, but not a regular program for children. However, if we know by Saturday morning that you are coming with younger children, we'll arrange childcare.)   

If you want to get a feel for the content of a typical session, check out the links below for the notes from past sessions. Here are more ways you might use these notes:
  1. Regular or occasional attendees use the list to review recent sessions and look ahead to what's coming next.
  2. Regulars use the list to select a good Sunday to invite friends. 
  3. Christian teachers use this site to find fresh material for their classes. All my material is free.
The links below are for the current sessions. Previously, I led a distributed series on the Old Testament books of Jeremiah and Lamentations. We just finished a series on Kingdom Politics based on 2 Kings 1-7. I'll leave it on this webpage for a few weeks before moving it to the archives. At the bottom of the list you can see what we are working on right now. Each link includes my/our teaching notes, the scripture, and at the end is the handout we used for the session.  

Blessings, Tim Isbell

Kingdom Politics

10/28/2018 - The Pattern of Two Kingdoms (2 Kings 1 & 2)

11/4 - God's Upside-Down Kingdom (2 Kings 3 - 4.7)

1/20/2019 - Claiming Invisible Political Options (2 Kings 3.8-37)

1/27 - Political Engagement and Faithful Living (2 Kings 4.38-41)

2/17 - Purchasing Power & the Power to Purchase (2 Kings 5.1-19)

3/3 - Through the Old Testament in 1 Hour (a special session)

3/10, 17, 24, 31 - Aron and Nicole Wall led these sessions from the Revised Common Lectionary scriptures. They are now at Cambridge University in England where Aron now lectures in theoretical physics.

4/7 - The Economics of Plenty (2 Kings 6.8-7.2)

4/14 - The Sanctified Vision of the Kingdom (2 Kings 7.3-20)

Kingdom Politics series top-level summary:

The World of the kings

The world of God's Kingdom


Makes plans first, consults god later (maybe).

Makes plans under and with the Lord God


Fears death and change

Trusts God's faithfulness from generation to generation


Not always at odds with purposes of God, but often forgets they are not the ultimate authority

Primarily concerned with justice enacted according to God's redemptive purposes


Finds hope in associations with politically connected and powerful people

Finds hope in God's long history of faithfulness to his people


Operates according to a limited set of opposing political options

Operates according to political options that the world of kings often cannot see


Perpetuates an oppositional political life marked by winners and losers

Makes possible a collaborative politic


Tries to eradicate evil as a first priority

Inserts good as a first priority; trusts God to deal with evil in his time


Fights power & control with power & control

Responds to power & control humbly, with wisdom & persistence


Ignores the advice of the powerless & meek

Listens to the powerless and meek


Practices trickle-down economics.

Anticipates bubble-up economics


Provisions are meant for my consumption

Provisions are meant for God's redemption


I must compete for provisions

I receive provisions as a responsibility


I'll never have enough

God will provide all I need for salvation


Sees lack

Sees plentitude.


Trusts in narrow news sources; has trouble hearing good news from untrusted sources

Willing to receive good news from those who may be considered outsiders


Best we know is a politic of tolerance

Kingdom life is a politic of reconciliation

Supplemental resources for the Kingdom Politics series:

Easter Sunday

4/21 - Two Sisters with Resurrection Faith (John 11.17-27, 32-44)

Philippians series

4/28    The Apostle Paul meets Philippi (Acts 16)

5/5      I have you in my heart (Philippians 1.3-8, 4.14-19)

5/12    I am in chains (Phil 1.12-26) 

5/19    I Know you stand firm (Phil 1.27 - 2.1-13)

5/26    I want to know Christ (Phil 3/7 - 4.1)

6/2      I rejoice in the Lord (Phil 4.4-13, 21-23) )

Pentecost Sunday

6/9 - The Paschal Mystery

Hope to see you some Sunday soon.

After each Sunday MeetUp, you are welcome to stay for the Sunday morning worship service which starts in the Worship Center at 10:30 AM and ends just before noon.