The Biography of Jesus
Granite Creek’s Mission Statement is “Relationship not Religion”. It’s simple, easy to remember, and to the point of what we do. It’s also the hardest thing we do. Fostering personal relationships within a church, a family, or with friends is hard. I find it even harder developing a “personal relationship” with an unseen person…Jesus.In researching for this article I found myself questioning my perceptions of Jesus by noticing how many different depictions humans have created over the centuries. Just when you think you know a guy, you are forced to look again. Jesus is never changing, but our relationship with him does.
In our upcoming Sunday Series, The Biography of Jesus, I want to unpack the historical Jesus, and understand him better through the context of His culture. I want to piece together the strands of scripture that highlight His personality. What would Jesus’ Myers Briggs Personality score reveal about Him? I would like to get a better understanding of His decision-making process and why certain situations prompted different responses and why He treated people differently depending on their unique interactions. And yes, I want to know what He actually looked like. I believe we can get a pretty accurate depiction. Can’t wait to share that with you!
My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, Philippians 3:10
It could easily take a lifetime of study to accurately catch a glimpse of the life, times, and personality of Jesus. Knowledge of who Jesus is and attempting to model our lives after Him is critical during these “end of days’ scenarios that we literally have found ourselves living in. But, there is something even more important than knowing who Jesus is…. And that is in the form of a very cliche statement that I actually hate to hear…. “ Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?
By Pastor Joshua Kapchinsky
Pastor Joshua KapchinskyLead Pastor
I am a husband, father, minister, and antiques dealer. I grew up memorizing Bible verses as well as being able to discern if a piece of furniture was a reproduction or a true heirloom.
I love discovering cool, old stuff and sharing it with others. Nothing compares to inhaling the soothing, musty scent of an old leather club chair, or feeling the well-worn patina of a 16th century church candlestick. Unlike newer pieces that might cost the same and be had in trendy shops like Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware, antiques possess true character and history. When purchasing antiques, one gains great pleasure not just from the actual act of possession, but from the process of acquiring as well.
My college education, as well as other life opportunities, helped cultivate my fondness for "cool, old stuff." Equipped with a B.A. in HIstory from Westmont College, I went on to curate the Karpeles Manuscript Museum in Santa Barbara, and later served as Director of the Karpeles Manuscript Museum in Charleston, South Carolina.
Inevitably, I opened my own antique business in 1998 in Pasadena, on Colorado Boulevard with items hand-picked from Belgium and France. Preston Roberts Antiques featured French, Italian, and Spanish antiques that usually were masculine in style or religious in theme. It was always a big rush when my containers would arrive and I called my favorite clients, allowing them a sneak-peek into my treasure trove of finds.
Today, my treasure seeking revolves less around material items and more around people. As the Lead Pastor at Granite Creek Community Church in Claremont, California, I gain great satisfaction in mining for spiritual treasure among the families and individuals we serve.
Joshua and his wife, Meko, have a passion to develop leaders, encourage the arts, and to continue to create a place where people find friends and inspiration to live their best life. Meko is the College and Young Adult Pastor.
Downplay societies influence on your soul and life. Instead, focus on the impactfullnes of a Christ centered Kingdom perspective.— Joshua Kapchinsky (@JoshKapchinsky) January 2, 2021