“The Colossian Heresy” gave reason for Paul to write to a church of believers whom he’d never met. Congregational issues were plaguing the pastor serving the church and since Paul trained that pastor he felt the need to support him (and the congregation) with a letter from prison.
Adult Bible Study
Growing is something that can be done both individually as well as in a group. In fact, we need to learn in both ways. This group meets after worship and a brief fellowship time on Sundays.
This is led by Pastor Ben who has great passion for education and allowing God’s Word to teach us. There have been a wide range of topics discussed in this class and is for all levels of familiarity with God’s Word. Sometimes we will delve into the readings from worship a little more to ask questions or confront our misconceptions due to a lack of familiarity with what it looked like to live in the ancient near east. Other times we discuss current life issues and how we as Christians are to relate to a world that doesn’t have the same way of viewing the world.
We have more things to worry about than to become consumed with making the state the Church.
This discussion revolves around an ongoing discussion about how we engage the difficult, nuanced and changing scenarios of engaging public square discussion; in particular being asked to pray for such events. This has more of an impact on clergy.
If you’d like to engage the other materials mentioned in class, please contact the church office and we will get those to you.
Who would have ever thought we’d be talking about flags? It is important to remember that the practices you hold to represents the theology that you believe, they can’t disagree. Your practice is your theology.
It would be good for us to share with you that Pastor Ben had a great conversation after class about issues with the ideas in the recording, as presented. There are many nuances to this topic and it certainly was not the intent of this one class to cover all possibilities and easily dismiss a universal health care system. It was asked, “If we aren’t going to advocate a socialist universal health care then how do we help people who need health care? This just isn’t that simple.” They are absolutely correct, but the Church (una sancta) has thought of this and produced a few ideas to address the concern. The basic idea goes back to the very beginning of “insurance” and farmers taking care of each other while also ensuring that they have what they need when the situation occurs. The Church’s response to health care is health care sharing. We will certainly take up this topic again. But if you’d like to consider the numerous resources out there, consider this brief list:
This topic has been wonderfully helpful and deeply challenging. In light of this we are breaking up Chapter 4 into bit-sized pieces. This week we’ve tackled pages 107-118 and we’ll make our way through it as we feel comfortable.
Two theologians from the 20th century weigh in on whether or not Luther’s teaching of the Two Realms is something that can be applied to a 21st century context.
It is challenging to consider that Jesus doesn’t first mention the cross in light of his death and sacrificial atonement on it. But the first mention of the cross (a most familiar image of brutal punishment) is something that all who follow Jesus must take up as a burden of discipleship.
There were a few excellent questions that arose that were quite helpful in laying the course for discussing how the Church (and its Christians) address social issues, even in political discussions.
For the video and first part of our discussion, please visit:
If armor is used in battle then the question must be asked, what battle is God asking those who wear this armor to fight?
The conquest is a tough topic and certainly needs a lot of attention. Understanding the major movements of the conquest is our goal. If you would like to follow along with us in the materials click here and you can download the PDF of the lesson.
Covenant theology is a complex thing. Understanding our relationship to these covenants is important if we are to live in the fullness of the New Covenant. If you would like to follow along with us in the materials click here and you can download the PDF of the lesson.