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.
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.
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.
There is a repeating theme throughout the Bible and it is helpful to see it early in the narrative. If you would like to follow along with us in the materials click here and you can download the PDF of the lesson.
I can be easy for us to think (and act like) the things that the world calls "our possessions" actually belong to us. But truly engaging in our vocation of stewardship is a joyful groove to be in. If you would like to follow along with us in the materials click here and you can download the PDF of the lesson.
We're still setting the stage for our discussion of the Divine Drama. In the process we will be memorizing the books of the Bible in order. If you would like to follow along with us in the materials click here and you can download the PDF of the lesson.
Many Christians are surprised to find out that there are more than one number of the ten commandments. This is not intended to be an exhaustive treatment of the ten commandments, but a chance to look at a few things in particular that are 1) misconceptions about the commandments and 2) have a better appreciation for why God would give us such a complex set of imperative commands.
For more information on the resources used in this discussion please contact Pastor Ben.
If you were to have the time to sit down right after reading this and have uninterrupted time dedicated to read you Bible in devotion...would you be able to read your Bible for 60 minutes? 30 minutes? 15 minutes? How long before you became distracted from things inside of your head or on the page that you're reading?
I've come across a resource that has greatly reduced the propensity for me to be distracted while reading Scripture in a devotional setting. I'd like to share it with you.
In preparation for this study I'd like you to set aside 30 minutes to read the Bible, just read. I want you in the story. It doesn't matter what you choose to read, just that you read. I don't want to give you a distraction during a time when i'd like you to be focused on reading, but...keep track of the things that pull you from the text. What distracts you? For how long does your mind wander? Does this lengthen the entire time you're "reading"?