This passage is complicated and confusing. Sometimes it's difficult to leave issues unresolved, but this is one where we don't have all of the answers that we'd like.
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.
There is a lot going in this text. If the story ended with verse 27 it would be a very different story...
"Are you looking for Jesus? You will find Him in your local congregation." This doesn't mean that Jesus isn't with us when we go in mission to the world. But God has chosen to do something quite extraordinary by dispensing His goods to His people through the local congregation.
We can get into trouble in two way: 1) We know God does extraordinary things, so we only look for the extraordinary. Or 2) we know God works through the ordinary stuff, so we decide for ourselves (apart for God's Word) what those ordinary things are that God works through.
But when you truly see what God does, it's incredible.
There are so many ways that Christ makes us "New". Focusing on those ways we are new can help us to rekindle the hope of the Gospel.
We may be tempted to avoid standing up for our faith at times because it would mean that we may endure persecution or we simply don't feel like dealing with the difficult situation at the time. This chapter really lays out what it means to be part of Christ's army.
If you're honest with yourself, each chapter has made you slightly more uncomfortable than the last. This one is no exception. But once we're honest with ourselves we have the chance to make a change and move forward with what we've learned.
We had an exciting opportunity to being in a creation ministry to help us to see the cross-section between science and the creation story. We apologize that we couldn't provide video for this presentation.
NOTICE: We apologize, but the audio did not record the entire discussion during our discussion today.
Theological bloodletting is a real concern for church's today. Let us be cautious of the symptoms of this process in our ministry to those in around us.
It is scary to be bold about one's faith, but that is exactly what Jesus calls us to do. Prayerfully we will learn how to exercise the faith muscles of living by conviction.
We've started a congregation wide Bible Study based on the book "Being Lutheran" by Rev. A. Trevor Sutton. Each session will be based on one of the chapters of this book.
This bride of Christ, the Church, is open because of the Gospel. But how much has it become a closed worship social group? How can we be opened by the Gospel to proclaim it openly?
This isn't a series that equips you to evangelize, but rather to comfort and strengthen your faith. There are facts to support a historical Jesus and many Biblical events, but we want to be careful not to use them as reasons to believe. We must embrace the narrative; however, on those days of weak or struggling faith, we can rest assured that Jesus is real.
The Wilder family has a very interesting story. To hear their passion for the Gospel is the reason that we care for these souls and seek to love them as Christ does.
The plot twist is that many Mormons do not know of the beliefs of the inner circle and what happens in the temple.
The burden of belief is pretty heavy for Mormons. But exactly how heavy?
The most provocative of all the questions surrounding Mormons..."Are Mormons Christian?" This isn't a topic that we discuss callously, but with great care for souls of those who are Mormon (and Christian for that matter).
In preparation for this study I recommend that you read through Galatians 1:6-9 and consider the gravity of what Paul is getting at in the opening verses to the Christians in Galatia! What is he warning against? What is at stake? This is at the center of the discussion of whether Mormons are, in fact, Christian or not.
The general history of the religious group can show levels of separation from Christianity. In particular with how Joseph Smith taught that one should deal with opposition and persecution. Read Matthew 5:38-48 and 26:52 to consider how Jesus would have us deal with opposition and difficulties.