January 11 , 2019
Should we really trust all pastors equally? What qualifies a person to share the gospel message? Paul’s guidance to the Thessalonians on authority, discernment, motivation, and our responsibility for the gospel message still speaks to us today.
It’s true that much has changed since Jesus walked on earth. Our technology is drastically more advanced, our science and medicine more sophisticated, and our news and culture more international in reach. Our problems, issues, and discussions about morality reflect these advances and changes. Yet the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians offers advice for the Christian life, addressing topics and ethical concerns quite similar to issues we’re discussing today. In this Groundwork series, we examine Paul’s teaching in the first letter to the Thessalonians and discuss how we can take the heart of his teaching and apply it to how we too live out our faith in our own present-day circumstances.
As we enjoy our Christmas celebrations, let’s not forget the reason we celebrate: “A Savior has been born to you.” Like a single thread woven through a garment, the promise of Christmas is woven through all of scripture. Did you know the Bible foreshadows the Christmas story throughout the Old Testament or that Revelation retells the Christmas story with vivid imagery? In this Groundwork Advent series, we’ll broaden our perspective on Christmas by following the thread of its promise from Genesis through the Psalms and Prophets to Revelation. Together we’ll study the Christmas story through the various lenses of the different parts of the Bible and deepen our appreciation for the immense gift of salvation, initiated when Jesus Christ was born among us.
Do you worry? In this life, there is a never-ending list of things we can worry about: the future, the safety of ourselves and our loved ones, our job security, home security, cancer, car accidents...not to mention, our eternal fate. Even the most faithful and dedicated believers occasionally find themselves wondering things like, “Have I done enough? Have I truly confessed all of my sins? Am I still saved?” Thankfully, Scripture offers us the antidote to these worries. In this Groundwork series, we’ll use a Reformed teaching tool called the Heidelberg Catechism to guide us as we delve into scriptures that assure us that we, indeed, belong body and soul in life and in death to our faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. Join us and find the comfort and confidence to lay your worries at Jesus’ feet and live for him.