Join Pastors Ben Libby and Tom Naumann as they uncover the purpose and meaning of the Gospel of Luke which is the third account of the life, death and ministry of Jesus in the New Testament. They will dig into the background of the original writer who was a Gentile, and the purpose behind the writing of this Gospel. They will also look at some of the unique characteristics of the Gospel and how it is distinct from the other Gospels.
Pastors Ben Libby and Nathanael Mayhew dig into the Old Testament history recorded in First and Second Samuel. Review with them the history of God's people as they transition from the period of the Judges and the Theocracy to the period of the Kings and a monarchy. These books were originally one book in Hebrew, but were separated when it was translated into Greek. Even through all of this, the LORD was still in control and worked through the good and the bad of the kings that would follow. We can learn from the failures of even great men of God, who fell into temptation, but God remains faithful and offers forgiveness even for the greatest of sins. These books point us to the Savior who would come from the line of David and establish an eternal kingdom.
God is Love. What does that mean? While the world may take that passage from first John and use it for all different kinds of purposes, we see from this letter what that Love really is. Love is Jesus, being both true God and true Man, coming to earth, being seen by people like John, and dying on the cross for the sins of the whole world. The only way that we can love is by being in His love and being in His light. Of course, the sinner does not want to remain in this light and love, but because He has given us His spirit of love, we can believe that we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. We love because He first loved us!
Pastor Radichel and Pastor Libby dig into the book of Ruth in light of what it has to say about the subject of marriage. We see good examples in this book of love and submitting, the two things that husbands and wives are to do. Ruth was submissive in asking Boaz for help, and Boaz showed her love in becoming her kinsman-redeemer. We also look at examples of things that we should try to avoid in our marriage, such as bitterness and pride. We also look at things to we should do to strengthen our marriages. It all goes back to Christ, who loved us and gave Himself up for us!
This week we move to another New Testament letter: the letter of Jude. We will discuss who this Jude was and to whom he was writing. More importantly, we will look at his message both to the early New Testament Christians and to us still today. We will also discuss a couple of the more difficult questions surrounding this book, such as the reference to the "Book of Enoch" and the parallels to 2 Peter 2. Join us as we dig into this short but powerful New Testament letter and encouragement to the Church of all time!
What does a 2000 year old letter to a young pastor working on an island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea have to say to us today? A great deal! Paul wrote to Titus in order to encourage him and direct him in his work of organizing the church of Crete, but this short letter also lays out beautifully a summary of Christian doctrine which serves us still today. He describes the work of Jesus as true God, the Savior of all, the atonement for sin, the Trinity, the work of the Holy Spirit, Justification and Sanctification and much more. This letter continues to instruct and encourage us still today!
Join Pastors Ben Libby and Nathanael Mayhew as they dig into the last letter written by the Apostle Paul. This very personal letter written to his companion and fellow co-worker is personal as Paul reflects on his impending death in prison. Paul also highlights the importance of the Word of God and the Christian's responsibility to hold fast to that Word and the preach it faithfully and accurately for the sake of others. While it is one of the pastoral letters it also offers important lessons and encouragement for every Christian.
Malachi is probably most familiar for being the last book of the Old Testament in our English Bibles... But this final prophet of the Old Testament played a very important role in the lives of God's Old Testament people as he prepared them for the coming of the Savior. His message, like that of all of God's true prophets was one of Law and Gospel, revealing the problem of our sin, and the salvation won by God through the "Sun of Righteousness." And there is much for us to learn from this message as well!
As we continue our study of the Old Testament books Pastors Ben Libby and Nathanael Mayhew walk us through the book of Ezra. This is one of the historical books of the Old Testament, and fits into the time of Haggai and Zechariah and gives us the historical background for those books. It includes a lot of lists and families which can be difficult to pronounce but help us to understand that time frame where the book of Chronicles leaves off. The book picks up and covers the time of Ezra himself about 60 years later with another return of the captives and some of the reforms that were carried out by Ezra in his work and ministry. The purpose of the book is to show the fulfillment of God's promises to His people!
How does Matthew differ from the other Gospels as he describes the events of Holy Week? During this Lenten study of Matthew's Gospel, Pastors Ben Libby and Nathanael Mayhew will highlight some of the unique features of Matthew's description of the final events of Christ life and ministry. Fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies play an important role. The words of Jesus take on a very small role, but the words of Jesus that He does record are directed to the Jewish people and the work which Jesus came to accomplish for them and all. Deepen your appreciation of Matthew and his perspective of Christ's suffering and death in this Lenten study!