Join Pastors Joe Naumann and Nathanael Mayhew as they dig into the Old Testament book of Esther. This is an interesting book that takes place late in the history of the Old Testament a little over 400 years before the time of Christ. It is set in the capital city of Persia following the Babylonian Captivity. It tells the story of God's work behind the scenes and through the lives of Esther and Mordecai, to preserve His Old Testament people from destruction. In this book we see that God puts people in particular places at important times so that He might use them in carrying out His plan of salvation. While God is never mentioned by name in the book, His fingerprints can be clearly seen in every event described in the book. God is in control! Join us to learn more about the important book of Esther and to grow in your understanding of God's plan of salvation.
Join Pastors Joe Naumann and Ben Libby in the second part of their study of the book of Philemon. Part two builds on the introduction to the book (Part 1) and gets into the book itself. They discuss the loving tone used by Paul in his writing to Philemon regarding his runaway slave. What is the application for us today? It shows us how we are to show love to our fellow believers. Join them for this review of a small but important book which deals with slavery and Christian love.
Join Pastors Joe Naumann and Ben Libby in this in depth look at Paul's letter to Philemon. This is one of the shortest books in the New Testament, and has been often misused and misunderstood throughout the past 2000 years. In part one of this study we will cover the background for the letter which was written by Paul while he was in prison. In addition they will discuss and explain the topic of slavery which does come up in a study of this letter. Learn what Scripture has to say about slavery and what it doesn't say about slavery. Join us next week for the second part of this study.
Pastors Neal Radichel and Nathanael Mayhew discuss the difficult book of Leviticus in the Old Testament. This is one of those books that many people give up trying to read because of all the laws recorded there. But those laws have a purpose. They point us to the problem of our sin, and the need to be reconciled to God. This is something we can't do on our own. Leviticus not only points us to what God desires of us (to be perfect, even as He is perfect), but also reveals His solution to our problem of sin. Through the sacrifices which are outlined in Leviticus we are pointed to the blood of another who would take our place and bear God's just judgment which we deserved. These point to Jesus the coming Savior, the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world. Understanding this gives us a better appreciation and understanding of Leviticus as a whole. May the Holy Spirit bless your study of this book that still has a message for us today!
Pastor Joe Naumann joins Nathanael Mayhew to take up a study of the intriguing and often misunderstood Book of Job. Job lived around the time of Abraham and deals with the subject of suffering. Many people are familiar with the name of Job and maybe some of what happened to him, but most know little of the rest of the book or its real purpose. We dig into that purpose and how it is developed in the suffering of Job, the incorrect view of Job's friends, and how God straightens it all out in the end. If you have struggled to understand the book of Job, you will want to join us as we journey through it!
This week, Pastor Ben Libby joins Pastor Tom Naumann for a look into the Old Testament book of Hosea. This is one of the "minor" prophets of the Old Testament who was sent to the northern kingdom of Israel at the same time that Isaiah and Micah prophesied to the southern tribe of Judah. Hosea was sent to call the people of Israel to repentance in a unique way, by marrying a prostitute named Gomer. Gomer's actions were a picture of the unfaithfulness of the people of Israel. The book also points us to Christ, who is found pointed to throughout the prophecy of this book. There is much for us to learn from this book still today as the LORD also calls us out of sin and to trust in His grace.
This week Pastors Tom Naumann and Nathanael Mayhew dig into the Old Testament book of Lamentations. Although the book does not name is writer, tradition holds that it was written by the prophet Jeremiah at the time of the destruction of Jerusalem in the 580's B.C. There are many parallels between Lamentations and the prophecy found in Jeremiah. The book is short, only 5 chapters, and records the "laments" or weeping of Jeremiah over the destruction of Jerusalem and the deportation of the people of Judah by the Babylonians. But it also mourns the sin of Judah which brought this judgment of God upon it. Still there is a glimmer of Hope, particularly in the middle of chapter 3, where Jeremiah places his confidence in the mercy of God which is "new every morning." Yes, even in tragedy and judgment, the LORD still would fulfill His promise and send a redeemer in the person of Jesus. Learn about all this and much more by listening to this overview of Lamentations.
In our Bible Study Pastors Tom Naumann and Nathanael Mayhew take us through a study of 2 Corinthians. This letter contains some of the most beautiful Gospel proclamations in all of Scripture. The emphasis is on God's strength in weakness, and Paul brings out this theme by focusing on a number of paradoxes including comfort through affliction, life through death, reconciliation through humiliation, and abundance through poverty. Our study will focus on these contrasts and encourage us to say with Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:10, "For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong."
Pastor Tom Naumann joins Nathanael Mayhew on Burden and Blessing to discuss Paul's first letter to the Corinthians. They dig into the background behind the letter, including what the city of Corinth was like and how the Christian congregation there started. This background is especially helpful in understanding some of the issues that Paul deals with in this letter. The city was a huge melting pot of different kinds of people who were both idolatrous and worldly. Matters of doctrine and instruction which Paul addresses in this letter include: unity in the church, sexual immorality, Christian marriage, and worship. In addition Paul gives valuable admonition and instruction on the Lord's Supper, spiritual gifts and the truth of the resurrection. We invite you to join us to learn more about this important and very applicable letter of Paul.
In our Bible Study this week Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Rob Sauers take us through a study of some of the sermons found in the book of Acts. The book of Acts contains twenty sermons or parts of sermons. These sermons provide us with examples of some of the emphases of those first messages. Those early discourses had a distinct Law/Gospel message and emphasis on Jesus’ resurrection much like our sermons do today. In our study, we’ll look at just a few of these sermons and observe how these first preachers were inspired to speak.