On May 1st, the church remembers the Apostle Philip. Philip was not one of the most familiar of the apostles, but he was possibly the first to be called by Jesus as a disciple. He was from the city of Bethsaida in Galilee, and has a close relationship to Nathanael (John 1). Join us as we study the scriptures to learn more about Philip and then learn from Philip's example as a follower of Jesus. We will be motivated by his zeal and encouraged by his faithfulness as we too strive to point others to Jesus of Nazareth, "of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote" (John 1:45).
As we continue our journey through Genesis as we resume the account of the flood in chapters 7-9. We will review the two sources of the water for the flood and some of the chronology for the flood. How long did the water fall? How long was Noah on the ark? We will also look at the effects of the flood, address more evidence for a world-wide flood, and deal questions about finding Noah's ark today. Finally they will look at the meaning of the rainbow and Noah's beautiful response after the flood was over. Join Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Mark Tiefel as they continue though this important book of Genesis and both rediscover and discuss its revealed truths which continue to have a important bearing on our lives today.
Join Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Neal Radichel as they look back on this series and reflect on the journey. This series was different, challenging, but intended to be devotional. The Bible is the most important book, and it records the most important history. What it records is true and it is necessary, because with out it we are in danger. God is our shield, our protection.
Nathanael's series summary verse: "Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him." (Proverbs 30:5 ESV)
Neal's series summary verse: "But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name." (Jn. 20:31 NKJV)
The book of Revelation is often seen as a scary book, and is even avoided by many Christians. But it is an important book and its main purpose is to remind us that we live in a sin-filled dangerous world with many enemies, but Jesus wins in the end! The warnings, the power and glory, the victory of Christ our Lamb soaks through this letter. He is our King and our God! Our summary verse is from Revelation 21:4: “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” – (KJV)
This third letter of John is very short and has an emphasis on truth and what is "good" in these closing days of the NT. Truth and "goodness" are not relative words that are different for each person, but objectively true for all people because they are established and defined by God. Our summary verse is from 3 John 11: “Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.” – (HCSB)
This second letter of John was written to the church. It has the assurance to us that God's Word doesn't change. Love" is a distinguishing feature, but needs to be appropriately defined. Love is the message of God's Word as seen in the work of Jesus for us. We also pass that love on to others. Our summary verse is from 2 John 1:5: “And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another." – (NKJV)
You will find an emphasis on true and false teaching in 1 John. It has has always been a mark of the true church to distinguish between what is true and false. John points to errors about the nature of Jesus, the nature of sin, the role of sanctification in the life of a Christian and more. No teaching of Scripture is unimportant. If God has given it, it is for our good, and we are called to defend it and proclaim it faithfully. Our summary verse is from 1 John 4:1: “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” – (CSB)
Join Pastors Neal Radichel and Ben Libby for a review of Genesis 22 and application to the suffering and death of Jesus. The accounts is called the testing of Abraham, or the sacrifice of Isaac, and is full of imagery that connects to the sacrifice and death of Jesus for us. Join them as they dig into these verses and enrich our Lenten meditation on this Good Friday.
John's gospel is unique in that it focuses on the person and power of Jesus, the Word made flesh. It details His miracles. It details His "I am" statements and His words from the cross. We thought this summary statement was fitting. Because Jesus not only has the words of eternal life, Jesus is the Word... the way, the truth, and the life! Our summary verse is from John 6:68: “Simon Peter answered, “Lord, to whom will we go? You have the words of eternal life.” – (CSB)
Jude was dealing with false teaching and false thinking that was infiltrating the church. His purpose is to motivate Christians to be faithful to their calling and to stand up for the truth of God's Word. The phrase "contend earnestly" is one word in Greek and means to "fight" or "strive" or "go to battle". This is serious. We are at war. War is costly. It require sacrifice, commitment, determination. We have to know what is at stake! Jude's words are especially fitting in our modern world today. Our summary verse is from Jude 1:3: “Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” – (NKJV)