As we begin another Advent season we consider the word "angel" - those beings created by God and who serve as His messengers. We will review some of the examples in Scripture where the LORD sends His angels, and for what purpose. We will also look at how the LORD uses them to bring judgment upon the unbelieving and wicked and to protect or defend His own people. Thanks be to God for His powerful messengers who defend and protect us!
In our word of the Week we consider the word "Judgment". This is especially appropriate at the end of the church year as we consider the "End Times" and the Final Judgment and hear themes related to Judgment Day. True Judgment requires justice, that is a consistent standard that applies to everyone of all time. God has given us this standard in His Law, the Ten Commandments. This condemns us all. But God knows our problem of sin and sent His Son to live as God demanded of us and to pay the debt of our sin which we earned. As a result, God judges Christ in our place and, with the payment being made is able to justify sinners. By faith we received the results of Christ's work for us, and have the hope of everlasting life!
This week we consider the word "doctrine" -- a word which is looked down upon in our society today, but is very important in the life of a Christian. Doctrine means "teaching" and can be "sound" (that is good) or "false" (that which is not true).God gives doctrine in His word, and as Christians we rejoice that God's doctrine doesn't change and it is extremely important for our lives on this earth! For this reason it is something that we should know and also understand!
Do you know what a Catechism is? Simply, it is a book of instruction. In our word of the week today we will consider the word Catechism and learn why it is such an important tool for the Christian. It covers the basic teachings on the Bible, gathering passages on the same topic into one place so that you can see the big picture, and grow in your knowledge of what God has done. The Catechism is an extremely valuable resource for child and adult alike!
In our concluding Word of the Week in our Marriage series, we consider the word "submission" and "leadership." We go back to Ephesians 5 as we consider what God has to say about the roles of husbands and wives in their relationship to one another. The LORD says that husbands are to love their wives with a self sacrificing love, and wives are to respect and submit to their husbands. While this is rebelled against in our world today, this is an important and necessary principle that is needed in the marriage relationship, as it is in many relationships. This does not mean that the husband is better or more important than the wife, but rather about an important established order for the good of the family.
Join Pastor Tom Naumann as he defines the word Inspiration and describes the importance of this doctrine in Christianity. Inspiration expresses the truth that every word of the Bible is true because it comes from God. Literally it means: God breathed. God breathed the very words of Scripture into the writers of the Old and New Testament. Since it is God's Word there can be no errors. It is true, it is clear, and is everything that we need for salvation.
Today's word in our marriage series is the word "divorce." We will look at the legal side of this word in both the Old and New Testaments, as well as other words which are translated divorce and their meanings to get a better idea of what divorce is and its relationship to marriage. We will also look at what God has to say about divorce, which is important in a world and society that has little regard of God's blessing of marriage.
In our marriage series we consider the word spouse and what it means. We will dig into the root of the word which emphasized a pledge to become someone else's, and other terms that are often associated with it, namely, husband and wife. We will consider what God says about the length of the pledge that is made to one's spouse, and what that pledge involves both for the husband and for the wife. Join us as we dig into God's Word and listen to what he has to say about marriage and to spouses.
Join us for another word of the week in our marriage series, with the word engagement. Pastor Nathanael Mayhew will discuss the modern view of engagement and compare that with the ancient practice of betrothal and offer some thoughts to keep in mind when a person is considering getting married, with the understanding that who we marry can and will have a huge impact on our relationship with Christ.
In our Word of the Week series on marriage, today we consider God's warning against fornication. This is an important word to study and understand in our current "hook up culture" and in a society that encourages any behavior contrary to God's will. This word is a broad word describing any sexual activity outside of the marriage relationship. Any such activity God expressly condemns as contrary to His will and as sin. Through this command God desires to protect the marriage relationship which is the mechanism He intends to use to give rich blessings to us.