Our Pastor Search Committee was commissioned this morning. Please keep them and their work in your prayers!
An Introduction to Wisdom Literature.
From Pastor Ted:
For what may be my last opportunity to teach a Bible study, I wanted to consider materials less frequently examined. With that in mind, I zeroed in on the wisdom literature (of the Old Testament). The Psalms are commonly studied, the Proverbs might be too diverse for a cohesive/comprehensive study, Job might require an advanced degree in theology/philosophy, and Song of Solomon … well, might be too risqué for an old, conservative individual like me. Ecclesiastes seems to be just right.
Over nine lessons, I’m using two curricula of R.C. Sproul. On this Sunday, June 2, I’m going to begin a five-part study that I’m titling An Introduction to Wisdom Literature. This Sunday will truly be an introduction, and the subsequent lessons will examine “Proverbs,” “The Nature of Wisdom,” “The Psalms,” and “Ecclesiastes, Job, and the Song of Solomon.” (After this 5-part study, I’ll then lead a 4-lesson study of Ecclesiastes.)
Concerned with the moral decadence and cultural decay of his day, the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates believed that “right knowledge led to proper conduct.” The ancient Jews, however, believed that wisdom is found in knowing the one, sovereign God, and knowing all that we can possibly know about His character. To be learned is not enough, nor is it enough to simply say, “I have a personal relationship with Jesus, and that’s all I need. I don’t need to know the Bible or theology.” A proper respect for God doesn’t allow us to stop there. Ignorance breeds foolishness, while the knowledge of God is more precious than rubies and pearls.
This Sunday, I want us to consider …
– the importance/role of education,
– “the fear of the Lord,”
– to be satisfied with “knowing Jesus.”
I hope you’ll join me at 8:30 a.m., in the Adult Sunday School room (Room 11 on the lower level).
All women are cordially invited (and free to bring a friend!) to our Summer Women’s Bible Study, which begins Wednesday, June 5 at 9:30 a.m. Led by Pat Hess and Amy Ward, we will be doing a verse-by-verse study of 1 Peter.
The Session of Christ Alone Church calls a meeting of the congregation for Sunday June 2, 2019, in the sanctuary, following the conclusion of the 10 a.m. Worship Service. The purposes of the meeting are to review the Church Information Form, to determine the size of the Pastor Search Committee, and to elect its members.
You are invited to join us for a study of A Clash of Kingdoms, by historian and Bible teacher Ray Vander Laan, which will begin Sunday, April 28.
From the product description:
“In this fifteenth volume of That The World May Know®, discover how Paul communicated the Good News of Christ to Philippi, a Roman colony that worshipped false gods. Can you live the message as Paul did while he encouraged the church in Philippi to consider itself a colony of heaven, not Rome? Consider your citizenship and the message you convey to the world as Ray Vander Laan takes you deeper into the culture of ancient Philippi.”
The Adult Bible Study class meets on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. in Room 11 on the lower level. Please contact Caroline Tromble or Jodi Buntin for more information.
A Meal Train has been set up for the Henkels. Here are some of the details:
A Meal Train for Henkels begins on April 18th. They have requested that food be delievered between 4:30p.m. – 5:30 p.m. as they eat at 5:30 p.m. No cucumbers or melons, please.
Looking to chase away the winter blues? We will be holding two Popcorn & a Movie Nights in March!
On Friday, March 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall (lower level), we will be showing the movie, Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer. From the movie’s description:
The film is the shocking true story of the investigation and trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell – his 30 year killing spree and the political and media establishment that tried to cover it up. Originally investigated for illegal prescription drug sales, a raid by DEA, FBI & local law enforcement revealed crimes they could not have expected within the clinic.
Based on the NY Times Bestseller — Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer.
Because of the sensitive nature of this film (we do not recommend that children or youth sensitive to this type of content), we will also be showing Shaun the Sheep in our Youth Room for children during this time.
On Friday, March 29, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall (lower level), we will be showing Christopher Robin. From the movie’s description:
In this heartwarming tale, Christopher Robin, the boy who had countless adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood, has grown up and lost his way. Now it’s up to his spirited and loveable stuffed animals, Winnie The Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and the rest of the gang, to rekindle their friendship and remind him of endless days of childlike wonder and make-believe, when doing nothing was the very best something.
This movie is appropriate for all ages.
There is no charge for Popcorn & a Movie Night, and popcorn and beverages will be served.
You are invited to Secret Church 19: Prayer, Fasting, and the Pursuit of God, on Friday, April 26. We are asking that participants arrive at 5:30 p.m. to get some food and find a place to sit. Wear comfortable clothing, as the simulcast will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will run until midnight (or a little later).
What is Secret Church? Secret Church is a concentrated, intense Bible study. From the Secret Church website:
“The idea behind Secret Church comes from time David Platt spent teaching and ministering among underground Asian house-churches. Due to hostility from the government, from the surrounding community, and even from their own family, many of our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world are forced to gather in secret, sometimes at the risk of their lives.
The plight of our persecuted brothers and sisters also explains why prayer for the persecuted church is a major part of every Secret Church gathering. We remember those who cannot meet openly, asking God to sustain their faith, to change the hearts and the actions of their persecutors, and to use their witness for the spread of the gospel.”
This year’s theme is Prayer, Fasting, and the Pursuit of God … from the Secret Church description:
“Our culture is constantly telling us that we can achieve anything we set our mind to. Sadly, many followers of Christ and many churches have adopted this self-sufficient mindset, relying on their own wisdom and abilities instead of relying on God. But what if we were never intended to be self-sufficient? And what if God has designed us so that our greatest satisfaction is found as we depend on Him fully for everything we need?
In Secret Church 19 we’ll take an in-depth look at the Bible’s teaching on prayer and fasting. We’ll see that our inabilities and weaknesses are the very place where God meets us with His strength and sufficiency. We’ll also see that faithfulness to the mission of Christ requires depending on the Spirit of Christ. Through prayer and fasting, we demonstrate our need for God’s power and our desire for His glory.”
For more information, see https://secretchurch.radical.net/
There is no cost for this event, but study guides are limited – please register by emailing info (at) christalonechurch.org with the names and number of participants.
Registration has been extended to April 15!
Join us each Wednesday, from November 28 through December 19, at 5:30 p.m. for a simple supper and an Advent message, to help prepare our hearts for the coming Savior.
A table beautifully decorated. A delicious dessert served. The Christmas story read. Beautiful music. Favorite friends. Join us immediately following worship for our annual Advent Social – make sure to invite family and friends for this wonderful time together. Please watch for a sign up sheet on the Narthex table, and see Claudia Merck if you have questions.