Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
It has been quite a while since we have considered the Epistle to the Colossians for our Sunday messages. But having finished Advent and come to the end of yet another year, we will return to our walk through this Epistle, written by the Apostle Paul from prison in the great city of Rome.
I cannot think of a better place to be this coming Lord’s Day morning than in Colossians 3:17. In our Father’s wonderful providence, we have arrived at the final Sunday of the year at what is both a perfect verse to end the year on, but also to begin another! If there was ever a verse from the Word of God that would launch us off into a fresh set of days, it is this one!
You will remember that in this section of his letter, Paul has been showing his readers a beautiful picture of the new life that we have been granted by faith in the Lord Jesus. And he has done so in terms of putting off the “old,” and putting on the “new.” The amazing transformation that God’s grace makes in us who have believed upon His Son is depicted in 3:9-10 as putting off “the old self with its practices,” and putting on “the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.”
And then, in this same chapter, we have set before us a wonderful depiction of this “new self,” which all who know our Savior have been given. We see this in verses 12-15.
And you will also remember that in verse 16 the Apostle has described how the Church should worship as we are gathered each Lord’s Day. Christ’s “word” should “dwell” in each of us “richly,” and there should be the “singing” of all kinds of music “with thankfulness” in our “hearts” toward our God.
And then, as we arrive at verse 17, Paul will reveal to his readers what is, perhaps, the most important rule for believers in Christ to live by. In this one simple verse, we discover the key test to apply to every situation, to every word and thought, and to every action we might engage in.
He says: “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
What a joy it will be to explore this verse with you all on Sunday!!
No Sunday School This Week
Just one more reminder that there is no Sunday School this week. We will resume on Sunday January 6 at 9:15 AM.
Beginning on that Sunday, we will be offering a new class for Adults. It’s entitled “The Church: Present and Future.” We will be exploring some very important themes in our theology that have to do with the Church here and now, and the Church in the future.
Topics will include:
The Church Present—
The Sacraments of the Church: Understanding Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
The Government of the Church: Understanding Church Leadership
The World and the Church: Understanding the Relationship Between the Church and Culture
The Church Future—
The Church and Israel: How is the Church Related to Israel, and How Does Present Day Israel Figure into the End Times Prophecies of Scripture?
The Church and the Intermediate State: What Happens Between Death and the Second Coming?
The Church and Heaven: What Will Heaven Really Be Like?
Have most blessed weekend, and remember my love and constant prayers for you all!
January 3, 11:30 AM – Women’s Monthly Lunch at Timbers Edge Clubhouse
January 8, 9 AM – Senior Fellows Breakfast at Church House
January 8, 6 PM – Women’s Evening Bible Study at the Church
January 9, 10 AM – Women’s Morning Bible Study at the Church
January 13, 12 PM – Second Sunday Fellowship Lunch
January 26, 3 PM – Senior Fellows Hockey Game
Order of Worship:
You can access this week’s Order of Worship by clicking here
If you’d like to sing the songs with your family beforehand, the songs for this week are:
And Can It Be – Hymn 455 v.1,3-5
What Wondrous Love Is This? – Hymn 261 v.1-3
Be Unto Your Name
Before the Throne
Schedule: Sunday is the last session of Sunday School for the year. On December 23 and December 30 we will meet for fellowship at 10 AM followed by our service of worship at 10:30. Our regular Sunday School schedule will resume on January 6.
Baby Nursery Volunteers: I have set up our volunteer schedule for spring semester. Please grab a date or two there if you are able. This website sends a reminder to you two days prior so that you won’t forget.
Bible Studies for Women: I want to remind anyone who is interested in participating in the Wednesday morning or Tuesday night Bible studies to order your books from Lifeway.com if you haven’t already done so. It’s the Jen Wilkins study on the “God of Covenents.”
Senior Fellows: The Senior Fellows will meet on Tuesday, January 8 at 9 AM for breakfast at the Church House and will attend the Huntsville Havoc Hockey Game on Saturday, January 26 at 3 PM at the VBC. Visitors are welcome. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Group: There is a presbytery-wide winter retreat coming up, the Roots retreat, January 25-27, 2019 at Camp ToknowHim. You can get more info by clicking here. The base price is $100 for the weekend. $110 with the t-shirt, and $122 for t-shirt plus the extreme hike. Students can make the checks payable to our church.
Healing: Please pray for the health of the following individuals: Bill Cowley, Larrabee Kirkland, Cynthia Dent, Katie Dyer, Suzanne Nimon, Robin Holloway, Chris Smotherman, Elizabeth Holton, Janet Chou, Ramona Edwards, and Nolan Osmer.
Ministries: Please pray for the following missionaries and ministries: Seth and Jessica Lewis (Ireland); Steve and Rita Williams (New Zealand); Vinnie and Molly Athey (RUF at UAH); RUF at Alabama A&M; Ken and Angie Burnett (FCA); Franky Garcia (seminary student).
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