Beloved Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
This coming Lord’s Day we will be continuing our study of Colossians, and that portion of Paul’s letter that addresses the subject of ‘The New Life at Home,’ or ‘The Lordship of Christ Over the Household’ (Colossians 3:18-4:1).
And you will recall how we have learned that there are critical duties and responsibilities given by the Lord that relate to each of the three components of the first-century household:
the husband and the wife,
the parents and the children,
and the master and the bondservants (a relationship that we will identify and study next Lord’s Day).
But this Sunday morning we will be looking once again at what Paul has to say regarding the relationship between parents and their children, with a special emphasis upon “fathers” and “children.”
As we have in our previous messages, we are going to see how God’s saving and transforming grace in our Lord Jesus Christ not only changes our individual lives, but how it also completely revolutionizes the home, and especially the way the father disciplines and trains the children.
As we examine Colossians 3:21, we will also be taking a very close look at Ephesians 6:4 where Paul lays out the same instructions for Christian fathers, but with some helpful additions. When we set these two passage side-by-side, a fuller picture of the role of the father comes into view:
Colossians 3:21—“Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.”
Ephesians 6:4—“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
In addition to learning what the Bible says to earthly fathers, we will also discover much about our Heavenly Father. Any study of fatherhood must take us ultimately to the One we have come to know as “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15) by means of faith in His Only Begotten Son.
I love you all so dearly, and look forward to our time of study and worship this Lord’s Day!
January 27, 4 PM – Alleluia Choir at Church House
January 29, 9 AM – Mother’s Morning Bible Study
January 29, 6 PM – Women’s Evening Bible Study at the Church
January 30, 10 AM – Women’s Morning Bible Study at the Church
February 3, 4:30 PM – Youth Group
February 5, 9 AM – Senior Fellows Breakfast
February 7, 11:30 AM – Women’s Monthly Lunch at Timbers Edge Clubhouse
February 10, 12 PM – Second Sunday Fellowship Lunch
February 16, 9 AM – Senior Fellows Disaster Response Training
February 19, 10 AM – Senior Fellow Bill Cowley Life Story/ Testimony
February 20, 6 PM – Deacons Meeting
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:
All Creatures Of Our God and King – Hymn 115, vs. 1,2,5
To Thee I Come
Fairest Lord Jesus – Hymn 170, vs 1-3
Wonderful Merciful Savior
VBS: Mark your calendars! We’ll get to be sea explorers, following Jonah as he flees, then faces, the God who wouldn’t let him go! July 15-18 2019
Alleluia Choir: Alleluia Choir continues Sunday from 4:00-4:45 pm in the Church House. All second graders through age 12 are encouraged to join us. There will be six sessions, with practice wrapping up on February 24.
Senior Fellows: On Tuesday, February 5 at 9:00 AM the Senior Fellows will enjoy breakfast, fellowship and a devotional at the Church House. On Saturday, February 16 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Mission to North America (MNA), Providence Presbytery, and Christ Presbyterian Church will host a disaster response team training session. Lunch will be provided. Topics include Initial Assessment of Disaster Sites and Church/Team Preparation. Contact Alan Cockrell for more information. On Tuesday, February 19 at 10:00 AM Bill Cowley will give his Life Story and Testimony. We will meet at the Church House, and a chili lunch will be provided. Members and Visitors welcome.
Men’s Spring Retreat: I am excited to announce that we will be having our Spring Men’s Retreat at Guntersville State Park March 29-30, 2019. We will be spending Friday night at the lodge, having dinner Friday night and breakfast Saturday morning. We are planning four teaching sessions; topic to be announced soon. Expect dinner at 5:45 PM Friday and we will end at noon on Saturday. The rooms will be double occupancy so start planning on someone to share a room with. I will be sharing more information in the coming weeks. I am seeking some volunteers to plan possible activities for Friday prior to our dinner and/or Saturday after lunch. Ideas include golf, fishing, and hiking but you my have other ideas. If you are willing to take this on please let me know. Please plan on joining us. – Mark Cooper
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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