Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we continue to travel through the New Testament letter from the Apostle Paul to the church at Colossae, we recall that we have been considering the subject of the new life that we have been granted most graciously in our Lord Jesus Christ. And we have discovered that this new inner spiritual life, freely bestowed to us by the Holy Spirit, is to manifest itself outwardly in several practical ways.
In our relationships with each other as fellow-members of Christ’s body.
As those who worship together under the authority of the Word of our God.
And as those who serve and glorify our Savior in all that we might do, or say, or even think!
In fact, as we discovered last Lord’s Day, “everything” that we engage in must be done “in the name of the Lord Jesus” while “giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (v. 17). We spoke of this as the fundamental test by which we must live out our daily lives—that all that we do is done under the authority of Christ our Lord, and for the glory of His wonderful name!
As we now come to Colossians 3:18, the Apostle will begin applying this test to the home, the most essential unit of human society. And here, in this larger paragraph that moves from 3:18-4:1, Paul will lay out what we might call a list of ‘household responsibilities’ to be performed in light of the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The bigger point here is that the power of the Gospel changes the home!
This Sunday we will look at the relationship between wives and husbands that is addressed in verses 18-19:
“Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.”
Along with this passage, let me also encourage you to study Ephesians 5:22-33 and 1 Peter 3:1-7.
Sunday School Resumes for All Ages This Week at 9:15 AM
And don’t forget that we will be offering a new class for Adults (it meets in the worship center). 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.
This week we will begin considering The Church Present. Topics to be covered under this heading are:
The Government of the Church: Understanding Church Leadership
The Sacraments of the Church: Understanding Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
The World and the Church: Understanding the Relationship Between the Church and Culture
I love you all, and look forward to seeing you on the Lord’s Day!!
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 15, 9 AM – Mother’s Morning Bible Study
January 20, 4 PM – Alleluia Choir at Church House
January 26, 3 PM – Senior Fellows Hockey Game
February 7, 11:30 AM – Women’s Monthly Lunch at Timbers Edge Clubhouse
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:
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty – Hymn 53, vs 1,3-5
Come Ye Souls By Sin Afflicted
Amazing Grace – Hymn 460, vs. 1-3, 6
The Precious Blood
Schedule: Our regular schedule for Sunday School and weekly Bible studies has resumed. Please check the calendar for announcements about particular events.
Alleluia Choir: Alleluia Choir resumes January 20 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.
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 Covenants.”
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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