Beloved Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
This coming Sunday we will complete our ‘ Tour of the Seven Wonders of Jesus Our Lord’ as we examine the words of Hebrews 1:3.
There we read that, “ After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”
It is here that we encounter the final two of the seven glorious attributes of our Savior. First, He has secured for all time the full salvation of all who have believed upon Him. And secondly, He has taken His seat at the Father’s right hand, and now rules all of heaven and earth!
Once again, we will seek not only to understand the full meaning of these phrases, but also how these magnificent descriptions of Jesus powerfully move us to greater faithfulness, loyalty, and love for Him.
New Adult Sunday School Class Begins This Week!
Also on this coming Lord’s Day, I will begin teaching a new Adult Sunday School Class on the subject of ‘ How We Got the Bible.’
As we engage this very important topic, we will seek to address a number of issues that will help us to have more confidence in God’s written Word.
Some of the key matters we will tackle in this class are:
- How were the Old and New Testaments formed, and when?
- How do we know that the 39 books of the Old Testament are the ‘right ones’?
- How do we know that the 27 books of the New Testament are the ‘right ones’?
- What do the words “canon” and “canonization” mean?
- How can we know that the Words of Scripture are true?
- What about the other ‘gospels,’ and other ‘epistles’ (purportedly written by the apostles) that are not included in the New Testament?
- Why were some of the books that are in the Bible seriously questioned?
- Does archaeology help us to better understand how we got the Bible?
- Should we also include the Apocrypha among those books referred to as ‘Holy Scripture’?
If you would like to read along with us as we cover these topics, below is a list of recommended books. Those in bold print are a bit easier to read.
Bruce, F. F. The Canon of Scripture. InterVarsity, 1988.
Comfort, Phillip W., ed. The Origin of the Bible. Tyndale, 1992.
Frame, John. The Doctrine of the Word of God. See Part 4, ‘How the Word Comes to Us’ (especially chapters 17-23).
Grudem, Wayne, and C. John Collins and Thomas R. Schreiner, eds. Understanding Scripture: An Overview of the Bible’s Origin, Reliability, and Meaning. Crossway, 2012.
Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology. Zondervan, 1996. See Part I, ‘The Doctrine of the Word of God’ (chapters 2-8).
Kruger, Michael. Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books. Crossway, 2012.
Reeves, Michael, and Charles E. Hill. Know How We Got Our Bible. Zondervan, 2018.
Have a blessed weekend, and I can’t wait to see you on Sunday!
All my love, always,
These are upcoming events and activities over the next few days at Christ Presbyterian Church.
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 v.1,2,5
Amazing Grace – Hymn 460 v.1-3,6
To Thee I Come
You Are My King
Women’s bible studies and monthly fellowship lunches are on-going. Check the church website for dates and times.
Save the date for our Women’s Quarterly Dinner which will be on Monday, Feb 24 th at 6pm at the home of Jan Bailey. Signup Link: https://www.perfectpotluck.com/GZCC8055
Two Spring Bridal Showers are coming up for 2 of our young ladies, so mark your calendars for Allison Perry, daughter of Sheron and Michael Perry, on Sunday, March 15th from 2-4pm at the home of Carol Calvert and Lauren Tepool on Sunday, April 26th from 2-4pm at the home of Sarah Burgess.
Save the Date for a fun afternoon of crafting (Crafternoon!) on Saturday, February 15th, from 2 to 3:30 pm at the church. Fellowship is open to grades 3rd thru 8th grade, and you are welcome to bring a friend or neighbor. Please RSVP HERE so that we have enough supplies. Guys and gals are welcome! For anyone who wants to help (high school and older), email Kerry Tameling to be involved.
VBS Survey Results
It appears the best date for VBS 2020 is July 13th to the 16th. Please mark your calendars and plan to help or attend! Get excited because this year’s theme is OLYMPICS!
Sonny Henry life story/chili lunch on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 10:00 AM at the Church
The men are meeting at Panera at Bridge Street on Tuesdays at 6 AM to study Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion. If interested, email email@example.com
Continuing each Sunday at 5:30pm , the Career/Singles group will meet at the Daughtry’s house at 5726 Jones Valley Dr, 35802. Email them to get involved.
Youth Bible Study for Middle and High School continues February 16 from 4:30-6:15 PM.
Second Sunday Lunches:
Take Note! The remaining Spring dates are as follows: March 8th, April 5th (will be early because of Easter Sunday on the 12th) and May 3rd (will be early because of Mother’s Day on the 10th). Please contact Denise Brown firstname.lastname@example.org to offer your help. Thank you very much!
Healing: Please pray for the health of the following individuals: Bill Dent, Suzi Jones, Sharon O’Neil, Jacky Haynes, Steve Terry, John Baxter, Bill Cowley, Larrabee Kirkland, Elizabeth Holton, Janet Chou, and Nolan Osmer.
Expecting: Please pray for the Brackins, expecting in March, and the Elliotts, expecting in May.
Ministries: Please pray for the following missionaries and ministries: Seth and Jessica Lewis (Ireland); Steve and Rita Williams (New Zealand); Noah and Karleigh Stephens (Thailand); Vinnie and Molly Athey (RUF at UAH); RUF at Alabama A&M; Ken and Angie Burnett (FCA); Franky and Alaina Garcia (church plant in Canada); Dieter Paulson (church plant in Scottsboro, AL); The Huntsville Pregnancy Resource Center.
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