Winterfest is a weekend youth conference filled with great speakers, inspiring worship, and unforgettable entertainment. This year’s theme is “Weave”. The cost is $125 which includes transportation, registration, 2 nights at the hotel and a T-shirt. Please bring additional money for 5 meals. To register, please click on the link below.
Peter warns that not everyone will buy into the story of Scripture, and many will doubt the claims of Christ. However, Peter reminds his readers that God is powerful, that his word is true and that he will return. Therefore, Peter calls God’s people to live ready!
Having read this year through the story of Scripture, Revelation proves to be a perfect completion—not simply because it’s the last book in the Bible or because it deals with the end of times but because it draws on so much of what’s preceded. John describes a new heaven and earth, a new city, a new temple, a new garden. All things have been renewed and restored through Christ, and for this God and the Lamb are worthy of all praise and honor and worship!
In Revelation, John shows his readers what lies ahead, and more importantly, who will reign supreme. John knows that a clear picture of our future in Christ will transform the way we live today.
In Hebrews, we find a group of believers on the verge of giving up. They are tired of the pressures they face in their journey of faith and are contemplating calling it quits. Rather than berate them or demean them, the writer of Hebrews attempts to adjust their vision. He focuses them on their superior Savior, calling them to fix their eyes on Jesus.
Calling all MEN! Join us Friday – Saturday, January 10 – 11, 2014 for a day of tree cutting, great food, fellowship, “manly” contests and more at Camp of the Hills in Marble Falls, Texas. Camp of the Hills is the location for our yearly junior high mission trip. This is a great opportunity for fathers, sons, grandfathers and our Men’s Ministry to partner with Camp of the Hills for a weekend of service and fellowship. $20 per person provides 3 man-size meals on Saturday and cabin lodging for Friday and/or Saturday night. Pack for out door work including boots, gloves, chain saws, axes, and bow saws. Bunk style cabins require bedding or sleeping bags.Transportation is on your own or feel free to commute with other men.
Raised and exalted by God, Christ is now seated in the heavenly realms ruling over the entire cosmos. Amazingly, because of his great love for us, God has raised us, too, and seated us with Christ in these heavenly realms. In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul peels back a layer of awareness that he might open our eyes to this reality and welcome us to this new age in which Christ reigns as Lord.
Join us for a great couple’s weekend at Pine Cove in Columbus, November 8-9. Eric and Jenny Fridge will facilitate a weekend that will renew and energize your marriage. There will also be plenty of time for fun, such as horseback riding, the zip line, canoeing, and of course the coffee bar. Registration is $200 and includes retreat sessions, recreation activities, 3 meals at the ranch and each couple will enjoy a 1 night stay in a private room. Join us for this adult’s only weekend of relaxation and transformation. But hurry space is limited!
Here’s a preview of the schedule:
7-8 pm Arrival (dinner is on your own prior to arrival)
8pm Worship and intro
8:30 Session 1
9:30 Fellowship time until bed
8:30 am Breakfast
9:30 Worship and Session 2
10:45 30 minute Coffee Break at Pine Cove Coffee Shop
11:15 Session 3
12:15pm 15 min Break
1:30 Camp Activities – Horseback Riding, Zipline, canoeing etc.
6:30 Worship and Session 5 -Wrap up and conclusion time
As the Corinthians contemplate Christ and culture, Paul points them to the example of the Israelites. In spite of their exodus from Egypt, God’s people waivered in the desert in their dedication to him. Their example prompts the question—what do you do with God’s deliverance? How do you live in light of what he has done? Paul calls both the Corinthians and us to a daily decision of absolute devotion.
To this point in our Bible Boot Camp series, we have considered two aspects of the interpretive process—exegesis and hermeneutics. Proper study begins by determining what the text originally meant, and it then continues by appropriately applying that word to our world today. However, if done in isolation, our interpretation is limited and incomplete. Discernment acknowledges our need to hear the voice of other believers who are also committed to the study of Scripture. Effective interpretation necessitates conversation as a community of faith.
In Acts 15, we discover the early church engaged in such a process. As Gentiles become believers, the Christian community considers whether or not these conversions should also include certain Jewish customs. It is only as the church gathers to discuss both their understandings of Scripture and their experiences of recent events that they are able to collectively determine God’s desires. Furthermore, in doing so, they discover God working in their world in ways they had never imagined. Discernment, then, recognizes the need for God’s people to study and interpret God’s word together in community.
Therefore, using Acts 15 as our framework, we will discuss the following aspects of the discernment process (Click on the Title of the lesson to listen to the Lesson):
Jesus-centered by Louis Warren—Is Scripture more about a pattern or a person? And if we recognize that person as Jesus, how will he impact the community’s discernment process?
Spirit-guided by Keith Arnold—What role does the Spirit play in the community’s discernment process? How does the Spirit use not only the text but also personal and communal experience to help shape our understanding?
Community-oriented by Nathan Walker—In what ways does the community add depth to the discernment process? Given our cultural context, how might we create opportunities for this kind of communal involvement?
Open-minded by Derek McKaskle—How do we maneuver the personal and emotional aspects of the discernment process? How do we balance the tension between an open-mind and firm convictions?
Loving-hearted by Ian Nicas—Why is love necessary to the community’s discernment process? How can we ensure that love characterizes both our conversations and our conclusions?