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A Survey of Church History, Part 2
by W. Robert Godfrey of Ligonier Ministries
Our word “medieval” comes from the Latin terms medium and aevum, which mean “middle age.” Neglected by some and romanticized by others, the period of the Middle Ages is important for understanding the triumphs and struggles of Christians in Europe and the Mediterranean world during the thousand-year period between the decline of the Roman Empire and the emergence of modern Europe.
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A Survey of Church History, Part 1
by W. Robert Godfrey of Ligonier Ministries
Christianity is a historic faith propelled forward in time from past causes and effects. The church posesses a rich history and has inherited doctrine throughout the ages that has allowed it to understand Scripture better and to wroship the Lord in greater knowledge and veracity. This study will examine the first 500 years of the church in order to illuminate the impact of the early church so that the chruch today might know itself and its God better. This particular study lays the historical context for the most dynmaic moment in the history of the chruch and the world: the incarantion of the Son of God.
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Great Sermons Study
We're taking a look/listen to a few sermons from the past. This collection of sermons was compiled after taking suggestions from the church body into consideration. These sermons are notable for one reason or another and provide us with a good sampling of some impactful preaching and the elements that are included in such addresses. We will see the Centrality of Christ and the Cross, the Sovereignty of God, the Imporatnce of Prayer, the Authority of the Bible, the reality of sin, death, judgment, and hell, the Call to repentance and faith, and the importance of standing up for our beliefs. Some of these messages are only transcripts, others only audio/video, and some have both.
3/20/19 - “Boasting Only in the Cross” by John Piper (2000), audio/video/transcript
4/3/19 - “The Curse Motif of the Anonement” by R.C. Sproul (2008), video
4/17/19 - “How to Play Church” by John MacArthur, audio & transcript
5/1/19 - “Bring the Book” by Steven Lawson (2011), audio
5/8/19 - “Why You Can Believe The Bible” by Voddie Baucham (2014), audio
5/15/19 - “Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards (1741), audio
5/29/19 - “Whether We Live or Die” by W.A. Criswell, video
6/5/19 - “As One With Authority” by Al Mohler (2009), audio
Praying the Bible, by Donald S. Whitney
When you pray, does it ever feel like you're just saying the same old things about the same old things?
Offering us the encouragement and the practical advice we're all looking for, Donald S. Whitney, best-selling author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, outlines an easy-to-grasp method that has the power to transform our prayer life: praying the words of Scripture.
Simple, yet profound, Praying the Bible will prove invaluable as you seek to commune with your heavenly Father in prayer each and every day.
A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World, by Paul Miller
PRAYER is simply you - a child of a good Father - making conversation with him a rhythm of your life. For most of us, prayer is so hard that unless circumstances demand it, we simply do not pray. Prayerlessness is rooted in unbelief.
Because of prayerlessness, our lives are often marked by fear, anxiety, joylessness, and spiritual lethargy. If prayerlessness marks your life more often than not, A Praying Life is for you. Now with added chapters on prayers of lament and further guidance for using prayer cards, Paul Miller introduces us to prayer that regularly and consistently hopes, trusts, and expects God to act.
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, by J.I. Packer
If God is in control of everything, can Christians sit back and not bother to evangelize? Or does active evangelism imply that God is not really sovereign at all?
J. I. Packer shows how both of these attitudes are false. In a careful review of the biblical evidence, he shows how a right understanding of God's sovereignty is not so much a barrier to evangelism as an incentive and powerful support for it. With over 100,000 copies in print, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God is truly a classic that should be read by every Christian.
Chosen by God, by R.C. Sproul
If God is truly God, He is Sovereign--over all things, over all decisions. If God is truly God, then he chooses who goes to heaven and who doesn't.
Predestination, says the author, isn't just for Calvinists. It is for all biblical Christians. Predestination doesn't create a whimsical or spiteful picture of God but paints the portrait of a loving God who provides redemption for radically corrupt humans. There is mystery in God's ways, but no contradiction. Point by point, the author examines the Scriptures on predestination and refutes the naysayers.
We choose God because He has opened our eyes to see His beauty. We love Him because He first loved us.
The Gospel Comes with a House Key, by Rosaria Butterfield
What did God use to draw a radical, committed unbeliever to himself? Did God take her to an evangelistic rally? Or, since she had her doctorate in literature, did he use something in print? No, God used an invitation to dinner in a modest home, from a humble couple who lived out the gospel daily, simply, and authentically.
With this story of her conversion as a backdrop, Rosaria Butterfield invites us into her home to show us how God can use this same 'radical, ordinary hospitality' to bring the gospel to our lost friends and neighbors. Such hospitality sees our homes, not as our own, but as God's tools for the furtherance of his kingdom as we welcome those who look, think, believe, and act differently from us into our every day, sometimes messy lives--helping them see what true Christian faith really looks like.
Everyday Church, by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis
We live in an increasingly post-Christian culture. More and more we find ourselves on the margins as less and less people have any intention of ever attending church. What used to work doesn't work anymore and we need to adapt. Helping us to see the way forward, this book offers practical ideas and personal stories for engaging with Western society. Find out how to effectively reach people in the context of everyday life and take hold of the opportunity to develop missional communities focused on Jesus.
Burning Down the Shack, by James B. DeYoung
The Shack has now sold over 20 million copies and has been made into a movie. How ought we respond to the theology present in this popular fictional work?
This is a 12 week Study and Discussion. See the Schedule below for the reading plan and come ready to discuss. We will be reading two books:
The Shack by Wm. Paul Young - Click here for a preview
Burning Down the Shack by James B. De Young - Click here for a preview
Decision Making and the Will of God
While it is our purpose to provide the student of God’s word with a Biblical understanding of God’s will for their life, it is highly suggested that these notes accompany a thorough reading of Dr. Garry Friesen’s excellent work on the subject, Decision Making and the Will of God.