Would you marry a complete stranger and commit yourself to spend the rest of your life partnered with someone that does not know you, does not have a desire to be with you, and ultimately has no respect or love for you? Yesterday, I almost performed a wedding in Sunday School. I asked for two volunteers (one male and one female) and had them come to the front of the class. The man stood to my left, and the woman stood to my right just as a typical marriage would be set up.
Discussing the first portion of Genesis chapter 2 in Sunday School last week, the question was brought up about the current location Garden of Eden today?? Two major views attempting to answer this question that are prominent today were developed during the Protestant Reformation. Prior to the 16th century, the majority of readers of Genesis considered the garden account to be allegorical (not literal, but pointing towards a relationship between God and man). During the R
Discussion Questions for Intersect Week 5 - Our Mission Pt. 2 1. What are some specific ways we can love our neighbors as it commands in Matthew 22:36-39? 2. How does the organization of the church hinder in loving our neighbor? 3. What is the relationship of the gospel message with a social concern? 4. Why is it so difficult to intervene in our neighbors' lives, even though we know they are in need?
Review of Rediscovering Discipleship by Robby Gallaty A must have book on discipleship by Robby Gallaty, Rediscovering Discipleship, releases tomorrow. We will have several copies of this book available Sunday on our Discipleship Bookshelf in the Worship Center lobby. If you want to reserve a copy, please let me know and I will try to make sure we have enough copies on campus for each person interested. Gallaty describes the ultimate end goal of discipleship as "to be confo
Tomorrow morning I will fly to Phoenix for several days. Pastor Eric, Patti, and I will be making a vision trip to Phoenix as a potential destination to partner in church planting. Any of you reading this that is aware of my ministry experience are familiar with my passion and excitement for churches to be planted across the world. I attended a missional church prior to attending Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary that is heralded as the "Great Commission Seminary,"
Discussion Questions for Intersect Week 4 - Our Mission 1. What is the relationship between evangelism and social ministry? 2. According to the parable of the Good Samaritan, who is our neighbor? 3. In his earthly ministry, how did Jesus demonstrate the way we should relate to the people around us? 4. Why are people reluctant to get involved with the problems of others?
This week I will be teaching from Genesis 2:4-25 on man's time in the garden. During time in the garden with God, God realized that it was not good for man to be alone. In order to open man's eyes to that fact as well, God began parading all of the animals before man to see what he would call it. God had another purpose for this task. He wanted man to realize that he had a need for a partner as well. Once man realized that no helper was found his complement, the LORD God
Complementarianism vs Egalitarianism Do you ever feel like sometimes life doesn't treat you fair? Why do some people thrive and others struggle? Don't all people deserve equal rights? But yet, in a relativistic society, shouldn't those equal rights only matter if they benefit me, or give me some sort of advantage, or don't harm me in any immediate way? Isn't this a similar perspective that has encouraged same-sex marriage to be allowed to those that desire monogamous relat