Archive for September, 2012

Sunday Lesson

Posted: September 21, 2012 in Upcoming lessons

Gang

Have you read the lesson for The Gospel Project yet?  What a good one!

We have been looking at the doctrine of revelation.  We have seen that God speaks and He speaks to us through general revelation (creation).  In His creation, we see the attributes of His power, wisdom, love, and more.  Ultimately we see His glory, b/c His glory is wrapped up in the sum of His attributes.

God also reveals Himself to us through special revelation—His written Word.  General revelation has limits b/c it cannot save.  It is enough to make all responsible, but not enough to bring salvation.  Special revelation is available to specific people at specific times in specific places.  And through the work of the Spirit, it is the special revelation of God to sinners that is able to save.

Sunday we are going to look at lesson 4–“In God We Trust”.  We will begin to look at man’s fallen respons to God’s Word.  So look at the lesson which covers Genesis 3:1-6.  Those 6 verses in Genesis 3 are some of the most important verses in Scripture to understand.  So check it out and see how we question, belittle, and disboey God’s Word.  Class will be much better if we have all been in the text before Sunday…so dig in!

Can’t wait.

mg

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Coming Up….

Posted: September 14, 2012 in news

Gang,

Sunday we are having a mission fair that will give people an opportunity to see where people can serve—-locally and globally for the rest of 2012 and in 2013.  Our class is scheduled to attend the mission fair at 11:15.  So Sunday we will not have our Gospel Project lesson.  I will have a handout that summarizes the lesson and will encourage you to review it at home.  Choir peeps—I would say to just go to the mission fair when you are done.  For those in class, someone will be there to lead prayer time and to go over/discuss how Lynwood supports missions through “Lynwood on Mission.”  Remember that you received your LOM 8 info this week in the mail…please spend time praying about supporting LOM 8.

Also, put September 29th on the calendar.  Scavenger hunt starting at church….then ending at Shadow Rest with food and fun times.  Likely will meet at church at 6 pm.  Get your baby-sitter lined up!

See you Sunday!

mg

God Is Not Hiding

Posted: September 11, 2012 in thoughts

Sunday in class we looked at the concept of general revelation.  Psalm 19:1-6 teaches us several things.  Verses 1&2 say “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.  Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.”  So God’s revelation of Himself and His glory never stops…it is day after day and night after night.  There is no pause button.  His revealing Himself to us through creation is always on “play”!  Awesome!!!  We discussed in class that the “noise” of life can distract us from paying attention to the glory of God through His creation.  In addition, people can flat out deny the God of creation b/c their hearts are hard and their spiritual eyes are blind.  Most importantly we see in verse four that this general revelation goes through all the earth.

We also looked at Romans 1:20 and see that His attributes can be seen through His creation.  The glory (worth, weightiness) of God is the sum of His attributes.  Just a few of His attributes we see in creation is power (see Isaiah 40:26), wisdom (Psalm 104:24), love (common grace–rain, food, happiness fall on the sinners and saints).

While general revelation is a great blessing and a points us to a gracious God, it has its limits.  It is enough to make all men responsible and without excuse (Romans 1:20), but not enough to save.  People are saved by responding to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  This should move us.  There are people everywhere who have seen the glory of God…but either have suppressed it, or are waiting for someone to articulate the gospel to them.

 

Sunday Lesson

Posted: September 7, 2012 in Upcoming lessons

Gang

Sunday we will look at lesson 2 from The Gospel Project:  God Is Not Hiding–The God Who Reveals Himself Through Creation

Last week we looked at the fact that God speaks.

This week we will look at the concept of general revelation.

Think about these questions:  What do we see in creation that points us to a Creator?  What does Romans 1:20 say and ask yourself what general revelation can and cannot do?

Is general revelation enough to save?  What about the “innocent” native on the unreached island?

Make sure to look at lesson 2 for Sunday!  Looking forward to it.

mg

Sunday Rewind

Posted: September 5, 2012 in thoughts

Gang,

Check out http://www.lynwoodbc.org/media  if you missed Mark’s sermon Sunday, or if you want to listen again.  I missed it while doing security, and will be listening soon.  Brandi said it was really good.  I did step in to hear Cindy Morgan….I mean Heather Mayhew, as she knocked it out with Praise the King.

We started The Gospel Project on Sunday.  For the next few weeks we are going to look at the doctrine of revelation.  I feel like I did not communicate well Sunday, so here is a brief summary:

Our God speaks.  That is what you find in the opening words of Genesis.  We see the power of God in that His spoken word brings forth life and all creation.  Someone on twitter puts it well, “If we are God’s creation shouldn’t we approach God on His terms and not ours?”  Because He created us, we are His….He owns us and has the right to lead us….the right to rule and be in charge of us.

Moses started Genesis with the desire to show the Israelites that their God was the one true God amongst a land of idols and false gods.  We can easily be deceived in America and think no idol exists in our lives, when in reality, we may be worshiping not the God of the Bible, but a God that we create….a God that is more in line with our own desires.  Ultimately, we may be worshiping oursevles!

The greatness of the gospel is that we serve a holy and righteous God who created us for Him.  We messed up big time in rejecting His creator rights over us.  And in His great mercy and grace, He has spoken to us through creation (general revelation) and the Word of God (special revelation).  2 Corinthians 4:6 says “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”  Don’t miss it…God said “Let light shine out of darkness” is Genesis 1:3.  Out of darkness and chaos, God sent light which led to order and beauty.  Our hearts were once dark and our lives chaotic, but He has revealed Himself to us in His Son Jesus Christ.

We should view Scripture as our highest authority b/c it is God speaking to us.  What does it say about us if we are not spending time in the Word?  How can we know how to bring glory to God if we are not in the Word?  How can we know what He has tasked us with if are not daily meeting with Him through the pages of Scripture?  So here is the challenge….Get in the Word—daily for the month of September.  Get a good study bible and read John….read James….read 1 John….read Ephesians…read Galatians….read it and write down how God is speaking to you.

Ok….that was not brief.  Sorry.

Looking forward to hearing how God is speaking to you…b/c we serve a God who speaks.

mg