Advent is coming soon! In the Christian community of believers this is our New Year! It's amazing that our beginning is always the apocalypse or text that deal with the second Coming which is definitely a beginning. Advent is a time of "expecting" and "waiting" for something new to come about in our lives and in our community. This year Advent comes November 30! On that morning before we worship, we will have an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the scriptures. At 9:30a we will have Sunday School in the sanctuary like we've done in the past. You are invited to purchase Adam Hamilton's, Making Sense of the Bible, Rediscovering the power of scripture today.
It is a six week study, so we study all through Advent (4 weeks); then will take a little
Christmas break and resume another two weeks. We will start back January 4, 2015.
As Adam describes in his preface he says this:
"I love the Bible...and I wrestle with it. There are portions, if l'm honest, that I have
questions about. There are statements on its pages that I don't believe capture the
character and will of God. I'm guessing, if you're honest, you have questions too. We're
not alone. As a pastor, I regularly hear from people who are perplexed, confused, or
disturbed by something they've read in the Bible....This book is an attempt to honestly
wrestle with the difficult questions often raised by thoughtful Christians and non-
Christians concerning things taught by the Bible."
The book begins with foundational questions such as, How and when was the Bible
written? Who decided which books made it into the scriptures and why? How literally
must we read it? And, Is the Bible ever wrong?
From there, Hamilton considers the real questions people frequently ask that continue
to divide Christians and denominations alike, including:
We're Adam and Eve real people?
Why is God so violent in the Old Testament?
Why would Paul command women to "keep silent in the church"?
Is Jesus the only way to salvation?
How does God view homosexual people?
Is the Book of Revelation a guide to the End Times?
There will be six videos to go with each week:
Making sense of the Old Testament
Making sense of the New Testament
Questions about the nature of scripture
The Bible and science
Violence, suffering, and other troubling issues
Wrestling with issues of sexuality and relationships.
Come join us for this important study and discussion as we give birth to the new things
God continues to give to us!
Let's have fun and see you Sunday!