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Pastor's Bible Study

Every Wednesday morning during the school year, Dr. Furr teaches adults on a wide variety of topics with discussion – often a book of the Bible or some aspect of the Christian life or doctrine. All you need is a Bible and an inquisitive mind! Occasionally, a particular book is ordered for everyone who wants to purchase a copy. This group meets on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Adult Seminar Room across from the Library. Find current topics under Latest News. Please join in.

 

Pastor's Column

 

Proverbs: Wisdom Seeking Grace in the Life of the Christian

july 25, 2017


 

2 Timothy 2:15 says in the New Revised Standard Version, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.” I grew up on the King James Version, which reads, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

I like the word “Study.” It says, “put some effort into it. Struggle with it. Engage.” We live in the midst of an overwhelming world of options that fall over themselves to promise us pleasure without seeking and payoff without work. Once you live a while, you know that nothing that comes without investment is really worthwhile.

As the church comes back together from our busy summers, I want to put forth a word for us to focus on during this time: “Grounded.” I don’t mean as in an airline flight canceled because of bad weather!  “Grounded” can also mean “firmly fixed, dependable, steadfast, steady, reliable, rooted, strong.” In this crazy time of ours, deep roots can keep us upright and able to weather uncertainty and chaos.

For the church, “grounded” means membership that engages, asks something from us, requires and expects.  “Discipline” is not so much punishment as the creation of self-regulation and focus for the sake of reaching more important goals later in life. During this upcoming school year, what spiritually might be a new undertaking to strengthen your life?

If you are a “Sunday morning only” person, try getting to one of the many Wednesday evening offerings, small groups, Bible studies or mission and ministry opportunities. Relationships will deepen. You will make friends. You will learn and grow.

The Pastor’s Wednesday Morning Bible Study starts back on Wednesday, September 6, with a study of the book of Proverbs. We meet during the school year from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. weekly. This is open to all ages, no prior knowledge of the Bible is required, and no one is called on in class. But you will learn! You do not have to be a church member to attend, and you are welcome to invite non-member friends and seekers. We meet in the Adult Seminar Room across from the Library.

Some of us struggled with school and vowed that when we got out, we’d never do that again! But learning goes on in every life, in all of our lives, from the first breath to the last. Studying is a way of growing, and people learn in a variety of ways. Don’t sell yourself short. Get back on the learning journey of coming alive through scripture and the Christian way.

Fall Senior Adult trip in September filling up fast!

We have had fantastic response to the fall Senior Adult trip to Abingdon, Virginia. Only a few spots remain available, so, if interested, call the office soon and join us!

                                             Gary