Food & Friendship

Welcome to Food and Friendship, a free soup and bagel lunch in the lovely basement room at the Mount Forest Library on the second Tuesday each month. However, on February 12th the Library had to close because of a winter storm, and in March the second Tuesday falls in March Break, when the Library would be unavailable to us. Therefore, our next lunch has instead been arranged for TUESDAY, MARCH 5TH

Join us at 12noon-1:00pm, and bring a friend.

It’s wintertime, and good to be able to meet in a warm room, check out the book stand, listen to the music and enjoy a good meal.  Share your faith.  Show Christian love to one another.  Jesus said: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  He loved us enough to die for us; will we love enough to live for Him?

BIBLE Explorers

Welcome to Bible Explorers!


Friday evenings from 6:30-7:45pm kids enjoy Bible Explorers, held in the Community Room in the basement of the Mount Forest Library. Usually they will enjoy a fun activity for starters, followed by time making crafts. Then there is (rather loud!) singing of Camp Choruses and similar fun songs. There is always a Bible story to learn about, and a memory verse that’s worth remembering. The time flies, and judging by the evident desire of the kids to come back again and again, we must be doing something right!.

Kids who attend will make friends with others and can now be planning to go to the Day Camp run by Mount Forest Camp in the Summer.

Apart from the occasional snow day in Winter, we try to operate nearly every Friday during Fall, Winter and Spring.

 

Check out the Bible Explorers FaceBook page at: FB Our next series will be looking at the topic of The Blooming Tree:

 

Getting Into Bible Study…

There are different ways to consider the main lines of what God says in the Bible. After years of personal study, a very competent Bible teacher of the 20th Century set out some key subjects as a starting point. His suggested approach is provided in full in our Resources Section.

Here is a recap of the main headings. If you see matters you want to study further just start by reading the fuller document here, where you will be able to track the Bible verses supporting each key point.

SECTION 1 – THE INSPIRATION OF SCRIPTURE

  1. The importance of the subject
  2. What is meant by the term “Inspiration”?
  3. How the Scriptures themselves regard Inspiration
  4. How the Lord Jesus and the New Testament writers accepted the veracity of the Old Testament Scriptures
  5. Fulfilled prophecy as evidence of the divine origin of Scripture.
  6. The exactness of the inspired Word
  7. God’s sovereign care of His inspired word at the hand of copyists, translations and versions.

SECTION 2 – THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD

  1. Belief in the existence of God
  2. The Being of God
  3. The Attributes of God
  4. The Trinity

SECTION 3 – THE CREATION AND ENTRANCE OF SIN

  1. The Creation of the Universe
  2. The creation of the angels
  3. The entrance of sin

SECTION 4 – THE PATRIARCHS AND PREPARATION OF ISRAEL

  1. The Patriarchal Period
  2. The beginnings of the nation
  3. Education as to a coming Redeemer
  4. How Israel developed historically
  5. How Israel degenerated spiritually

SECTION 5 – THE FULNESS OF THE TIME

  1. At the close of the appointed period
  2. The Incarnation
  3. The Atonement
  4. The Resurrection and Ascension

SECTION 6 – THE PRESENT WORK OF THE SON AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD

  1. The present work of the Lord Jesus
  2. The present work of the Holy Spirit
    1. Generally.
      1. In relation to the believer
      2. In relation to the Church the Body
      3. In relation to the House of God
      4. In relation to the world

SECTION 7 – THE CHURCH WHICH IS HIS BODY

1.         The word Church generally

  1. Singular form
  2. Plural form

2.         The Church which is His Body

  1. References to this Church in the N.T.
  2. Viewed as an eternal purpose
  3. In shadowy outline in the O.T. Scriptures
  4. In the full light of N.T. revelation

SECTION 8 – THE HOUSE OF GOD

  1. Jacob’s early vision
  2. The Tabernacle in the Wilderness
  3. The Tabernacle in the Land
  4. The Temple of Solomon
  5. The Temple of the Remnant
  6. The Remnant Temple rebuilt by Herod
  7. The Spiritual House of the New Testament

Personal Witnessing: How to do it…

We have a useful item in the Podcasts/Resources section of our site.  It is helpful material on how to approach personal witnessing.  Here is an extract:

“Speak to convince the mind first. Paul “entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God.” (Acts 19:8): reasoning, as to the mind; persuading, as to the heart. It is of no use urging persons to believe unless they are clear in their minds what they must believe.   When the mind agrees, then we can look for the word to be received into the heart. A careful reading of Jn 3 indicates that the Lord Jesus worked this way with Nicodemus. In verses 1 to 3, they are speaking face to face; verses 3 to 8, mind to mind; from verse 9 onwards heart to heart.”

You can read the whole thing here.

Food for Thought

This is a weekly adult Bible study, and for the coming few weeks we are looking at the book of Colossians.

Colossians 2

Here are some questions for our study tomorrow night (January 7th):

  1. What might be important about Paul intentionally linking the church in Laodicea with the church in Colossae? What would be their common features?
  2. How important is combining heart attitudes and head knowledge, as in verse 2? Which comes first?
  3. What is the difference between wisdom and knowledge (verse 3)?
  4. Any ideas about wrong doctrines that may appear “plausible” or “persuasive” (verse 4)?
  5. Does Paul mean the same thing here about being “with them in spirit”, as he did when writing to Corinth (1 Cor.5:3)? What, if any, differences or similarities can we spot?
  6. What tools can we use to help us be good in discipline/order and in stability/firmness in our faith?
  7. In what way is it important to be “rooted” in Christ (verse 7)? Does the parable of Jesus in Matthew 13 have any application here, if so, how?
  8. What methods can we use to ensure we are always overflowing in thankfulness, even when things go wrong!?
  9. Any ideas regarding what Paul was concerned about in verse 8, and how his descriptions could still apply today?
  10. Verse 9 is perhaps surprising: how can the “fullness of deity” possibly be found in a bodily form? Aren’t deity and humanity opposites in most ways?

Greetings

Yet some will be struggling today with earthly loss, and the surrounding festivities will not lessen it.  We may wonder at God’s feelings as His Son was born as the baby, Jesus.  What would be a delightful event for so many, was for Him the next painful step towards an inevitably more painful one.  Daily there would be fresh emphasis on the saddening reality that the miracle of Jesus’ birth would soon have to be eclipsed again by the miracle of His dying.  We cannot imagine God the Father’s suffering as He watched what unfolded on earth.  Yet it was far from accidental.  In fact it was all part of a bigger plan that would resolve the very problem that caused Jesus’ death.

Whether we are celebrating with friends and family or commiserating with those enduring pain and grief, it is worth remembering that God has a plan that cannot fail to succeed.  We shall yet see the truth of all the things God says about His Son, including those mentioned on our candy cane verses.

Christmas Parade

Friday night here is the annual Christmas Parade night!

This brings an opportunity to hand out candy canes. There is folklore about the origin of candy canes, which perhaps has little basis in fact. It would be nice to think that when we give these gifts to very appreciative children along the parade route, they will see some significance to them, or perhaps ask about why they are the shape they are for instance. People have thought they are in the shape of a “J” to remind us of Jesus. And they are white with red stripes to remind us that after a spotless life His blood was shed, when He took God’s punishment for our wrongdoings. No doubt we can think of other things about them that may remind us of Bible truth, though it is quite likely all our best thoughts will not be shared by the youngsters who receive the candy canes; they just enjoy the treat, and we are very glad that’s the case.

However, we do want everyone (parents and children!) to know what the Bible does say about Jesus, so we attach to each candy cane a label with a couple of descriptive Bible verses. Check it out in the picture if you can, but better still come and see the real thing at the Parade if you can.

Food for Thought

This is a weekly adult Bible study, and for the coming few weeks we are looking at what is pre-occupying many Christians: the coming of the Lord. We have studied the hope that was evident in faithful people waiting for the Messiah to be born, and our hope that has been made real by His coming. Now we are going to look at the preparations made in advance of His coming, and challenge ourselves with the application of these things in our day.

The Preparation
Isa.40:3-5; Lk.3:1-22 (What was/is baptism all about?)

Questions for starters:

1. If the prophecy by Isaiah was about a coming king, why was the cry to be heard in the wilderness, away from the city? Where should God’s highway lead to?
2. What is the point of raising valleys and flattening mountains about? Did that happen when Jesus was born? What are the obstacles in our lives?
3. In Lk.3:3 (and see Matthew 3), John prepares the Jews to receive the Messiah by baptizing them; where did he get that procedure from?
4. What is meant by: “…a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins”; in what way were they preparing to meet their saviour?
5. John said that the Messiah would baptize them with the Holy Spirit (Lk.3:16); how was that fulfilled?
6. Why was Jesus baptized (Lk.3:21, and see Matthew 3:13-17)?
7. What did Jesus mean by saying He had another “baptism to be baptized with” (Lk.12:50) and why did He use that description? What was He preparing for?
8. When Philip used another prophecy of Isaiah (see Acts 8:26-39) it resulted in the person he spoke to getting baptized. Why? And what can we learn from this account about how and when we should get baptized today?
9. What is the connection between being baptized and being part of God’s kingdom?

Food for Thought

Hope

Many think at Christmastime of the coming of Christ. People hoped for it to happen before Jesus was born. So we could call this a season of hope. At our Food for Thought Bible studies over the next month we’ll look at the coming of Messiah, the promise of it, the fulfillment of that promise, and the effects for us. Here are the starter questions, this week about “the hope”:

Isaiah 9:1-2,6-7 first.

1. This is a prophecy about the Messiah coming. What is meant by “people walking in darkness”?
2. When did Isaiah expect his predictions to happen? Is his prophecy all fulfilled now, or is some still to be hoped for?
3. Why is the order of v.6 important? Would our hope be any different if it said: “For to us a son is born, to us a child is given”?
4. Why is Messiah being a wonderful counsellor a source of hope?
5. If Messiah is “Mighty God” does that mean he is less than “Almighty God”? Were the Jews to hope for a God-like man or man who is God?
6. Why would the Son of God be described as “Everlasting Father”?
7. Is the “prince of peace” a lesser title than King? Why would “prince” be used in this prophecy? See also Acts 5:31

Romans 13:11-14 next.
1. What is meant by the “salvation” mentioned in v.11?
2. If we are truly hoping for that salvation to arrive, what difference should it make in our lives now? Is that a vain hope?

You may have other points to raise about this Bible passage. Let us know, and if you’re local, come and join in at 7:30pm!

The Church of God in action