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.  So December 11th is the day!

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

 At Christmastime we may think more about sharing, and that is good.  Share your gingerbread men.  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?

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 things that were in evidence when Christ was born, and challenge ourselves with the application of these things in our day.

Love/Joy/Peace

Read: Matt.2:10-11; Neh.8:10; Jn  14:27;15:9-14 

Questions for starters:

  1. Why were the Wise Men rejoicing when they saw the star that led them to where Jesus was?
  2. Is there any intended symbolism in the three gifts they brought, and why would frankincense and myrrh rank alongside gold as their monetary values seem very different?
  3. What should make us think the Wise Men didn’t arrive at the same time as the shepherds?  And why would that be?
  4. When Nehemiah told the people to rejoice and “eat the fat” why was he not breaking God’s law of Leviticus 3:17?
  5. In what ways is the “joy of the Lord” our strength?
  6. What is different about the peace that Jesus gives His followers?  Is this a fulfillment of Luke 2:14?
  7. Why is love associated with keeping Christ’s commands?
  8. Jesus linked “My love” and “My joy”; what is the connection?  And in what ways are His love and joy different from love and joy from other sources?

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!

Food and Friendship

Once a month in the cooler months (!) we are delighted to provide a free soup and bagel lunch, in the comfortable Community Room of the Mount Forest Library Basement (which is conveniently served by an elevator). Our next meal is currently planned for December 11th.

Don’t miss out on sharing in these events.

Check local notice boards in the Library and local stores (including the Thrift Store) for the date of the next lunch (and we’ll post it on this web page too, as above).

Lunch is served between 12 noon and 1:00pm.  All are welcome.

Food for Thought

Our weekly Bible study for adults is to focus tonight on Philippians chapter 3. Here are the starter questions:
1. “Rejoice in the Lord” is a common phrase in the Bible; what does it involve?
2. How can we “worship by the Spirit of God”(v.3)? Is it true of all Christian worship?
3. What is so special about the tribe of Benjamin that Paul would emphasize that genealogy?
4. Which church did Paul persecute?
5. “…knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” and “…know Him” (v.8,10) must involve more than just head knowledge of facts about Jesus; what does Paul mean?
6. Is Paul doubting he will be resurrected (v.11)? Or what is he thinking about here?
7. Verse 13 and 14 are a lifestyle motto of sorts; any comments?
8. What are the implications and applications of verse 16?
9. If we want people to imitate us, what must we be careful about (v.17)?
10. What is the impact on our present lives of our citizenship being in heaven?
11. In what ways does v.21 provide comfort to us?
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!

For the Bible student

For the past century, the results of monthly studies by many different groups all focusing on the same portion of the Bible at the same time, have been documented and published as Bible Studies Magazine (see the sample magazine cover below).

A variety of views on different Scriptures and topics usually emerges and editors have when necessary added a few comments to keep everyone on track.

You can use this resource now on the web. You’ll find the treasure trove at:

Bible Studies Archive


You can check the index there and choose to research a specific Bible book or topic.
After you’ve tried it, by all means leave a comment here. And if you find it useful, do share the link with your Bible-studying friends!

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!

Apart from the occasional snow day in Winter, we try to operate nearly every Friday during Fall, Winter and Spring (with a short break for Christmas/New Year). And it won’t be long before we work on preparing a float for the Christmas Parade! (see our post about our participation in the Parade last year below, titled “Christmastime”.

Check out the Bible Explorers FaceBook page at: FB Our next series will be looking at the topic of Incredible Faith:

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.

The Church of God in action