What to do when things go wrong…

This is a brief comment on things worth considering when life seems to be presenting too many challenges, when things are going wrong and you need to stop and consider: why?  And think about the best way forward.

These are only notes; contact us if you need any point to be developed in more detail.  Likewise, if you’d prefer to listen to a talk on this subject, we can provide a link to a recording.

First, what NOT to do…read on here

Why have church prayer meetings?

Most Christians appreciate how important it is to pray.  And they know that praying in secret, not to show off, is commendable.  But when a church comprised of Christians is formed can it rely on the private prayers of each individual in the church, or does God expect the church as a whole to meet to pray to Him?  Our answer would be yes!  We should meet together to pray prayers of worship, praise, thanksgiving and sincere requests.  The content of our prayers as a church is a big subject in itself.  These notes are just about the need to meet together to do it!

As usual, the expectations God has in this matter are disclosed in the Bible, so here are some passages that apply.  First we look at how God instructed His people in the Old Testament, then noting that precedent we look at how people living in the New Testament era are guided in this matter. Read on here

So You’re Offended…

Someone said: “If you think you’ve found the perfect church, don’t join it; because you’d spoil it!”  Their meaning is perhaps obvious.  In any collection of human beings there will be a multiplicity of faults and shortcomings.  As we grow older we learn to strive personally for the best, but accept less than that in others.  However, sometimes people will do wrong things that simply should not be ignored, especially when the offender is part of the church and the offence brings disrepute.

Some proposed steps, based on Bible statements, is given here.  A significant principle is to strive for the wrongdoer to realize what they have done, cease doing it, confess their fault and be restored to the right path.  In all this, we should aim to address the problem as directly as possible, involving only the people that need to be involved.  The outcome can then be very positive. 

What Are You Thinking About?

If you would like to tell us if you have questions about any relevant Bible subject, we’ll be happy to respond.  We may be able to schedule in a talk on the subject at one of our church teaching sessions, and/or provide an audio recording covering the topic.  Certainly we can research a wide range of resource materials we have available, and provide a brief outline of main points for consideration.
We’ve received a suggestion that we add an FAQ page to our website, so please keep your questions coming and we’ll work on building a helpful page to meet the most frequent information needs.
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How organized are you?

Bible study rarely happens by accident. It is really good to set aside times to read the Bible each day. Then the next question is, but what shall I read? If you already know your Bible well, you will be able to pick parts of it to read that relate well to a current need. Which raises another question, how do we gain sufficient familiarity with what the Bible says to know where to look in it? Again, the answer to that is to read it, read it, and read it some more! Then, with the aid of a good concordance perhaps, we’ll be able to find our way around the library we call “the Bible”.

Another question arises, especially if you have an organized mind. “If I’m going to read through the Bible repeatedly, shouldn’t I adopt some sort of reading plan, so I cover it all in a reasonable period of time?” Our answer would be, “Yes!” And we have the Bible reading plan for you.

Here is a link, and you can start following it today: Bible Reading Plan

We started with this plan almost 50 weeks ago, so those who have been using it daily will have almost their first year done. You can begin using it at any time though, since it will eventually repeat and you won’t miss a page of the Bible! In fact, if you stick with the Plan, you’ll read the whole of the Old Testament once and the New Testament twice in the space of three years.

Check it out, and get yourself organized!

Food for Thought

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

Colossians 4:

  1. What tips can we share to help us all be “steadfast in prayer”?
  2. What is “the mystery of Christ” (verse 3)? When we tell other people about it, why might it remain a mystery?
  3. What examples from the life of Christ can we use to illustrate how we too should apply verses 5 and 6?
  4. Why was the service of Tychicus and Onesimus so important? What effect would failure on their part have had on Paul and on the church in Colossae?
  5. What do we know about Mark (verse 10)? See Acts 4:36; 12:12,25; 13:13; 15:37-39, Philemon 1:24, 2 Tim.4:11 and perhaps 1 Pet.5:13.
  6. How can we be “fellow workers for the kingdom”? (verse 11)
  7. Seems like Epaphras would relate well to our needs in those we pray for (verse 12)! What kinds of things would show such prayers have been answered, and why would they not happen?
  8. What do Paul’s references linking Laodicea, Hierapolis and Colossae indicate should also be true today about churches of God?
  9. Nympha comes in for honourable mention (verse 15); what was involved in her service for the Lord Jesus Christ?
  10. How might we apply Paul’s message regarding Archippus (verse 17) to our own service?

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

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.

The Church of God in action