This morning in the Adult Sunday School Class we discussed an article by Jon Bloom originally posted on the "Desiring God" website. The article deals with the Christian's "calling" and our discussion connected that with the sometimes confusing pursuit of God's specific will for individual believers. The article is worth the read. Consider making it a launching point for family discussion or personal meditation.
This morning the Adult Sunday School Class discussed an interesting article posted on the Desiring God website entitled: "What Do You Feed Your Eyes". The article can be read at: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/what-do-you-feed-your-eyes
Sunday in the Adult Sunday School Class Pastor Ron shared a bit of the testimony of Rosaria Butterfield’s experience of, and now practice of, radically ordinary hospitality. The link below is a short video of Rosaria describing that experience with a link to her latest book entitled, “The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World”.
A few scriptures exhorting hospitality:
Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. (Romans 12:13 ESV)
Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (Hebrews 13:1 ESV)
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another… (1 Peter 4:8-10 ESV)
This week in our small group we used the linked handout below to discuss how to listen to and benefit from the sermons and teaching we hear in church weekly. Realizing God has given and gifted pastors and teachers in local churches it is very important to Him that His people pay close attention to the hearing, study, and application of the messages they deliver with the Spirit's leading.
How To Listen To A Sermon Handout
As I listened to Ron's sermon this morning I recalled a very helpful teaching I heard years ago by A.W. Tozer. Here is a link to a CMA Devotional that addresses Tozer's point regarding present tense faith.
This is a link to the article Pastor Ron referred to in the Easter Sunday Sermon: "Why We Call the Worst Friday Good" by David Mathis.
The link below is to Rosaria Butterfield's response to Jen Hatmaker on the Gospel Coalition's Website. The article "Love Your Neighbor Enough to Speak Truth" was the topic for discussion in this morning's Adult Sunday School Small Group.
What follows is a link to the audio of the prayer Ron referred to at the close of this Sunday morning's sermon. It is a prayer by John Piper at the funeral service for the Pal family.
This past Sunday the Adult Sunday School class looked at Christian Spiritual Disciplines. In class we watched the first 22 minutes of a video message delivered by Don Whitney at the 2015 Southern Baptist Founders Conference Midwest. What follows is Don's full conference message and a link to his widely respected book entitled: "Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life".
Pastor Ron sent me a link to this article first published on the Banner of Truth web site on January 11, 2012 in which the author, Al Backer, suggested that many churches in the Reformed world have a truncated gospel which serves as a clear and present danger in our churches. The concerns expressed by the author are not peculiar to the Reformed world and the danger is worth examination by all Christians and Christian churches. I recommend it to you for your reading and comment. The Clear and Present Danger of a Truncated Gospel There is a second related post referenced in the article that is also well worth the read entitled "The Grace Boys" on The Aquila Report website.
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