Good Reads 07.20.17 (on: the Bible, health, and more!)

Here is a collection of good reads gathered from across the internet this past week. Enjoy!

On the Bible and inerrancy: The Bible Is Better than Google by Margaret Bronson

The beautiful truth in all of this is that GOD WANTS US TO KNOW HIM. Learning about God isn’t googling “God” and reading millions of opinions on God. Instead, we open His Word, and we hear His very words breathed out. All other doctrines hinge on a sure source of evidence, a witness that we can trust. Without inerrancy, we cannot know anything about God with any certainty, and the “study of God” would be a guessing game, just like trying to figure out why my kid’s hair smells. Instead, with inerrancy, we can approach God and His Word with certainty, eager to learn of His ways and discern how to live faithfully in the world.  (click here to read more)

On godliness and health: Guard Your Health by Tim Challies (note: Challies is writing this “Run to Win” series for young men, especially, but it has truths which all can learn from)

You need to steward your body. As you surrender your body, you acknowledge that it does not belong to you but to God. Just as you are responsible to faithfully steward your time and money, you are responsible before God to faithfully steward the body he has assigned to you. You are to use your body wisely, to put your body to use in ways that bring glory to God. After all, “You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). (click here to read more)

On Jesus as the “way, the truth, and the life”: The Most Controversial Claim Jesus Made by David Mathis

Jesus gets the glory of being “the way,” (not “a way”), “the truth” (not just true), and “the life” (not just life), and as he does, we get the joy and peace and stability of having such a Lord and Savior and Treasure. “The way” is not centrally belief in certain principles and execution of particular actions, but trusting and treasuring a living person. At the heart of Christianity is not pillars to follow, but a person to know and enjoy. (click here to read more)

On the pastor and his character: A Pastor’s Character Over His Competence by Chris Thomas

Character over competence is a biblical idea. Note that I’m not saying that competence doesn’t matter—we’ll soon see that it doe. But that the vast weight of Scripture leads me to believe that God is primarily concerned with the type of man who shepherds, rather than the skills that man brings to the role.

There are two ‘go-to’ passages that deal with the qualification of a shepherd, both are found in letters written by Paul to emerging leaders of the first century church… (click here to read more)

Sunday 07.16.17 (be wise)

This week we’ll take a look at Ecclesiastes 9:11-11:6 and the call on our lives to be wise. Then on Sunday evening we’ll consider God’s goodness in our Attributes of God study. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Attributes of God Study in church library

Sermon Notes
Be Wise ~ Ecclesiastes 9:11-11:6

  • žBe wise (9:11-10:3)
  • žBe wise in living under authority (10:4-7, 16-17)
  • žBe wise in preparation (10:8-11)
  • žBe wise in speech (10:12-14, 20)
  • žBe wise in work (10:15, 18-19; 11:1-6)
  • žBe wise in humility (11:5)

Sunday 07.09.17 (a life well lived)

This Sunday we’ll look at Ecclesiastes 8:14-9:10 and see what it means to have a life that is well lived. Then on Sunday evening, we’ll consider God’s holiness in our attributes of God study. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Attributes of God Study
@7pm Business Meeting

Sermon Notes
A Life Well Lived ~ Ecclesiastes 8:14-9:10

  • The realities of death (8:14, 9:1-6)
    • Death isn’t always fair (8:14)
    • Death comes, no matter who you are (9:1-3)
    • Death seals our fate (9:4-6)
    • Despite these realities, we entrust ourselves to God (9:1)
  • The call to a well-lived life (8:15-17, 9:7-10)
    • Seek joy through Jesus (8:15)
    • Be in constant awe of God (8:16-17)
    • Live happily in God’s approval (9:7-10)

Sunday 07.02.17 (God and king)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at Ecclesiastes 8:1-13 and the relationship between God and government–we’re to honor the authorities over us but hold God as supreme. Then on Sunday evening, we’ll continue our Attributes of God study with a look at God’s unchanging nature. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Attributes of God study in church library

Sermon Notes
God and King ~ Ecclesiastes 8:1-13

  • žHonor the king (governing powers; 8:1-9)
    • Obey what he commands (8:2-5)
    • Seek to do good in society (8:6-9)
  • žFear God (8:10-13)
    • He is supreme
    • People in the world do evil and don’t fear the results (8:10-12)
    • But God will judge (8:12-13)
    • Our great hope is Jesus, the King of kings

Sunday 06.25.17 (pursue righteousness)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at Ecclesiastes 7:15-29 and what it means for us to pursue righteousness in Christ. Then on Sunday evening, we’ll continue our Attributes of God study by taking a look at the wisdom of God. We hope to see you there!

Sunday Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Attributes of God study in church library

Sermon Notes
Pursue Righteousness ~ Ecclesiastes 7:15-29

  • žWe live in a world filled with unrighteousness
    • Justice often seems backwards (7:15)
    • Everybody sins (7:20, 25-29)
    • Wisdom is hard to gain (7:19, 23-24)
  • žWe must turn from sin and self-righteousness to pursue Jesus
    • Self-righteousness is no better than wickedness, so trust and revere God (7:16-18)
    • Embrace Jesus for your righteousness (7:20, 28)
    • Extend grace to others as God has extended grace to you (7:21-22)

Sunday 06.18.17 (life lessons)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at Ecclesiastes 7:1-14 and a few of the many proverbs of Solomon as we consider the life lessons we learn from a well-traveled king. We will also be honoring the men in the church with a special gift for Father’s Day. We hope to see you there!

Sunday Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
**No Evening Service, enjoy the holiday!

Sermon Notes
Life Lessons from a Well-Traveled King ~ Ecclesiastes 7:1-14

  • žCharacter matters supremely, therefore seek to finish your life with a good name (7:1-7)
  • žWhat is future is better than what is past, therefore keep your faith forward-looking (7:1, 8-10)
  • žWisdom offers more to life, therefore devote yourself to grow in wisdom (7:11-14)

Sunday 06.11.17

This Sunday we’ll have Ben Palmer filling in for Pastor Mike. Also, don’t miss out on being a part of our Adrian Manor Nursing Home service at 2:30pm. We hope to see you there!

(We likely won’t have any new posts for the website this week as Pastor Mike will be gone for the Southern Baptist Convention.)

Sunday Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@Noon Widows/Widowers Dinner, hosted by the deacons at Adrian Park, shelter house #3
@230pm Adrian Manor Service
** No Evening Activities at the church this Sunday