As we continue to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus during this Easter season, Pastors Rob Sauers and Nathanael Mayhew take a deeper look at a less familiar Easter hymn found in the “Worship Supplement 2000.” Written by modern English hymnwriter, Timothy Dudley-Smith, this hymn recounts the resurrection appearance of Jesus to seven disciples at the Sea of Galilee, as recorded in John 21. Join them as they study this hymn and the meaning of this resurrection appearance for those first disciples and for us still today!
On May 1st, the church also remembers the Apostle James (the son of Alphaeus). This may be the most challenging of all the apostles, because there is so much confusion around the person of James. There are many men named James in the New Testament and it can be a challenge to sort through the information we have in the New Testament to determine who is who. We will look at the different persons named “James” in the New Testament and sort through what we know about this Apostle who was called “the son of Alphaeus” (Matthew 10:3). Join Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Mark Tiefel for another journey through the apostles of Jesus and what we can learn from them today!
On May 1st, the church remembers the Apostle Philip. Philip was not one of the most familiar of the apostles, but he was possibly the first to be called by Jesus as a disciple. He was from the city of Bethsaida in Galilee, and has a close relationship to Nathanael (John 1). Join us as we study the scriptures to learn more about Philip and then learn from Philip’s example as a follower of Jesus. We will be motivated by his zeal and encouraged by his faithfulness as we too strive to point others to Jesus of Nazareth, “of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote” (John 1:45).
As we continue our journey through Genesis as we resume the account of the flood in chapters 7-9. We will review the two sources of the water for the flood and some of the chronology for the flood. How long did the water fall? How long was Noah on the ark? We will also look at the effects of the flood, address more evidence for a world-wide flood, and deal questions about finding Noah’s ark today. Finally they will look at the meaning of the rainbow and Noah’s beautiful response after the flood was over. Join Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Mark Tiefel as they continue though this important book of Genesis and both rediscover and discuss its revealed truths which continue to have a important bearing on our lives today.
Join Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Neal Radichel as they look back on this series and reflect on the journey. This series was different, challenging, but intended to be devotional. The Bible is the most important book, and it records the most important history. What it records is true and it is necessary, because with out it we are in danger. God is our shield, our protection.
Nathanael’s series summary verse: “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.” (Proverbs 30:5 ESV)
Neal’s series summary verse: “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” (Jn. 20:31 NKJV)
The book of Revelation is often seen as a scary book, and is even avoided by many Christians. But it is an important book and its main purpose is to remind us that we live in a sin-filled dangerous world with many enemies, but Jesus wins in the end! The warnings, the power and glory, the victory of Christ our Lamb soaks through this letter. He is our King and our God! Our summary verse is from Revelation 21:4: “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” – (KJV)
This third letter of John is very short and has an emphasis on truth and what is “good” in these closing days of the NT. Truth and “goodness” are not relative words that are different for each person, but objectively true for all people because they are established and defined by God. Our summary verse is from 3 John 11: “Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.” – (HCSB)
Join pastors Nathanael Mayhew, Neal Radichel and Mark Tiefel as they discuss the question whether Jesus really did die and rise again. One will take the Biblical perspective and another will approach it from a secular perspective in this debate series. In this we try to replicate the arguments that are presented against the Scriptural teaching and in conversations or disagreements that Christians may have in their daily lives. Join us again as we dig into why the death and resurrection of Jesus are so important, and what lies behind the assertions of many non-believers when this topic comes up and as we study what God has to say to us in His Word.
This second letter of John was written to the church. It has the assurance to us that God’s Word doesn’t change. Love” is a distinguishing feature, but needs to be appropriately defined. Love is the message of God’s Word as seen in the work of Jesus for us. We also pass that love on to others. Our summary verse is from 2 John 1:5: “And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another.” – (NKJV)
You will find an emphasis on true and false teaching in 1 John. It has has always been a mark of the true church to distinguish between what is true and false. John points to errors about the nature of Jesus, the nature of sin, the role of sanctification in the life of a Christian and more. No teaching of Scripture is unimportant. If God has given it, it is for our good, and we are called to defend it and proclaim it faithfully. Our summary verse is from 1 John 4:1: “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” – (CSB)