• M.I.T. Course Descriptions – Winter 2010

    by Tom Hicks on December 22, 2009

    Winter 2010
    Dates: January 10 – March 14
    Times: Sunday Evenings 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

    Sign up by filling out Sunday’s M.I.T. bulletin insert or call the church office at 272-2304.

    New Testament Survey 200
    Instructor: Joel Thompson
    Text: New Testament Introduction by Donald Guthrie
    Room: 321 (New Member’s Room)

    This course is an overview of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament. The uniqueness and importance of each book will be seen in light of their central message and major themes.  Introductory matters of historical background, date of composition, original recipients, occasion and purpose of writing, and interpretive challenges of each book will also be addressed.

    Biblical Theology 101
    Instructor: Tom Hicks
    Text: According to Plan by Graeme Goldsworthy
    Room: 331 (Adult 4)

    What is the overall story of the Bible?  How do the Old and New Testaments fit together?  Getting a grasp of the unity of the Bible and its central message from Genesis to Revelation will help you to understand the meaning of any single biblical book or passage.  Systematic theology examines topics arranged logically, while biblical theology studies biblical themes arranged chronologically through the unfolding of redemptive history.

    Christian Worldview 200
    Instructor: Ben Robinson
    Text: Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey
    Room: 329 (Adult 3)

    A Christian worldview is necessary for any person who wants to live a Christ-honoring life in a secular society.  This course will apply biblical truth to many areas of public life (e.g., law, education, business) that many in the contemporary culture consider “off limits” to the church.  The benefit of cultivating a Christian worldview is that believers can know Jesus more intimately as Lord over every aspect of their lives.

    To receive a certificate of lay theological training, students will need to complete six 100 level courses, six 200 level courses, and six 300 level courses for a total of eighteen courses.

  • A “Thank You” from Pastor Tom

    by Tom Hicks on December 16, 2009
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    As you all know, I received my PhD from Southern Seminary this past week.  I wanted to tell all of you, my church family, how much I love you and appreciate your consistent support through the entire process.  Since you may not see it otherwise, I also wanted you to see what I said about you in the preface to my dissertation:

    “I am grateful for Morningview Baptist Church and its partnership throughout the writing of this dissertation. It is an inexpressible delight to serve as your pastor. Thank you for believing in the value of this labor, for encouraging me each step along the way, and for providing the large amount of time and resources that were required to complete it. Thank you most of all for being a church that values diligent study in its pastors, and for believing the historic Christian faith, once and for all delivered to the saints.”

  • KEEPING CHRIST CENTRAL IN THANKSGIVING

    by Shawn Merithew on November 23, 2009

    I hope that each of us is ready for a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I know many of us are looking forward to time with family and close friends, and I pray God blesses these gatherings with the truth of His Word and the presence of His Spirit.  To that end, I would like to (more…)

  • IS IT WRONG TO SING “JESUS LOVES ME?”

    by Shawn Merithew on November 20, 2009

    As Christians, are we often guilty of making Christianity all about ourselves rather than all about God?  Do we tend to put ourselves at the center of God’s universe rather than rightly placing Him at the center of our universe?  Do we tend toward an exclusive focus on all the personal “blessings” we reap from God rather than focusing first on His person, His kingdom, and His ultimate glory?  The answer is (more…)

  • IS GOD'S GREATEST GLORY EVER IN QUESTION?

    by Shawn Merithew on November 10, 2009

    Is God’s ultimate glory in creation ever really in danger of being lost?  Are there circumstances or choices that will result in God ultimately getting “less” glory as opposed to “more” glory at the final consummation of all things?  These are interesting questions to say the least, because the answers to these questions reveal (more…)

  • PRAYING FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

    by Shawn Merithew on November 4, 2009

    It is no mistake that our Annual Missions Conference has been scheduled on the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.  As we weigh the task of global missions, the suffering of our brothers and sisters in foreign lands should serve to remind of the significance of our commission.  It should also serve to embolden us to join Christ our king outside the gate.

    Hebrews 13:12-14 says, “Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Hence, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach. For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.” (NAS) These words of Scripture are exactly what you think they are – a call to leave (more…)

  • 10 REASONS YOU NEED TO GO ON A SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIP

    by Shawn Merithew on October 27, 2009

    10 REASONS YOU NEED TO GO ON A SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIP

    1.  It will awaken and embolden your heart to God’s global purpose.  Evangelism and Missions are commissions given to each believer – they are not options.  We are to share God’s burden for the salvation of persons from every tribe, tongue, and people group.  Going on (more…)

  • Compass for Your Soul

    by Randy Breedlove on October 13, 2009

    America’s greatest theologian was Jonathan Edwards.  Edwards’ preaching and theological writings still have a strong influence on today’s church.  Recently, some of our pastors were fortunate to attend an ‘Expositor’s Conference’ in Mobile that taught about the lives of some of the reformers and puritans.  Edwards, an 18th Century Puritan, was the focus of one of our sessions.

    I thought it would be beneficial to share some of the influences on Edwards’ life that shaped Him into a man that was ‘God-enthralled’ in all that he did.  We all certainly want to be motivated by the ‘glory of God’ the way that Jonathan Edwards was.

    Edwards was a remarkable thinker who was proficient in handling the Scriptures.  Both his father and his grandfather pastored for nearly sixty years each.  So Edwards grew up being trained in the scriptures, the Westminster Shorter Catechism and reformed theology.  What a joy it is for us, as parents and grandparents, to be able to train our children in similar catechisms which are foundational to understanding biblical doctrine.  Take full advantage of faithfully teaching (more…)

  • Piper on Missions

    by Shawn Merithew on October 8, 2009

    As our Southeast Asia missions team prepares to depart this Saturday, the subject of missions here at Morningview is preeminently upon my heart.  We go to take the gospel to people who are lost and blinded by false religions.  There are some challenges and minor (more…)

  • FASTING, PRAYER, AND SOME GREAT IMMEDIATE NEEDS

    by Shawn Merithew on September 8, 2009

    I has been a supreme joy to me to be able to work through the first 18 verses of Matthew 6 over the past several Sunday mornings.  Giving emphasis again to prayer has been especially significant, because I believe this is an area where our church family has great potential to deepen and grow.   And if we add the discipline of fasting to our prayer lives, I know God will draw us deeper still.

    As I said on Sunday morning, the reward for fasting and prayer is personal conformity to God’s will and person, a clearer picture of His splendor, and a stronger confidence (more…)

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