• Why are we having special topical and thematic studies in Sunday School?

    by Tom Hicks on January 20, 2015

    StudyOn February 15, we’ll begin having special topical and thematic study classes during the Sunday School hour that will work very much like MIT did on Sunday evenings. After 10 weeks of special studies, we’ll switch back to the expositional model of Sunday School. Later in the year, we’ll introduce another 10 weeks of special studies, and then we’ll switch back again. So, why are we doing this? What are the reasons for the change? Consider these four reasons. (more…)

  • Taking Up the Call to Social Gospel Ministry

    by Shawn Merithew on November 8, 2012

    We were blessed this past Lord’s Day to observe Orphan Care Sunday here at Morningview.  The testimonies were excellent, the worship was very meaningful, and it was a joy to explore with you the theological basis and practical outworking of Christian adoption through the sermons.

    During my Sunday evening sermon, one of the points of application I made for us regarded the importance of raising up the next generation to be responsible for caring for those in need.  During the last century, the church has surrendered numerous aspects of social ministry to the secular state, thereby divorcing itself from ministry opportunities where the gospel is critically needed.  In specific regards to orphan care, we often see unwanted, abused, or neglected children as the problem of the state rather than (more…)

  • Should the Hardships of Orphan Ministry Deter Us from Orphan Ministry?

    by Shawn Merithew on June 26, 2012

    For many months, we have been praying diligently for Darren and Jacky Lewis, precious members of our church family who have been pursuing the adoption of two girls in Africa.  Jacky and Josie arrived home this week to be happily reunited with Darren, but they returned without the two adoptive girls.  For them, an adoption process that was supposed to take three months turned into over seven months, and it finally failed because of poor personnel and procedures in the country of origin.  This attempted adoption has proved to be a season of heartache for Darren and Jacky, as well as for the two girls there in Zambia.

    I know of another family that God sent out from Morningview a few years ago.  They completed a couple adoptions from the former Soviet Union.  They were very loving parents, but one of their adoptive sons really struggled to adjust to his new life here in the United States.  They persevered, and after a couple years, they returned with their children to the country of origin (more…)

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