• Is “How People Change” in Sunday School really a “Bible study?”

    by Tom Hicks on August 29, 2013

    How People Change

    Interestingly enough, Bible teaches us that there are many different ways to study the Bible. If we focus on just one of the ways we’re supposed to study the Bible, then our knowledge of the Bible, of Christ, and of ourselves will be greatly impoverished. Let me list (more…)

  • Why Study "How People Change" in Sunday School?

    by Tom Hicks on August 5, 2013

    How People Change
    Tim Lane and Paul Tripp
    September 8 – December 8

    I don’t normally favor having video series and workbook studies in Sunday school. But Tim Lane and Paul Tripp’s study, How People Change, is an important exception. The pastors body has asked us to have this fourteen week study in (more…)

  • God's New Year's Resolutions

    by Tom Hicks on December 31, 2012

    Tis the time for “New Year’s Resolutions.” While I’m not totally opposed to making New Year’s resolutions, I would submit that there is no power in them at all. The power to change your life does not come from your personal resolve, but from God’s resolve.

    When we make New Year’s resolutions, we often focus on ourselves, our determination, our discipline, and our personal efforts. But our focus should never be on ourselves, especially when it comes to personal change. Our focus should be on God and what He has done in Christ, is doing in Christ and will do in Christ. When we think on God’s resolutions, our hearts are won to Him and then we lovingly, joyfully, and willingly resolve to change for His glory.

    So this year, rather than making “New Year’s resolutions” (especially ones not found in the Bible), I would encourage you to think on God’s resolutions. Certainly God’s resolutions are never limited to the New Year, and that’s part of their beauty. God’s resolutions originate in eternity, and they remain immutably constant in time. God’s resolutions never need to be renewed because He brings every one of them to pass according to the times appointed in His eternal decree.

    Let us simply look on Him and His works. Let us look away from ourselves, away from our sins, away from our faith, away from our love and good works, and instead set our eyes upon our God.

    Consider just a few of God’s eternal resolutions related to “newness.”

    1. He resolved to forgive us. “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. . . . I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins” (Isa 43:19, 25).

    2. He resolved to create a new heavens and a new earth in which weeping will be no more. “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her people to be a gladness. I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in my people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress” (Isa 65:17-19).

    3. He resolved to make an unbreakable new covenant, unlike the old covenant. “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more” (Jer 31:31-34).

    4. He resolved that His love and mercy will never come to an end, but that they are new every morning. “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lam 3:22-23).

    5. He resolved to give His people one heart and a new spirit that walks in His commandments. “And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God” (Ezek 11:19-20).

    6. He resolved to make His people a new creation in Christ. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Cor 5:17).

    7. He resolved to end the division between Jews and Greeks (and all racial/ethnic divisions) and to make one new man in Christ. “For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility” (Eph 2:14-16).

    8. He resolved to open a new and living way to Himself through the shed blood of His Son. “We have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh” (Heb 10:19-20).

    9. He resolved to make all things new. “And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true” (Rev 21:5).

  • WHAT ARE THE ANSWERS TO LIFE'S BIGGEST QUESTIONS?

    by Shawn Merithew on March 17, 2010

    Four of the biggest questions we are faced with in this life are:  (1) Why am I here?  (2)  What is wrong with the world? (3) What happens when I die? and (4) How is it all going to end?  Interestingly enough, the answers to these questions form the basis of what is called a “World-View,” and your “World-View” is your basic scheme or philosophy (more…)

  • 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.

  • Honoring Our Military Families

    by Shawn Merithew on April 24, 2009

    Since of founding in 1949, our proximity to Maxwell Air Force Base has afforded us the special blessing of having United States military personal as active members of our church family.Over the years, we have been immensely blessed by their talents, there leadership gifts, their work ethic, and their dedication to Christ.Even today, these committed families (more…)

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