- Women’s Bible Study
- Starting September 29th, the group will meet the last Tuesday of each month at 12:30.
We will meet in Fellowship Hall where we will be able to sit apart due to the virus. Wear your masks. We will be continuing our journey with Paul, beginning in Acts 17: verse 24. ALL WOMEN invited!! So looking forward to meeting with you again!!
- Mother’s Group: Fervent Bible Study
- Book: Fervent by Priscilla Shirer
- 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. on Zoom on September 16th and 30th, October 14th and 28th, November 11th and December 2nd.
- Contact Cathy Scott or Ashley Reeves in the church office for login information.
Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary and Online from September 23 – November 18
Kingdom is the Theme that Binds Jesus’ Life and Teachings Together
Mark 1:9-15 (ESV) In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him. Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
All four Gospel writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, share the same focus: testify about Jesus the Christ – who he is as revealed by his words and actions. However, each of the Gospel writers employs a unique style to the composition of the story he is telling. Mark employs a fast-paced narrative in writing his Gospel. He devotes fewer words than the other Gospel writers to the discourses of Jesus. Mark’s favorite transition word is “immediately.” When reading Mark’s Gospel, we barely get to catch our breath and he moves us on to the next scene of Jesus’ life-changing demonstration of the Spirit-driven life. Given Mark’s inclination for action, maybe we should not be surprised that he jumps right into the story, bypassing a birth narrative. His gospel brings us immediately face to face with Jesus and his initial announcement of the Kingdom’s presence and the requisite accompaniment: you best get ready!
But what does Jesus mean by the Kingdom of God? If “the good news (or Gospel) of the Kingdom” is in fact the most succinct way to sum up Jesus’ message, we best take the time to understand as well as possible what the Kingdom of God is all about. Over the course of nine weeks, we will take a look at a few different passages that will help fill in our understanding of the Kingdom of God.
September 23: The Gospel of the Kingdom and Old Testament Roots – Mark 1:1-15; Hebrews 10:1-6; Exodus 19:1-6
September 30: Kingdom Revealed Under the New Covenant; Eyes to See (Near, at Hand) – Exodus 8:16-19; Luke 11:14-23; Matthew 13:10-17; Matthew 16:13-20
October 7: Preparing to Receive or Enter the Kingdom (Repentance, Childlike humility, Poverty of Spirit) – Matthew 4:12-17; Luke 5:27-32
October 14: The Kingdom Demands Righteousness (Unless your zeal for righteousness…) – Matthew 5:13-20; Deuteronomy 4:1-8
October 21: The Kingdom in Parables – Subversion of the Status Quo – Matthew 13:10-17; 1 Corinthians 2:6-10
October 28: Enemies of the Kingdom (Exorcising Demons) – Matthew 8:28-34; 12:22-32
November 4: The Measure of Greatness in the Kingdom (Who Shall be Greatest?) – Luke 9:46-48; 22:24-30
November 11: How Rich is too Rich for the Kingdom? – Mark 10:17-31; Luke 16:10-13
November 18: Kingdom and Tribulation – Wait on It! (Revelation 1:9) Mark 13:1-24; Acts 1:6-8; 14:19-23
To register for this ministry event, please contact Tom at (412)977-9454 or email@example.com or contact Ashley Reeves in the church office; or reply to this registration link. Participants who choose to come in person to the sanctuary will need to wear a mask. Online participants will be sent a link to join a Zoom meeting for the group.
- Men’s Group #TheDudesAbide
- 1st Sunday of every month from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. on Zoom