There are some wonderful and dynamic preachers that I love to listen to. There are some great books written about issues of faith and I have some favorite authors. But there are some dynamic preachers and gifted authors who may not be communicating the accurate Truth. So how are we supposed to know?
In Acts 17 Paul and Silas go to the city of Berea in central Greece to share the Good News of Jesus. The people of Berea eagerly listened to the Gospel, but then they did something else: "They searched the Scriptures day after day to check up on Paul and Silas, to see if they were really teaching the truth." (Acts 17:11)
It's really easy to be lazy in our faith. We can just listen to a preacher or read a book or read a blog and accept what's communicated as the truth without any critical thinking or serious and prayerful evaluation. I don't mean to suggest that you go through life as a cynical and critical person, but I don't want any of us to go through life as gullible sheep either.
In Galatians 1:11-2:10, Paul argues that he received the Good News that he preached directly from Jesus and not 2nd hand from others. When he did compare notes with the Apostles in Jerusalem, they verified that there was no contradiction between the Gospel message that each of them was sharing. This Sunday, April 29th, we'll look at this passage and consider what our own responsibilities are in receiving teaching, verifying it's truth, and sharing it with others. I hope you'll be able to join us.
CHIC Fund Raisers
This coming July, we'll be sending 8 high school students and two adults to our Covenant denomination's triennial conference called "CHIC" (Covenant High In Christ) in Knoxville, TN. During these five days, 5000 students from Covenant churches around the county (and beyond) will gather at the University of Tennessee for a time of worship, transformation, and fun. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is often life changing for young people and we're thrilled to be able to enable our teens to be a part of it. However, we need to raise some money in order to get them there
so we're holding a couple fundraisers that we want you to know about:
Sunday, April 29th following morning worship
Come bid on some delicious desserts made by the students, their families, and some talented bakers within our congregation.
If you would like to contribute your dessert specialty to the auction, please contact Pastor Jeff
Saturday, May 5
9-4 at the church
We’re looking for donations of items for the sale (no clothing, please). Items can be dropped off at the church beginning on Thursday, May 3rd. If you need something picked up, please contact Pastor Jeff
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