“So, faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17)
My Sunday School cohorts have heard me say many times that when we study the Bible, we learn new things each time we read the Scripture. We learn by studying the Word, and I believe that it strengthens our faith and our witness when we study scripture each day. Sometimes it is just a matter of reading silently each day and listening. Read, and ask, “What does this passage tell me about God?” Read and ask, “What does this passage tell me about man?” Listen. Ask. “What does this passage tell me about the relationship between God and man?” Look at the culture of the time. Now look at today, and ask how this passage teaches us today. I encourage each adult over 18 to be in a Bible study class.
We have a great Advent study in December. You can join the class at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings with Val Holzman or join the class on Zoom Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm with Bonnie Chesky. This is a great class for all ages.
Advent allows us to reclaim the Christmas season. To reclaim the hope and the beauty and the power that is in the birth of Jesus Christ. And to remember that that same faithful God who fulfilled that promise is also go-ing to fulfill every promise He’s made to you and to me. Don’t let this Christmas season pass you by without experiencing the true beauty and significance of Advent. Slow down. Seek Him. And when you seek Him, you’ll find Him waiting right here for YOU. Being in a class with other seekers will fill your life with Hope and Joy.
As we approach Christmas, the Advent season offers us a chance to rejoice in the promises we celebrate: the HOPE that Jesus will come back and bring about a new beginning, the JOY that comes from worshipping Him today and always, the PEACE we experience with God now and hope for our world to experience, and the LOVE of a God who gave up His own Son. We invite you to be a part of our Advent Book Study as we prepare our hearts for the arrival of Jesus.
An Unlikely Advent: Extraordinary People of the Christmas Story by Rachel Billups
This four-week Advent study focuses on the experiences of four sets of often overlooked characters in the Nativity story. During this Advent season, Rachel Billups guides readers through hope, love, joy, and peace by sharing the stories of Elizabeth and Zechariah, Herod, the Magi, and the shepherds using both video and written word. Each set of unexpected characters has something to teach about living faithfully on the journey to Christmas.
In-Person Study Begins Sunday, November 26, 9:30-10:30 am, Light House Room
Leader: Val Holzman
The class runs from November 26 – December 17. The book is optional. Books will be available for sale in the church office.
Zoom Study Begins Tuesday, November 28, 7:00-8:00 pm
Leader: Bonnie Chesky
The Zoom class will be held on November 28, December 5, December 12, and December 19. Please contact the church office to register. The book is optional. Books will be available for sale in the church office.