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Senior Pastor Aaron Rayburn - New Wednesday Night Series Mere Christianity

Mere Christianity is the title of C.S. Lewis' most profound book. The title was used by Lewis to describe the essential beliefs to which all Bible-believing Christians should adhere. I would like to borrow the title Mere Christianity to describe the new series for Wednesday worship starting in January 2018.

In essence, this will be a systematic theology study series. Don't let the phrase "systematic theology" scare you away! Systematic theology is merely a study of Biblical doctrine. Most systematic theology studies start with the question, "Who is God?" and conclude with the question, "What will happen at the end of time?"

In between these two questions are a multitude of other doctrines such as sin, the person of Christ, the work of Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the Church, and humanity. So we will start in January with the question, "Why study theology? Why don't we just love Jesus?" We will quickly learn that these questions complement and enhance each other. In other words, we need to do BOTH!

Let me leave you with several reasons why we need to study Bible doctrine:

We are living in a church culture that is largely ignorant of Bible doctrine. Many Christians simply do not know what we believe or why we believe.

The Bible challenges us to adhere to sound doctrine (Psalms 19.7-8; 2 Timothy 3-4; Hebrews 5.13-14).

We must believe in Jesus and with Jesus. We cannot do either without studying the Word of God (Matthew 16.13-16). Who do we say Jesus is?

As our culture increasingly militates against the Church it is imperative that our theological foundation is firm and unshakeable. When facing a horrific execution what gave the Hanania, Azaria, and Mishael the boldness to declare to Nebuchadnezzar, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it…But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up" (Daniel 3.16-18). The answer? Right belief.

As parents and grandparents we represent God in our homes. Therefore, we represent right belief about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit before our families. Yes, our children can read the Bible for themselves, but we are to teach them by example and through family discipleship (Deuteronomy 6.4-9). How can we represent the truth in our homes if we do not know what we believe?

Place? The Family Life Center (after Wednesday Night Dinner)
What Time? 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Start Date? January 10
What To Bring? Yourself, a friend, and a Bible

Pastor Aaron


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