It’s hard to believe that Christmas has already come and gone! As trees get taken down and decor gets put back into storage for another 11 months, all of us are now looking ahead to a new year, and at Harbins, a new year means new Bible studies and opportunities for growth and discipleship. Below is a list of upcoming studies that will be launching in January that you can participate in.
The Attributes of God/Pre-Service Prayer – Launching Sunday, January 6th, at 9:30am in the Sanctuary
Who Does God Say That He Is?
Misconceptions about God abound. But they don’t have to. God has revealed His character in Scripture, illuminating the attributes that define Him. While we, being finite creatures, can never truly comprehend everything that God is, we should study what He Himself has said.
In this 16-part teaching series, The Attributes of God, Dr. Steven Lawson articulates a biblical understanding of divine attributes and explores how a right understanding of God can affect every aspect of our lives.
In addition, I am excited to continue pre-service prayer. This past fall was the first time Harbins ever had a prayer time like this and from feedback I’ve received it has been very encouraging, impactful, and unity building. In our prayer time, we will be praying for the main service, the preaching, the worship, the church, visitors, and our own hearts as we prepare for corporate worship.
Desiring God- Launching Wednesday, January 16th, 7pm, in the Sanctuary.(Parents, bring your children as BibleKids will continue downstairs!)
(Note: our 1 Samuel study will resume at a later date either as a midweek study or Sunday morning sermon series.)
Outside of my conversion, there have been a handful of massive, life-changing, paradigm shifting moments in my spiritual life. One of them was in seminary when my professor introduced me to a man I’d barely heard of named John Piper. My world was rocked as I learned through Piper that I was called, even commanded, to glorify God through the enjoyment of and satisfaction in God. I learned that God’s highest pursuit and blazing passion was His own glory, and how that was a good thing. After all these years I am still thinking through the implications of Piper’s “Christian Hedonism” for my own life and ministry, and I’m sure I’ll ponder these things for the rest of my life. I look forward to pondering them with you as we explore these things together for the next couple of months.
Through open Bibles, short video clips, group discussions, and utilizing our own study guide, we will learn why pursuing maximum joy is essential to glorifying God and, in what may be surprising to some, how God is ready to pursue with all His might our pleasure in Him! The implications of this truth are discussed in regard to conversion, worship, love, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions, and suffering. I’m looking forward to some great conversation with you all as we pursue the enjoyment of God together!
Sermon on the Mount, a 9 Week Bible Study for Ladies, starting Tuesday February 5th at 10am in the fellowship hall at Harbins (childcare provided) and Thursday February 7th at 7pm at the home of Barbara Coleman (1830 Jessica Way Winder)
What does it mean to be a citizen of the kingdom of Heaven? The Sermon on the Mount articulates what the life of a Christ follower should look like, asking us the same questions it posed to its original hearers: How should a disciple relate to sin? To others? To the Law? How does a disciple think, speak, and act? In this 9-session study, examine the words of Jesus in-depth as He challenges us to think differently about repentance, salvation, and sanctification. This DVD study has excellent teaching from Jen Wilkin and we will also have a great time discussing what we learn together each week as we get to know each other and God’s Word better!
Theology Reading Group – Systematic Theology (Date and Time will be determined based on the availability of those who sign up. Sign up deadline is Jan. 13th)
One of the things I have a burden for is raising up leaders in the congregation and helping people develop a robust theology, as well as learning how to apply theology to everyday life. One means I would like to do this is through the launching of Theology Reading Groups. The idea is that I will take a group of interested members through a particular theological book, learning from it, and discussing its implications for life, church, our world, etc. While I envision Theology Reading Groups (TRGs) as one means to develop leaders in our church, you don’t have to aspire to church leadership to be in a TRG. This is for anyone who wants to grow deeper in discipleship through a greater understanding of God’s Word.
In the future, I’d love to see multiple TRGs at Harbins, but for now, we’ll start with one. I’d like to take a group through all 57 chapters of Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology. This is a big task, and will take over a year to go through. I am envisioning reading one chapter a week, and meeting every other week to discuss what we’ve read. Together we will explore a whole host of doctrines including:
- The Inerrancy of Scripture: Are there any errors in the Bible?
- The Existence of God: How can we know God exists?
- The Trinity
- Angels, Satan, and Demons
- The Person of Christ and the Work of the Spirit
- Church Government and Worship
- The Millennium and the Final Judgment
- And Much More!
I’m looking for people willing to make a significant commitment, and outside of emergencies, (or holidays/family vacations) can commit to no more than 2 or 3 absences as we explore the book. Before I announce a particular day and time that we would meet, I would first like to determine who would like to join this group. There will be open signups through Sunday, January 13th. At that time, depending on who would like to join me in this study, we will work out dates and times based on the availability of those interested. Once this group starts, it will be a closed group and you’ll be unable to join it and you’ll have to wait for another group to start in the future. If you are interested in this, let me know your best days and times in regards to availability. You can email me this at firstname.lastname@example.org or take advantage of the sign up sheet that will be on hand Sunday.
I am really excited about this TRG and look forward to launching soon!
I am hopeful that you can take advantage of one (or more) of these terrific opportunities for discipleship and fellowship. I look forward to learning and growing with you in 2019!
Grace and Peace,