Weekly Update from Pastor Phil

Greetings!

I’m grateful for the joyous service that we had on Sunday culminated with Bella Fortner’s baptism. How encouraging to hear her testimony, particularly of the way that her parents and two of her peers spoke the gospel into her life.

Tomorrow night Mitch Kimbrell will be wrapping up our study on the Sermon on the Mount before we begin a new STINT class. We’ve been blessed by Mitch’s contributions in teaching on Wednesday night and helping with the study in interpreting the Scripture on Sunday mornings. We look forward to him opening the Word tomorrow at 6:30.

Next Wednesday we get started with our newest STINT class, “Why the Reformation Still Matters.” We’re following the helpful book by the same title written by Michael Reeves and Tim Chester. This is the year of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary, so we’re celebrating early by considering the primary truths recovered and emphasized during this great movement of the Holy Spirit. We’ll follow this fall with a study of characters of the Reformation. I hope that you can join us each week for this time of thinking and discussing together at 6:30 each Wednesday.

We also get started tomorrow night at 5:00–5:30 with our Wednesday Theological Reading. We began doing this reading together last year and have found it to be very helpful in thinking together about some of the great truths of the Christian faith. This time we’re reading Carl Trueman’s book, Grace Alone: Salvation as a Gift of God. We have the book available on our book rack for $14, so pick up a copy and join us. We’ll consider half of the 1st chapter this week.

We have a large group of students heading to youth camp in Louisville for the D3 Camp at the end of the month. I’m grateful for Matt Sliger’s leadership with our young people. It’s so good to see what the Lord is doing in their lives. Let’s keep them in our prayers.

We dug into Micah on Sunday in our 9:00 a.m. “Learning to Interpret Scripture” class. Mitch Kimbrell and I were thrilled by the way that the class responded to looking at the biblical text in its literary, historical, theological, and Christological focus. Walking around the tables, listening to the conversations, watching the note taking, hearing the questions, and then listening to responses shows that a greater appreciation for understanding and applying the Word of God is happening. If you’ve not joined us yet for this study, then please do so on Sunday. We have workbooks to help you along, plus there is always good help at the tables with eager students of the Word and plenty of resources too. Steve Runer and Garrett Shaw will be leading this class on Sunday.

We looked at one of the most difficult passages in 1 John on Sunday, and yet one that is most encouraging when thinking about the effectiveness of Christ’s work in those He saves. Matt Sliger will be continuing with 1 John 3:11–18 on Sunday. My family and I will be out for a few days vacation but will look forward to returning and getting into 1 John together on June 18th. I hope that you find this week’s message to be helpful.

Blessings,
Phil N.