Scripture Study for Sunday Morning Small Group Isaiah 11:1–10 offers a vision of the peaceable kin-dom, where the instincts of predators and prey are reversed, and part of who they are has fundamentally changed. Read the passage: A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall......
Holiday Turkeys and Food Boxes Last year, we began serving Holiday Food Boxes through the Dunn United Ministerial Association Food Pantry in order to partner with other churches in our community. While we used to do food boxes on our own, working with other churches enables us to (1) provide more food boxes to more people, (2) work in unity with other Christians, and (3) support DUMA! Todd Snyder, our DUMA Food Pantry Director, has asked for our support again. This year, in an effort to better serve folks, we will be......
Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. – 1 Corinthians 14:10 (NIV) This past Sunday, we were introduced to Sonya Paoli, a missionary with Wycliff Bible Translations to Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinea is off of Australia and is about the size of California. Papua New Guinea has 850 native languages. 300 of these native languages still do not have a Bible translation. Sonya is working with a team that is working on the Yamap native language. Sonya is 27 years......
As you continue to think Biblical interpretation as turning the gem of scripture over and over to look at every possible face, here is a list of Bible study resources that you might find helpful. there are many more than I include in this brief list. And please note that some resources are great while others are not. Bible Translations It is always a good idea to start by reading passages of scripture in multiple English translations. this helps you to see a passage from several different angles just by the differences......
After talking about Biblical Interpretation this past Sunday, I want to offer you some practical tools to use in your Bible study than can aid in your interpretation of scripture. To begin, I want to return to the image I used on Sunday about studying and interpreting scripture. Scripture should be studied as though it were a precious gem. When you look at a gem, the light refracts off of every face of the gem. And every gem has many, many faces. So, as you study it, you turn it around and......