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Cross Culture

On Wednesday Night, August 10th, at 6:30pm, we will be lead by Ken Jones as we study "Cross Culture-How to have a Godly approach and appeal in an ungodly culture.” Specifically, we will study how this relates to the Christian college student in today's university atmosphere.

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Racial Relationships

On Wednesday Night, August 3rd, at 6:30pm, we will study what the Bible has to say about “Racial Relationships.” Specifically, we will try to answer some questions about interracial dating and marriage. Race relations can be complicated in a multi-cultural nation like the United States. America has been called a “Melting Pot” where various people groups, ethnicities, and races have settled, assimilated, and united to become one people called “Americans.” There have been other times when America has seemed more like a “Stewing Pot” where there has been multi-cultural division, segregation, and strife. 

     Our Wednesday Night Question of the Week will be:

          Should Christians Date or Marry someone from a different Race? 

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Has God’s Judgment of America already begun?

On Wednesday Night, July 27th, at 6:30pm, we will study the Judgment of God. I was recently asked if God is going to judge America for her sins or has God’s Judgment already begun? 40 years ago, the great evangelist Billy Graham looked at the moral decline of the USA and said, "God will either judge America or apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah."

     The Bible teaches that God is holy and just; therefore, He will not be apologizing to anyone. Rom 14:12 says “each of us shall give account of himself to God.” And God’s Judgment not only applies to individuals, it also applies to nations.

     God’s judgment of nations is summarized in Psalm 9:4 “​You sat on the throne judging in righteousness. 5 ​​You have rebuked the nations, ​​You have destroyed the wicked; ​​You have blotted out their name forever and ever….7 the LORD shall endure forever; ​​He has prepared His throne for judgment.8 ​​He shall judge the world in righteousness, ​​And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness. ​9 ​​The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, ​​A refuge in times of trouble. 10 ​​And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; ​​For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You… ​​The nations have sunk down in the pit which they made; ​​In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught. 16 ​​The LORD is known by the judgment He executes; ​​The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.

17 ​​The wicked shall be turned into hell, ​​And all the nations that forget God.”

     The Word of God is clear and sure. God in His holiness & righteousness will punish sin and at the same time will save those who put their faith and trust in Him. But what about the United States of America whose motto is “In God We Trust”, but in recent years, we have put our trust in the American Dream of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”? Is God’s judgment still in the future or has our judgment already begun?   

     That is our Wednesday Night Question of the Week. 

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Why Men Hate Going to Church ?

On Wednesday Night, July 20th, at 6:30pm, we will try to answer the question “why do men hate going to church?” I recently received a book review from called “The Truth about Why Men Hate going to Church.” The book was written by David Murrow who worked in the video production industry for over 30 years and was also an Elder in the Presybterian church.

     He said, “I loved God, but I hated going to church… Sunday morning would find my body in the pews, but my heart was elsewhere.” He summarizes the problem by saying it’s the church’s fault. The church ministries are geared for women. The typical church is built around “traditionally feminine” roles of caring for the sick, caring for children, singing, reading, and socializing.  

     He says “The things that guys are into – strategic planning, sports, competition – these things are frowned on in the church. Church is supposed to be a warm, murturing place where we hold hands and love each other. [The average] Joe probably feels that he can connect better with God outside of the institution of 'organized religion.’ I’ve talked with men who’ve had profound experiences with God while they are out hunting or out on a boat on the water.”   

     While Murrow offers lots of recommendation on how to fix this “men hating church” problem, he recommends that pastors begin with the sermon. “Shorter is better.. if I were going to plant a church, I would preach 10-minute sermons… [also] men are visual learners… so the best thing is for the pastor to actually bring an object into the pulpit when he… speaks. Preach concise sermons built around object lessons. A pastor who does that will have a church full of men in a few years.”

     Our Wednesday Night Question of the Week:

          Will Short Sermons and Object Lessons Help Men Love Church?

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Reformed Baptists?

On Wednesday Night, July 13th, at 6:30pm, we will try to answer some questions from our e-mail box about Reformed Theology and its influence in the Southern Baptist Convention. In many ways, Reformed Theology and the Theology of most Southern Baptists are very similar because the Southern Baptist Convention of Churches was born out of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th Century. The Reformation of the 16th Century was a protest against many abuses within the Roman Catholic Church. When a revival of faith within the Roman Catholic church did not seem possible, there was a protest against the church from which we have Protestant Denominations. Several of these Protestant groups adopted the 5 Sola’s as their Statement of Faith: (Sola is the Latin word for “alone.”) We believe in Scripture Alone as the authoritative Word of God. And we believe we are saved by Grace Alone, through Faith Alone, in Christ Alone and to God Alone be the Glory.  

     The Protestant Reformed groups believed that these “solas” would correct many of the errors within the Roman Catholic Church. If you study the theology and history of these “solas”, you will see that there are many points where the Reformed Denominations and Baptist Denominations are in agreement. But there are a few points where there is some disagreement.

     Our Wednesday Night Question of the Week is:

     What are the differences between Southern Baptist and Reformed theology? 

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