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Introduction to The Revelation

Northlake Baptist Church has recently been asked by Hartwell Quest / Hartwell University (an online Christian Education organization) to use our Revelation Study as part of a FREE online course beginning on January 10, 2022. If you are interested in taking this course, please see the information below: 

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Speaking in Tongues?

On Wednesday Night, January 12th, at 6:30pm, we will study "Speaking in Tongues" which has been requested by several of our Bible study members. Mark 16:17 says "speaking with new tongues" will be a sign of "those who believe." The Greek word for speaking in "tongues" is "glossa" which is a figure of speech meaning languages or dialects. 

     "Speaking in Tongues" is a confusing concept within the various denominations of Christianity. Some of the more charismatic denominations see speaking in tongues as proof of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. They believe that people who believe in Christ are "born again" or regenerated, but there is a "second blessing" later in the Christian pilgrimage where the believer is baptized with the Holy Spirit and graced with the ability to "speak in tongues."

     Other Christian groups believe that there is no "second blessing". They believe that new believers are baptized by the Holy Spirit at the moment of conversion. Some Christians believe that the spiritual gift of "speaking in tongues" was the gift of learning to communicate in different languages. Others see "speaking in tongues" as a sign given to the early church during the age of the apostles but has ceased in later generations. ICorinthians 13:8 speaks of a time when "tongues... will cease."

     What do you think? Is the Spiritual Gift of Speaking in Tongues still available today? 

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Old Testament Interpretation

On Wednesday Night, January 5th, at 6:30pm, we will study Old Testament Interpretation. Does the Old Testament apply to New Testament Christians? There are a variety of opinions among Christians on this topic.

     -Some quote Romans 8:2 that in Christ we have been freed from the law; therefore, we should "unhitch" ourselves from the Old Testament.

     -Other Christians believe in "Replacement Theology"; that is, the New Testament Church has replaced Israel in the plan and promises of God. Since the Church has replaced Israel, we are free to "name and claim" all those promises from the Old Testament.

     -Still other groups think that Christians should keep all the Old Testament laws PLUS believe on the Lord Jesus Christ in order to be saved.

     This will be our Wednesday Night Question of the Week. Does the Old Testament apply to New Testament Christians? 

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Is God Really Good?

   On Wednesday Night, December 29th, we will try to answer the question- "Why is there Evil in the world?" I was recently asked to discuss this topic by someone who works in the justice system and deals with criminals and their families. Children in these families are often forced to live in an abusive environment where parents are addicted to a variety of things such as drugs, alcohol, money, pornography, adultery, violence, etc. Children raised in these situations often ask "Why would a loving God allow me to be born into such an abusive situation?" Then tragically, these same children often grow up and follow in the footsteps of their abusive fathers and mothers. Why does God allow this evil to go on?  

     Theologians often refer to this as "the Three Legged Stool." First, God is good. Second, God is all powerful. Thirdly, evil exists. If God is good, but He can't stop evil – Is He really all powerful? If God is all powerful, but He won't stop evil – Is He really good?

     That will be our Wednesday Night Question of the Week. With all the evil that is going on in the world "Is God Really Good?"

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Merry Christmas !

On Wednesday Night, December 22nd, at 6:30 p.m. we will not have our normal online Wednesday Night Bible Study. With all the scheduled events of the Christmas Season, we will have our monthly business meeting off line. Our next online service will be Sunday, December 26th at 11:00 a.m. and we encourage you to join us then. Until then, Merry Christmas to you and your family !

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