The primary way that pastors lead, equip, and serve the church is through their preaching and teaching. As pastors, our first desire is to be personally affected by the Word of God and to apply it to our own lives. We take very seriously our calling to “rightly divide” the Word of God and preach it in a way that is engaging, understandable, and practical for the benefit of the Church.
Martin Luther wrote, “This letter is truly the most important piece in the New Testament. It is purest Gospel. It is well worth a Christian’s while not only to memorize it word for word but also to occupy himself with it daily, as though it were the daily bread of the soul. It is impossible to read or to meditate on this letter too much or too well. The more one deals with it, the more precious it becomes and the better it tastes.” The desired end for this study is that the gospel, God’s revealed righteousness will grow in its preciousness to His people and that it will be nourishment for their souls.
The two part study on the book of Jonah reminds us first of our calling to a lost world to declare the good news of God’s grace. This is the good news that although God is just and righteous, He is also slow to anger, abounds with steadfast love and relents from disaster. Second we are reminded of our stubborn hearts and the need of hearts being transformed as we carry the message of Christ.
In this brief study of Colossians we discover that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Christ, therefore as the Christian matures in spiritual understanding and knowledge he not only enjoys the confident expectation of what is yet to come, he also enjoys experientially all the riches of full assurance of what is true in the present, that in Christ he has been made complete.
God’s ultimate purpose for the whole world and the whole of human history is to glorify his beloved Son in the midst of the people he has rescued and transformed. Therefore, church is more than a human entity or a man made organization. The church is the living breathing body of Christ left in this world to show forth His glory.
The resurrection and all that it entails is the apex of all history and therefore affects and changes everything in creation. It affects our standing before God, it affects our relationship with the saints, it affects our testimony in the world and it affects our transformation within. Explore the glories of Christ’s resurrection and everything it touches.
Genesis is the book of beginnings that is the seedbed of doctrinal truth. From it we learn of the sovereign God and Creator of our universe, the creation and fall of mankind, the promised Person for the remedy for sin, the mercy, grace, patience, justice and wrath of God, and much more. Join us in the discovery of what God has revealed about Himself.
Andreas Köstenberger recently wrote, “A day as significant as Christmas warrants an Advent of four weeks of preparation and enjoyment. We will marvel for eternity over the coming of God himself to save his people from their sins, and Advent’s four weeks of awe are a good place to start.” Join us as we explore the aspects of our Lord’s incarnation and stand in awe of its wonder.
Calvary is often blessed to have men of God passing through Hot Springs who are willing to share with us from the Word of God. These are a few who joined us.