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Session 4: The Call, The Commandment, and The Commission of Covenant

The Names, Attributes and Character of God – Inside and outside of Creation Promised Seed: Prophecy Fulfilled Triune God: United in Character, Nature and Will John Preached the Gospel & Paul Preached the Gospel THE CALL: FOLLOW ME (How Far? What is the Cost?) It is Finished! HE COMMANDMENT: LOVE The four pillars of the covenant relationship: Acts 2:42

Session 3: The Contrast of Covenants (Law vs Grace)

Covenant Based on Total Obedience: Perfection God’s Does Not Forget: a Reminder Drawing into Relationship Future Promise: Jeremiah 4:1-4; Jeremiah 31:31-37; Ezekiel 36:26-27 Receiving the Spirit: By Works of Law or Hearing of Faith? The Sanctification Walk: Justification, Propitiation, Atonement, Imputation, Reconciliation, Sanctification, Glorification First Adam Many Made Sinners – Last Adam Many Made Righteous

Session 2: The Tapestry of Covenant

Introduced are Four Threads woven in as the Warp and Woof of History through: Adam’s Covenant found in Genesis 3 Testing and Temptation through James 1 From Curses to Redemption The Noahic Covenant Obedience Leading to Life V.S. Disobedience and Separation REMEMBER the Words spoken and the Passing Away of the World Abraham: The making of God’s Friend Promise of Blessings to All the Families of the Earth Covenant to Israel and the Land By Faith Made Righteous

Session 1: Introduction of the Triune God and His Creation of the Heavens & the Earth

Retreat theme song: The Story unfolds: (lights are off…) Genesis 1 (NASB95) 1 In the beginning God …created the heavens and the earth. But there was no form… only substance … there was no fashion …only disorder… Yet YOU in plural were there as source…the BEGINNING 2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. (slowly there is light) The…

Cloud of Witnesses – Book Review

My husband and I moved to Granite Falls in the summer of 2009. We came from a major railroad hub in the Midwest. One of the first things we noticed about our new little town was the absence of train whistles as well as the sound of planes flying over. Imagine the look on our faces when we saw the sign across the major intersection of our town that read “RAILROAD DAYS OCTOBER 1ST”. I have to admit we laughed;…

Are You a Serious Christian?

Hey All! I wanted to jot down some thoughts as I prepare the outline for this week’s Sunday service. To set the stage, I have to say that I have been enjoying our study in Revelation. There is so much in this book to process. Sometimes I feel like I am drinking from a fire hose! However,  as I process what we are learning and try to relate it to our worship, I am often left feeling overwhelmed and very inadequate.…

Deacon Report

This year we have five, count them, five deacons. These are men who have been selected by the body and have consented to be responsible to see to it that needs are met for our church property and in the lives of people. The deacons for this year are Jim Haverfield, Steve Sheffler, Bill Short, Mel Marchese, and Rusty Gray. Our job as deacons is not necessarily to do all of the work but to see that it gets done. That…

Year End Letter

Perseverance? As I have been reflecting on this past year, and attempting to look ahead into what this next year my bring, my mind and heart were drawn towards a single word. “Perseverance” (endurance) is a vital word we can’t afford to misunderstand. A military friend of mine contacted me when stationed in a non-combative nation overseas. Through our correspondence, I could tell things weren’t going well. He mentioned his great struggle to maintain his Christian witness and his inability…

None Like You

We would like to introduce you to a new song that we’ve been working on for the past for weeks. It’s a song that God gave me in the midst of my suffering and we look forward to sharing it with you as we worship together this Sunday. None of us are exempt from pain, suffering, hardship and trials. It seems that they are an ever present part of our existence as humans. A few nights ago as I lay…
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