INTOTHE WORD, OUT TO THE WORLD
I believe the biggest dilemma facing the church in America today is not disbelief from without, but complacency from within. Far too many people who claim the name of Christ do not know His teachings, so they do not follow the example of His life, and therefore, do not have any significant impact upon the world. We are far too casual about reading and studying the word of God. As a result, the Christian faith has been marginalized by our culture. But before we can turn our eyes to the world to bring about positive change, we must first turn our eyes to Jesus by focusing our attention on His word. That is why the theme for our church in 2023 will be "Into the Word, Out to the World".
We want to encourage every child, youth and adult in our church family to become more engaged in the word of God so we can be more engaged in the world as followers of Christ. Why so much emphasis on the Bible? Because we can't follow what we don't understand, we can't understand what we don't know, we can't know what we don't study and we can't study what we don't read.
There are three steps we are asking you to take this year:
1. Read through the whole Bible. At the very least, read the entire New Testament. To help you do this there are a variety of Bible reading plans available at Connection Central. Find one that appeals to you and go for it!
2. Participate insome form of Bible study. We have several classes available for all ages at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings and throughout the year we will offer various classes on other days and times. If a group study does not work for you there are a variety of online Bible studies available that you can do personally.
3. Focus on finding practical ways to live out what you are learning in Scripture. Application is an essential part of Bible study.
I hope you will join us this year as we go deeper in the word so we can make a positive difference as we go out into the world.
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT NEWSLETTERS
Due to the rising cost of postage, we are no longer bulk mailing our newsletters. We encourage everyone to give the church office an email address so you can receive the newsletter by email, or you can pick one up at Connection Central the first Sunday of each month. If the only way you can receive the newsletter is by mail, please contact the church office and will continue to mail it to you.