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Life By His Word – Fall 2016

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Why the Bible?

An Invitation from Pastor Stephen

In 2014 Suzi Levine was sworn in as the newest U.S. ambassador to Switzerland.  She created a bit of a stir during the oath when instead of using a printed Bible, she placed her hand over a digital Bible app that was opened up on the screen of her Kindle.  Some people thought it was inappropriate.

While we might debate the event and how the Bible should be made present in such civil ceremonies, there really is no confusion about where GOD wants His Word. God intends for His Word to come to YOU, not for your office or kindle book shelf, but as a gift for your ears and your eyes and your mind and your heart.  God doesn’t want His Word to merely mark the paper of a dust covered book or to hide behind the darkened pixels of an inactive screen. He wants His promises, all of them, to delight your mind and mark your life as a person of promise.  He wants His Word to illuminate your plans and decisions with an ever-growing faith in Him.  Jesus, himself, says big things about His Word in your life:

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”(Mt 7:24)

“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.”(Jn 6:63)

“If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” (Jn 14:23)

“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”(Jn 15:7)

He wants His promises, all of them, to delight your mind and mark your life as a person of promise.  He wants His Word to illuminate your plans and decisions with an ever-growing faith in Him.

Because God’s Word is His gift to enlighten and strengthen our trust in His salvation and goodness… Because there is no end to the number of topics and questions that have come to your mind about God and life… Because Zion has purchased some excellent materials for small group Bible Studies… and Because I know you won’t regret it… I am inviting you to open up the gift of God’s Word this fall by joining a Bible Study group.

Life By His Word is the name of our campaign to engage twenty or more new people in Bible study groups this fall.  Life By His Word is also the name of the new materials available to guide leaders and participants.  Materials are available for EVERY book of the Bible that may be of interest to you.  Below is the list of Bible study groups already planning to meet this September and I’m working to start a few more. (TBA)
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Bible Study Sign Up Day – September 11

On the morning of Sunday, September 11th (Grow in the Word Sunday) we will thank God for His gift to us of His Holy Word.  We will pray for and bless Zion’s teachers (Bible Study, Sunday School, and Day School).  Also after church, tables will be set up downstairs for each already existing Bible Study group with representatives of the group whom you can meet and ask questions.  Don’t put off your study of God’s Word!  Jump in and experience “Life By His Word.”

 

 

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