January 4, 2018
Continuing our tradition from last year, we kept the Christmas season rolling with our After Christmas, Christmas Party and it was a hoot! Before jumping into our Christmas festivities, we spent some time at the beginning watching a Bible Project video on the word “Hope,” and tied it into the the hope and anticipation that we feel on days like Christmas Eve. The tension and excitement that comes with knowing that the next morning we get to spend the whole day in our PJ’s, hanging with our families, and opening gifts from each other is the same sort of tension and excitement that the writers of the New Testament are feeling when they’re writing about the “living hope” in Christ. As Christians, it is our joy to wait and anticipate the day when God will make all things news, and will crush the head of the snake.
Next week we’ll be back into our normal swing, worshipping together and studying through some more student questions. We’ll look at the question of Slavery in the Bible next. The plan is to take the next three weeks to finish up our series on student questions, and then in February, we’ll start studying through the book of Ephesians together. As a heads up to you all, I’ll be asking the students to read through the book of Ephesians as a little home work assignment to get them more familiar with it.
With Paul, I am praying for you and your families that “according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith – that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ…” (Eph. 3:16-19)