1 Corinthians 1:1-17

 1 Corinthians 1:1-17

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,

To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

10 I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas: still another, “I follow Christ.”

13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.


The Duty of the Sheep Toward Their Shepherds

The Duty of the Sheep Toward Their Shepherds

 Hebrews 7:7; 17

7 Unquestionably, a lesser person is blessed by a greater.

17 For it is testified:

“You are a priest forever  according to the order of Melchizedek.”


1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

12 We ask you, brothers, to respect those who are laboring among you and who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you, 13 and to show esteem for them with special love on account of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.



Disciplines of Thought

Disciplines of Thought

Philippians 4:4-9

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

1 Peter 5:1-11

I Peter 5:1-11

Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. 10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. 11 To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Christian Education Classes Start January 14

Christian Education – Winter 2017-18

Sundays from 11:15 – 12:15

January 14 through March 24

Nursery: Children in the nursery will learn that the Bible is true and Jesus loves us. Taught by multiple teachers.

Preschool (Ages 3–5): Preschoolers will learn that the Bible is true and Jesus loves us. Taught by Kristi and Fritz Thornton.

Younger Elementary (Grades 1–3): Younger elementary will learn that the Bible is true and Jesus loves us. Taught by Amy and John Stolnis.

Older Elementary (Grades 4–6): Older elementary will study Old Testament books of the Law and History—Exodus to Ruth. Taught by TBD.

Youth Group (Grades 7-12): Explore personality, gifts, and callings with the goal to more fully appreciate how to integrate into the church body, serve the church and community, and advance God’s spiritual kingdom. Taught by Chuck Assadourian.

Friendship Class (Special Needs Education)

Living with Pain: This series helps us examine those more difficult times, and offers comfort and hope through biblical perspectives. Each day may bring new challenges, but sharing life’s burdens as a group and finding hope in God’s word is what Living with Pain is all about. Taught by Peggy Van Lowe and one adult/teen mentor for each student.

 Adult Education

 Praying with Paul: Walk through the Epistles to see what Paul taught in his “school of prayer” – the priorities of prayer, a God-centered framework for prayer, and practices for a more meaningful and dynamic prayer life – through a short video presentation and discussion. Taught by the Elders.