Saturday, August 13, 2011

"Power-Packed" Starts Sunday




The big idea: We end the summer by taking a close look at four of the shortest books of the Bible. But don’t let their length fool you. These ancient postcards are packed with timeless truths. Besides revealing some fascinating details about the first century church’s character, they also reinforce the nature of God’s heart. The ink on the postcards is as fresh as if they had just been sent yesterday. Their applications are as personal as if each one was addressed to you.

August 14: Philemon—Restoring the Fallen

In this heartfelt intercession on behalf of a runaway slave Paul helps us see that Christianity does not help a man escape his past by running away from it, but enables him to face it through forgiveness.

August 21: 2 John—Treasuring the Truth

There is a great need in the life of a Christian to balance truth and love. Our challenge is finding and keeping this balance.

August 28: 3 John—Walking Together

“How good and pleasant it is,” the psalmist says, “when brothers live together in unity.” Some may jokingly reply, “The psalmist didn’t go to my church!” Three very different New Testament church leaders will teach us how we can better walk together.

September 4: Jude—Persevering in the Faith

Though Jesus has clearly won the victory over sin and death, the battle for each individual soul rages on. As one of our prayers states: “the times and days and perilous.” God give us the wisdom and the zeal to use the tools he’s given us to persevere in these spiritually dangerous times!

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