Join us Sunday morning’s at 8:30 am for an interactive study of the bible and the stories within. This is an multi-generational group of men and women who want to enrich their lives with religious study. Our spring study will be about Ezekiel, Luke, Acts and Ephesians, as we discuss “The Promise of New Life”, “The Path to New Life” and “The Way of New Life”.
Editor Jan Turrentine of Adult Bible Studies series offered through Cokesbury, says this..
As a child, I commited to memory many verses of Scripture from the King James Version of the Bible. One I vividly recall is Hebrews1:11 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Memorization did not immediately translate into meaning for me. While I knew that faith and hope were somehow connected, I could not explain how. Only when my faith was tested and life’s circumstances threatened to snuff out hope completely did I begin to understand how faith informs hope and indeed lays its foundation.
When we live through periods of despair, when our difficult circumstances grow worse, when God seems silent, we cling to our faith buy may wonder if our hopes will every be realized. Perhaps it is exactly at that point that we should watch for God to intervene. The British writer G.K. Chesterton said: “Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all..It is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength.”
Certainly the stories of God’s people throughout history bear this out. A valley of dry bones, even the sealed tomb holding the lifeless body of the Savior, meant not the end, but a new beginning. How is that possible? It is not, apart from God’s life-giving breath. This quarter, writer John Hargis skillfully guides us from the despair of exile to the defeat of the cross and on to the rest of the story: God’s intentions always are forgiveness, restoration, and new life.
In the life of faith, God’s silence means neither deafness nor disinterest. Wilderness and exile indicate not God’s absence, but fertile ground for God’s creative activity. As people of faith, we are heirs to a life of hope: yet it is a legacy we must deliberately choose. We can live with the unshakable confidence that our God will never abandon us and will, in fact, give us a new heart, new spirit, and a new life.
May this season of Lent and Easter fill you with hope in Christ, who makes all things new.