Recommended Links Around the Web February 2014

We often share helpful, practical, timely and informative articles on our Facebook page. For some of you that aren’t facebookers or don’t check it often we thought we would share some links periodically on this blog. These are meant to benefit you, equip our membership, and foster a biblical worldview.

Disclaimer: We do not endorse everything in each of these articles, nor everything from each organization they represent.

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Recommended Resources Dec. 2013

We often share helpful, practical, timely and informative articles on our Facebook page. For some of you that aren’t facebookers or don’t check it often we thought we would share some links periodically on this blog. These are meant to benefit you, equip our membership, and foster a biblical worldview.

Disclaimer: We do not endorse everything in each of these articles, nor everything from each organization they represent.

  1. How you respond if a friend invited you to their same-sex marriage ceremony? Here’s how John Piper responded to that question in a very gracious yet biblical way, Would You Attend a Gay Wedding?
  2. I talked about the Church affiliation rate in Mineral County, WV in this post.
  3. How/when should you leave a church? One of my mentors in Ohio gives some great wisdom in, How does one leave his church?
  4. Do you believe in dentists? Here’s a cool illustration of the same argument some use to say they do not believe in God.
  5. Don’t Segregate the youth! A good thought on the dangers of segregating the youth away from the rest of the church.
  6. Benefit from the ministry of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones and his teaching on spiritual depression. A book trailer for the book Spiritual Depression.
  7. Some wisdom for parents: Parents, require obedience of your children.
  8. What Happens When You’re Not There: The effects of missing church. 



New Messaging Service

Communication is very important to the life of the church. As the cold weather sets in it is especially important for us to stay connected regarding activities and events at Gospel Life.

In this day and age it seems there are hundreds of ways to communicate and everyone has his or her prefered method. For these reasons we decided to start using YapTap for our church messaging service.

Yaptap is a messaging platform for faith based non-profits that integrates with our Fellowship One database and directory. The best thing about YapTap is that it allows you to pick how your received messages.

That’s right, when we send a message out from the church you can pick whether you get it as a text, email, facebook message or tweet. Just like Burger King, Have it your way:-).

Just click here to sign up.

 



Gender Roles at Gospel Life

Here’s the text from our position statement in Gospel Life’s Constitution. You may read the entire constitution here.

GENDER ROLES- We believe that God deliberately created the equal yet distinct genders of male and female. Both genders, as image-bearers of God, share equal personhood and worth, with equal access to God (I Cor. 11:11-12; Gal. 3:27-28; I Pet. 3:7). The New Testament intensifies the equality between genders with equal baptism (Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:41) and reception of spiritual gifts (Acts 2:17-18; I Cor. 12:7; I Pet. 4:10). We believe that though equal in person and worth, God created complimentary (complimentarian) roles for each gender functionally (Gen. 2:18; I Cor. 11:9; Eph. 5:22-28). We believe that one’s gender is chosen by God and is part of one’s personhood, thus we oppose the transgender lifestyle.



Biblical View of Marriage

The Christian worldview informs one in many areas of ethics. CNN just released a report showing that polyamory is on the rise (see here). When one leaves the Bible as the authoritative source of morality the is no end to where our sinful hearts will take us. See Romans 1 for reference. Below is the statement on marriage recently adopted in our church constitution.

 

MARRIAGE –We believe in the holy covenant of marriage. After creating male and female, God created marriage for them (Gen. 2:18-25). Marriage is a covenant in which a man and woman leave their parents and form a lifelong monogamous bond for the purposes of: picturing the relationship of Christ and His Church (Eph. 5:22-33), companionship (Gen 2:20), procreation (Gen 1:28; Mal. 2:15), pleasure (Prov. 5:18-20; Heb. 13:4), and a deterrent from temptation (I Cor. 7:2, 9). Thus marriage is a permanent covenant broken only by death and specific scriptural exceptions such as unrepentant adultery, Mt 19:9. Furthermore, all expressions of sexuality outside of the bonds of marriage are deemed sinful sexual immorality. These include, but are not limited, to acts and lifestyles such as homosexuality, bestiality, prostitution, polygamy, polyandry, and polyamory. (Hebrews 13:4; Genesis 1:28 & 2:18; Matthew 19:1-6; Romans 1:26-28) We further believe that those practicing such acts should be treated with love, respect and presented the life-changing news of the Gospel. Church membership is available to all those who repent of their sin and believe the Gospel 1 Cor 6:11.

 

You can view the entire constitution here.



John Reading Plan

john imageThis past Sunday we introduced the Gospel according to John. I’d like to encourage each of you to take some time to read John’s gospel so that our hearts and minds are tuned to the majestic themes about Jesus that John points us to.

For those of you that read on an electronic device here is a reading plan I would encourage you to use. Often I will read from my paper bible while using the reading plan from an app for accountability.

You Version 10 Day John Plan takes you through the gospel of John in 10 days. If you miss some readings or days, hit “settings” and “catch me up” to adjust the schedule.

 

Grace to you,

 

Jayson

 



Family Life Seminar

Join us November 16th from 9am to Noon for a

Family Life Seminar

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Speakers

Dr. Susan Tasker

Bio info here.

Dr. Sherry Campbell

Bio info here.

Schedule

9-9:30am Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30 -10:30 1st Session

10:30-11:00 Coffee/Refreshments & Discussion

11:00-Noon 2nd Session

 

Cost

$5 per individual (suggested donation at registration).

 

Topics

  • Boundaries within Marriage
  • Parenting Issues


Recommended Links

We often share helpful, practical, timely and informative articles on our Facebook page. For some of you that aren’t facebookers or don’t check it often we thought we would share some links periodically on this blog. These are meant to benefit you, equip our membership, and foster a biblical worldview.

Disclaimer: We do not endorse everything in each of these articles, nor everything from each organization they represent. 

  1. The #1 Reason for the Decline in Church Attendance and how to remedy it.
  2. 10 Things Church Visitors Never Want to Hear.
  3. How to Mourn with the Parents of Stillborn and Miscarried Children
  4. 8 Ways to Help Depressed Christians 
  5. Some people have asked why we have a Family Integrated Service on Sunday Evening. ie. Why don’t we have another children’s program. Here’s one reason. We need to not be a segregated Church. Don’t segregate the youth.


The Message of the Bible

What is the central message of the Bible? Check out his wonderful explanation by pastor Tim Lovegrove.

 



Morbus Sabbaticus “Sunday Sickness”

Do you get “Sunday Sickness”?

“Morbus Sabbaticus,” better known as “Sunday sickness,” is a disease peculiar to some church members. The symptoms vary, but these are generally observed:
1. It never lasts more than twenty-four hours.
2. It never interferes with the appetite.
3. It never affects the eyes. The Sunday newspapers can be read with no pain. Television seems to help the eyes.
4. No physician is ever called.
5. After a few “attacks,” at weekly intervals, it may become chronic … even terminal.
No symptoms are usually felt on Saturday. The patient sleeps well and wakes feeling well. He eats a hearty Sunday Breakfast, then the attack comes until services are over for the morning. The patient feels better and eats a solid dinner. After dinner, he takes a nap, then watches one or two pro-football games on TV. He may take a walk before supper, and stop and chat with neighbors. If there are church services scheduled for Sunday evening, he will have another short attack. Invariably, he wakes up Monday morning and rushes off to work feeling refreshed. The symptoms may not recur until the following Sunday, unless another service is scheduled at the church during the week.

 

Tan, P. L. (1996). Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times. Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc.