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Cross Ways: The Postexilic Period and Judaism

Posted on: September 8th, 2012 by Edward Lamberton

Pastor Hill leads this series each Wednesday at 7:30 pm, with a 30-minute video by the author, Dr. Harry Wendt, introducing each week’s study. Students gain eye-opening insights into the culture, traditions, and prevailing religious views of Jesus’ day, so that His message explodes with radical new relevance to our own time.

Section 4 covers the return from Babylon; the history of the intertestamental period; 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah; the postexilic prophets; Psalms; Wisdom literature; apocalyptic writings and Daniel; the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha; messianic expectations.

SEP 5 1. Comfort for Captives: Isaiah’s Message of Hope to Judah in Exile.

SEP 12 2. 1 and 2 Chronicles: The Chronicler’s Message to Postexilic Judah.

SEP 19 3. A New Beginning: Events in the Early Postexilic Period; The Message and Work of Haggai and Zechariah, Ezra and Nehemiah.

SEP 26 4. Malachi, Joel, Ruth, Jonah, Esther: The Central Messages of the Books Listed.

OCT 3 5. Psalms: The Psalms in the Life of Ancient Israel.

OCT 10 6. Wisdom Literature: The Old Testament Wisdom Literature and Its Themes.

OCT 17 7. The Intertestamental Period: The History of the Postexilic Community from 538-4 B.C.

OCT 24 8. Apocalyptic and Daniel: The Nature of Apocalyptic Literature; The Message of Daniel to a Persecuted Judah.

OCT 31 9. The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha: Jewish Writings 200 B.C. – A.D. 100.

NOV 7 10. Messianic Hopes: Messianic Expectations at the Time of Jesus.

Sharing the Christian Faith

Posted on: September 8th, 2012 by Edward Lamberton

Pastor’s Sunday night classes start September 9, 2012: 5:00-7:30 pm.

This series is an introduction (or review) of the basic teachings of the Bible as taught in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), and Messiah Lutheran Church. Those who are new to the Lutheran Church are encouraged to attend for a better understanding of what we believe, teach, and set as goals for living. Those who enroll for the course will be given a notebook with all lessons and appendices at the beginning. For those who would like to review only particular lessons, booklets will be available on Sunday morning of that evening’s lesson. Babysitting at church can be arranged, if needed. Below is the schedule of classes and topics. Please contact Pastor for more information and to enroll in the class.

9 SEP The Ten Commandments: Who and what is God and what does He really want from us?

16 SEP Person to Person: What is this Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and what have they done for me lately? Explains the Apostles Creed.

23 SEP The Lord’s Prayer: How CAN I talk to God and what does this short prayer really mean?

30 SEP The Means of Grace: So how does God give me His special gifts? What are “sacraments?” What is the Bible (which is the right one), how did we get it, and how do we study it?

7 OCT Holy Baptism: Who needs it? What good does it do babies? How much water is needed?

14 OCT The Holy Christian Church: Which is the real Church? Can’t I be “in church” by myself? What do Pastors do the rest of the week?

21 OCT Living Law and Gospel: Why can’t we all just get along? What a bunch of hypocrites! Forgiveness isn’t given to everyone? How can the Pastor forgive sins in church? What is Christian conflict resolution?

28 OCT The Church’s History: Family Tree 101! From Adam through the Bible; tree branching in first centuries; tree suffering in middle ages; new life for the tree and it grows greater today and into the future.

4 NOV Getting the Work Done: So now what do we do? How do we do it here at Messiah? (Constitution & ByLaws) What does the LCMS do? What do you expect of me? Reception after class for orientation to Church Boards

11 NOV Holy Communion: “Remembering” what? If this is a “family meal,” why isn’t all the “family” participating? What does “is” mean? Refreshments or renewal? Should I make any special preparation before?

18 NOV Christian Worship: What is true worship? What are all these complicated service we use at Messiah Lutheran Church? Colors/Candles. Continuing Growth in Christ: Now what?

Thursday Evening Bible Study: Colossians and Philemon

Posted on: September 8th, 2012 by Edward Lamberton

Join us each Thursday Evening as we study the Apostle Paul’s Letters to the Colossians and Philemon. We begin at 7:30 PM each Thursday evening.

In the 13 sessions, God speaks to us today through Colossians and Philemon concerning:

  • The person and work of Jesus.
  • How Jesus’ work on our behalf gives us purpose and worth.
  • What the name “Christian” means.
  • How God’s love enables us to respond in love to others, even those who have harmed or hurt us.