Saturday, February 24, 2018

Delighting in the Truth: The Human Condition and Salvation, by Pastor Charlie Handren

     From January to March, we are offering a series of devotionals on our Membership Affirmation of Faith. Our aim in this series is to help Glory of Christ grow in our understanding of truth, our love of the God of truth, our love of one another, and our love of unbelievers. The Affirmation is made up of eight articles of faith, the sixth of which is entitled “The Human Condition and Salvation” and reads as follows:

We believe that man was created by God in His own image and for his glory; but that man sinned and fell short of God’s glory, and thus incurred physical, spiritual, and eternal separation from God. We believe that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and so are under divine condemnation. We reject justification by works of the law, and we believe that only those who trust Jesus Christ as their Savior, by virtue of His atoning death on the cross, submitting to him as Lord, and embracing Him as supreme Treasure of their lives, are justified, delivered from condemnation, and receive eternal life. We believe that this faith leads to a heartfelt turning from sin. The Christian life involves growth in grace through persevering, Holy Spirit-empowered resolve to reckon ourselves dead to sin and alive to Christ. (Genesis. 1:26-7; Genesis 3; Genesis 2:17; 3:19; Eccl. 2:11; Matt 13:44; John 1:13; John 3:14-16; 5:24; John 5:30; 7:13; 8:12; 10:26; 17:3; Psalm 51:7; Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:14; Romans 3:19; 5:19; Phil 3:7-8; I John 1:9; II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:11; 8:1; I Corinthians 15:1-2: Hebrews 3:12-14; Hebrews 6:11-12; Hebrews 10:39; Romans 3:28)
     Notice that this statement covers the creation of humankind, the fall of humankind, the effects of the fall, human nature and behavior, the God-given way of salvation, and the effects of salvation in the lives of those who believe. I encourage you to see these distinct subjects in the statement, look up all of the Scriptures and meditate on them, and then ponder the following questions.
     As you reflect on the human condition and salvation, take some time to ponder the following questions, preferably along with other believers: (1) How can a better understanding of the human condition and salvation help us to worship him? (2) How can a better understanding of the human condition and salvation help us to love other believers? (3) How can a better understanding of the human condition and salvation help us to gain a greater passion to share the gospel with unbelievers near and far?


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sermon Questions - February 18, 2018

Whatever You Ask in My Name
John 14:12-14
February 18, 2018


Questions for Study and Meditation
  1. Read John 14:12. What is the relationship between faith and doing the works of Jesus? What does it mean to say that Jesus’ disciples will do greater works than him? How is this possible? 
  2. Read John 14:13-14. What does it mean to pray in Jesus’ name? Do Jesus’ words mean that he’ll do everything we ask for and give us everything we want? What is the ultimate purpose of Jesus answering our prayers? 
  3. What’s the most important thing you learned from the sermon and your personal study? 
  4. How has today’s message helped you to grow in love for God and others? 
  5. What is the most important thing Jesus would have you do in light of the message? 
  6. Take some time to worship Jesus. Thank him, praise him, and ask for his help as you seek to grow with others in faith, hope, and love.  



Announcements - February 18, 2018



What is Gospel Community? Beginning today we will be offering our eight-session church membership class entitled, What is Gospel Community? This class covers the basics of the gospel, the church, and the mission and vision of Glory of Christ Fellowship. Attending does not obligate you to become a member of the church, but it is a prerequisite for doing so.

Faith Biblical Counseling Conference February 23-24: This year, Track 1 and Track 4 will be offered at Grace Church Eden Prairie for three weekends (one per month) of training in Biblical Counseling. Track 1 lays the foundation of biblical counseling principles and practices, and Track 4 deals with advanced counseling issues (Track 1 is a prerequisite). For more information, contact Pastor Kevin, kevin@gcfmn.org.

Marriage Seminar Do You Hear What I Hear? Saturday March 3: Mark your calendars for the first ever GCF marriage seminar scheduled for Saturday, March 3, beginning at 3:00 p.m. at the Handke Center. Pastor Charlie and Pastor Kevin will be teaching on biblical communication in marriage. Tickets for the event will go on sale today. Cost is $10 per couple.

Month of Prayer and Fasting for Somali People Worldwide: February has been set aside to pray for the light of the Gospel to shine into the hearts of Somali people worldwide. To learn more about this month of prayer, see the backside of the announcements.

Next Week’s Fighter Verse 
Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 
Psalm 37:1-4 


 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Delighting in the Truth: The Word of God, by Pastor Charlie Handren

     From January to March, we are offering a series of devotionals on our Membership Affirmation of Faith. Our aim in this series is to help Glory of Christ grow in our understanding of truth, our love of the God of truth, our love of one another, and our love of unbelievers. The Affirmation is made up of eight articles of faith, the fifth of which is entitled “The Word of God” and reads as follows:
We believe that the Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is the infallible Word of God, verbally inspired by God, and without error in the original manuscripts. We believe that God’s intentions, revealed in the Bible, are the supreme and final authority in testing all claims about what is true and what is right. In matters not addressed by the Bible, what is true and right is assessed by criteria consistent with the teachings of Scripture. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; 3:16; 1 Corinthians 2:13: 14:37; Mark 13:31; John 8:31-32; 14:26; 16:13-14; 17:17; 20:31; Acts 20:32; Matthew 22:29, 43-44; 24:35; Numbers 23:19; Proverbs 30:5; Psalm 12:6; Hebrews 6:18; Titus 1:2)
     When we say that the Bible is “infallible,” we mean that it cannot fail in its purposes or effects simply because the God who gave the Bible cannot fail. When we say that it’s “verbally inspired,” we mean that God breathed out every word of the Word by the Holy Spirit, although he did not dictate every word to every biblical author. That is, out of the overflow of his love for creation, he lavished truth upon all peoples through the personalities of his chosen authors so that the truths communicated are precisely what he wants and the way these truths are communicated reflect the personalities of the authors. When we say that the Bible is “without error in the original manuscripts,” we mean that a perfect God who spoke an unfailing word cannot lie or be mistaken.
     Since these things are true of the Bible, we should heed the admonition to “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Col. 3:16).
     As you reflect on the Word of God, take some time to ponder the following questions, preferably along with other believers: (1) How can a better understanding of the Word of God help us to worship him? (2) How can a better understanding of the Word of God help us to love other believers? (3) How can a better understanding of the Word of God help us to gain a greater passion to share the gospel with unbelievers near and far?


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sermon Questions - February 11, 2018

The Way, the Truth, and the Life
John 14:1-11
February 11, 2018


Questions for Study and Meditation

  1. Read John 14:1-4. What connection is Jesus drawing between being troubled and believing in him? What is the Father’s house? What does it mean to say that his house has many “rooms”? What promise did Jesus make to his disciples here? 
  2. Read John 14:5-7. What do you think Thomas and the others were feeling as they heard Jesus’ words in verses 1-4? What does it mean to say that Jesus is the way to where he’s going? What does it mean to say that he is the truth and the life? What is relationship between the Father and Jesus? 
  3. Read John 14:8-11. Why did Philip (and probably others) still not understand Jesus’ words? Again, what is the relationship between the Father and Jesus? Why did Jesus ask if Philip believed in him? What did Jesus exhort the disciples to do? 
  4. What’s the most important thing you learned from the sermon and your personal study? 
  5. How has today’s message helped you to grow in love for God and others? 
  6. What is the most important thing Jesus would have you do in light of the message? 
  7. Take some time to worship Jesus. Thank him, praise him, and ask for his help as you seek to grow with others in faith, hope, and love. 


Announcements - February 11, 2018




Foundation Builders 6 Parenting Class Saturday February 17: We will explore the heart issues of addiction and anxiety. Parents will be helped to see subtle ways children can be unintentionally trained to form habits of addiction instead of sacrificial love. Contact Pastor Kevin if you would like to attend this parenting seminar taking place at the church office from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. this upcoming Saturday.

What is Gospel Community? Beginning February 18, we will be offering our eight-session church membership class entitled, What is Gospel Community? This class covers the basics of the gospel, the church, and the mission and vision of Glory of Christ Fellowship. Attending does not obligate you to become a member of the church, but it is a prerequisite for doing so. For more information, contact Dave Fergus (dfergus54@gmail.com). 

Month of Prayer and Fasting for Somali People Worldwide: February has been set aside to pray for the light of the Gospel to shine into the hearts of Somali people worldwide. To learn more about this month of prayer, see the backside of the announcements.

Faith Biblical Counseling Conference February 23-24: This year, Track 1 and Track 4 will be offered at Grace Church Eden Prairie for three weekends (one per month) of training in Biblical Counseling. Track 1 lays the foundation of biblical counseling principles and practices, and Track 4 deals with advanced counseling issues (Track 1 is a prerequisite). For more information, contact Pastor Kevin, kevin@gcfmn.org.

Marriage Seminar Do You Hear What I Hear? Saturday March 3: Mark your calendars for the first ever GCF marriage seminar scheduled for Saturday, March 3, beginning at 3:00 p.m. at the Handke Center. Pastor Charlie and Pastor Kevin will be teaching on biblical communication in marriage. Tickets for the event will go on sale today. Cost is $10 per couple.


Next Week’s Fighter Verse

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18 



Saturday, February 10, 2018

Delighting in the Truth: The Holy Spirit, by Pastor Charlie Handren

     From January to March, we will be offering a series of devotionals on our Membership Affirmation of Faith. Our aim in this series is to help Glory of Christ grow in our understanding of truth, our love of the God of truth, our love of one another, and our love of unbelievers. The Affirmation is made up of eight articles of faith, the fourth of which is entitled “The Holy Spirit” and reads as follows:
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who proceeds in full divine essence from the Father and the Son, who was sent into the world by God the Father to glorify God the Son. We believe that without his work no one would come to faith. We believe that His work in regeneration is not the result of water baptism or any outward ritual. We believe He indwells everyone who trusts in Christ, and helps them make progress in overcoming sin and in becoming more like Jesus Christ in thought, deed, and love for God the Father. (John 14:16-17,26; 15:26-27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26)
     This statement affirms four truths about the Holy Spirit to which I would add a fifth truth. First, the Holy Spirit is fully God and not merely a manifestation of some aspect of God. Second, the Holy Spirit’s main function in heaven and earth is to exalt the glory of Jesus Christ in the eyes of all creation. Third, even as he exalts Christ, the Holy Spirit draws people to Christ and causes some to be born again by the eternal wisdom and will of the Father. Fourth, although it is a great mystery indeed, the Holy Spirit physically indwells every believer, granting them power to see the glory of Christ, be transformed into the image of Christ, and do the will of Christ in the world. To these I would add that the Holy Spirit also grants a variety of gifts to every person in the body of Christ, according to his will, that he might manifest his presence in the church and build up the church into the fullness of the image of Christ (1 Corinthians 12). Oh what a glorious God is the Holy Spirit!
     As you reflect on the Holy Spirit, take some time to ponder the following questions, preferably along with other believers: (1) How can a better understanding of the Holy Spirit help us to worship him? (2) How can a better understanding of the Holy Spirit help us to love other believers? (3) How can a better understanding of the Holy Spirit help us to gain a greater passion to share the gospel with unbelievers near and far?