Bible Reading Column

JUN 23, 2019: Servant Songs in Isaiah (42:1-9 & 49:1-13)*

Isaiah 42:1-9 is commonly referred to as the first “Servant Song” in Isaiah (42:1–9), and other such “songs” follow in 49:1–13; 50:4–11; and 52:13–53:12. In these texts, one who represents and sacrificially serves others emerges. Here, the suffering servant is most directly associated with Israel (cf. 41:8–10), but in a representative way (the entire nation represented […]

JUN 16 2019: FAMILY WORSHIP*

This year we have been encouraging our members to practice family worship as one of the ways to “return to the Lord.” In this interview we hear from Pastor Paul Carter (who will be our guest preacher for the upcoming retreat) how he practices family worship at his home and what advice he would give […]

JUN 9 2019: WHY WE READ THE BIBLE*

One of the reasons many Christians read through the whole Bible, day after day, year after year is to cleanse ourselves of idolatrous understandings of God. John Calvin said that our hearts are idol factories; we are always inventing new gods in the image of our own values, wishes and fancies. Reading the Bible is […]

MAY 19 2019: HOW DOES SOMEONE BECOME A CHRISTIAN?*

From God’s perspective, someone becomes a Christian because God regenerates them. Regeneration literally means “to be born again.” God gives an individual a supernatural new birth in which the new believer moves from spiritual death to a new life (John 3:3). And God’s supernatural work of regeneration is affected through the natural means of someone hearing the gospel (James 1:18). We […]

APR 28, 2019: ISAIAH OVERVIEW*

Isaiah is considered to be the crown of the Old Testament. We will be reading through Isaiah for the next few months. As we begin our reading of this majestic book of prophecy, having a big picture will be helpful. In a Bible with only chapter divisions it is hard to grasp a clear idea […]