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Sunday is Coming! — April 24, 2016

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It’s Saturday…but Sunday is Coming

April 23, 2016

 

Contents:

  1. Prayer and Praying in the Old Testament
  2. Interpreting the Bible
  3. This week’s Significant Events and Quotes in Church History
  4.  What’s Happening at HBC

 


 

Prayer and Praying in the Old Testament

 

Genesis 12-18

Gen. 12:8, Abram calls on the name of the Lord at the altar in Bethel

Gen. 13:4, Abram again calls on the name of the Lord at the altar in Bethel

Gen. 15:2-3, Abraham prays for an heir

Gen. 15:8, Abraham asks God how he can be sure that he will inherit the land

Gen. 16:7-13, a scorned mistress pleads her case with God

Gen. 17:17-18, Abraham petitions God to accept Ishmael as his heir

Gen. 18:1-15, Abraham has a discussion with the Angel of the Lord about a future heir

Gen. 18:16-22, Abraham intercedes for Lot, his nephew, who lives in Sodom

 

OBSERVATIONS

  • The one described as “the Angel of the Lord” is God Himself appearing on earth in a special way
  • Abraham’s prayer for Lot is the first intercessory prayer recorded in Scripture
  • God heard, but denied some of Abraham’s requests
  • God heard the prayer of a woman despised by His chosen people
  • Abraham was bold in prayer, expressing freely the desires of his heart

 


New Feature… Interpreting the Bible

 

This study will provide a backdrop for future Sunday’s Coming studies, including Bible prophecy, Dispensationalism, Covenant Theology, Dominion Theology, etc.

Let’s start at the beginning. The great theologian B.B. Warfield said, “The Bible is the Word of God in such a way that when the Bible speaks, God speaks.”

 

The Bible originated in heaven

Psalm 119:89 Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.

 

It’s destination point is the heart of man

Psalm 119:11 Your word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against you

 

Here are five discernable steps in bringing the Word of God from the heart of God to the heart of man.

Step One: Preparation. God prepared the writers

Galatians 1:15-17 speaks of Paul’s preparation; the preparation of each Bible writer was unique

Step Two: Revelation. God revealed the material in the Scriptures

General: Hebrews 1:1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets . . .

Specific:

Ex. 31:18, God’s direct writing

Ex. 33:11, God’s direct voice

Genesis 40-41, Dreams and interpretation

Ezek. 1:1, Visions

Pet. 1:21, direct control of the Holy Spirit

Psalm 51, Life experience

Heb. 7-10, “Types”

1 Cor. 10:6,11, Historical events

Rom. 1:20-21, The natural world

Luke 1:1-4 Historical materials

NOTE: All Scripture is equally inspired, regardless of the method of revelation employed by God. For instance, the eight chapter of genealogies recorded in the opening of 1 Kings are as inspired as John 3:16. They might not be equally inspirational, but they are equally inspired!

Step Three: Inspiration. God Inspired the writing of Scripture

Inspiration is God’s work in upon and through the writer of the Scriptures so that the words he wrote were God’s words, not his own

See 2 Timothy 3:16 and 1 Peter 1:21

Step Four: Preservation. God Preserves the Scriptures

Example in the Scriptures: 2 Kings 22:8,

Step Five: Illumination. God enables readers to understand the Scriptures

First four steps not enough

Luke 24:25,26; Acts 8:30-31

God’s enablement: ultimately, only God can interpret His own Revelation

Lk 24:27; Jn. 16:7-8; John 16:13; 1 Cor. 2:10-12

Our duty: but it is our duty discover and apply principles and methods of interpretation to the Scripture. For a fantastic illustration of this, see Nehemiah 8:8

So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading.


 

This Week’s Significant Events and Quotes in Church History

Source: Christian History Institute (www.christianhistoryinstitute.org)

Used with permission

 

April 18, 1587

Death of John Foxe at age 71. He had written Actes and Monuments of Matters Happenning to the Church, better known today as the Book of Martyrs.

April 19,

 1854

Nineteen-year-old English Baptist preacher, C.H. (Charles Haddon) Spurgeon, is called to pastor the New Park Chapel in London, one of the city’s largest churches.

1858

Death of evangelist Dudley Tyng, having suffered several days after an accident that mangled one of his arms. In the last sermon he had preached, he supposedly said words to the effect that he “would rather lose his right arm” than fail to share the gospel. Shortly before his death, he urges his father and ministerial brethren to “Stand up for Jesus”—words that will inspire the hymn “Stand up, Stand up for Jesus.”

 

April 20, 2001

A Peruvian Air Force aircraft shoots down a private airplane carrying missionaries, killing Veronica Bowers and her infant daughter, Charity.

April 21, 1855

Sunday school teacher Edward Kimball visits the Holton Shoe Store where Dwight L. Moody works, finds him in a stockroom, and speaks to him of the love of Christ. Shortly thereafter, Moody is converted and devotes his life to serving God, becoming a notable American evangelist.

 

April 22, 1934

Five thousand pastors and laypeople gather in Ulm where they  create the “Confessing Church,” relying on the Reformation confessions in interpreting Scripture, rather than Nazi racial theories and propaganda.

April 23,

1882

Death of Cameron Townsend while battling acute leukemia. He had been a missionary linguist and founder of Wycliffe Bible Translators, one of the world’s largest mission agencies.

1968

In Dallas, the ten-million-member Methodist and the seven hundred and fifty thousand-member Evangelical United Brethren churches join together to form the United Methodist Church, which thus becomes at that time the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States (after the Southern Baptists).

April 24, 1915

More than two hundred and fifty prominent Armenians—civic and political leaders, teachers, writers, and members of the clergy—are rounded up and imprisoned. Many will be tortured and killed, the beginning of the Turkish effort to eliminate all Armenian Christians. The day will be remembered by Armenians and others as Armenian Genocide Day.

 


 

What’s Happening at HBC

This week…

 

Sunday

We will be challenged by Rebecca LaDuke to participate in CEF 5-Day Clubs!

 

Monday

6:15 PM: Ladies Bible Study at the Bendorf residence

Tuesday

7:00 PM: Quiz Practice

Wednesday

6:30 Patch Pirate Club Closing Program. None of the other Wednesday Family Night activities will meet. All will resume next September

 

NOTE: Plans are being made for four prayer meetings during the summer months, one each in May, June, July, August.

  • Meetings will be held in various homes. Would you like to be a host/hostess? Talk to PDKB!
  • Meetings will begin at 7:00 PM and end by approximately 8:00 PM
  • Meetings will be family friendly. Bring the entire gang! Children, youth and adults will be in one, big, happy group!

 

 

Coming Up…

May 1

Worship Service: The Drinkall family will present a
ministry report of their service to Christ in Malaysia

6:00 PM:  The HBC Youth Group will lead a Sunday
Evening Service for the entire Church family

 

May 5

National Day of Prayer. Details for HBC’s gathering will be in the church bulletin

 

May 8

Brian Drinkall will preach during the Worship Service  

 

May 15

The Carlson family of Monticello, Wisconsin will minister in music during the Worship Service. This family just created a CD of worshipful, Christian music. In fact, it was recorded at HBC, which proved to be a nearly perfect recording environment!

Following the Worship Service the VBS team will have a planning meeting. See Jen Brilinski if you have
questions.

 

June 20-24

Vacation Bible School

 

June 26  

Rope Bridge Groups will meet

 

June 27-July 1

The annual IFCA International Convention will convene in Springfield, Illinois

 

July 3

Annual Pig Roast

 

October 28-29

Men’s Retreat

 

November 9-13 “Beautiful Feet” Missions Conference. The theme, “Beautiful Feet” is taken from Romans 10:15

And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Pastor DK Bendorf

 

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