See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. [Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.]
7 Motivations for Leading Family Worship
(this Advent season and every season)
by Kempton Turner, Pastor for Young Adult (Senior High) Discipleship, Downtown
For I have chosen him [Abraham], that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring to Abraham what He has promised him.
Family Discipleship October 2013 Newsletter
Parents Dwelling in the Gospel
By Aaron Davitch, Director for Adult Ministries and Child & Youth Discipleship, South
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.—Colossians 3:16
Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.—Hebrews 4:14–16
An Open Letter to Young Men
Josiah Bennett, Intern for Family Life
What does it mean to embrace manhood in the high school years?
Welcome to Prayer Week!
January 6–13, 2013
This Advent marked a historic season of pastoral transition. Jason Meyer has been overwhelmingly confirmed by congregational vote as our new preaching pastor, and John Piper’s 32-year-long senior preaching and pastoral era is almost completely “in the books.”
In Deuteronomy, Moses sets forth the following pattern for enjoying life with God: The reading of Scripture opens the door for hearing from God, which enables one to learn to fear him, which leads to following him (Deuteronomy 31:12–13; cf. 6:1–3; 17:19–20; John 6:44–45). How foundational God’s written revelation is to our very existence: “It is no empty word for you, but your very life” (Deuteronomy 32:47). Only through an encounter with God’s pure, perfect, true and abiding Word (Psalms 12:6, 119:96, 160) can people be ...
Prophecies of Christ and Fulfillments in the Gospels
To be Read during the 28 Days of Advent
(Scripture in ESV)
Day 1: Place of birth
Micah 5:2—But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
Matthew 2:1—Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem,
One of our defining affirmations of faith at Bethlehem is that we believe the Bible is the very word of God. As 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” Belonging to Bethlehem as a covenant member involves believing this.