Located in Downtown Shippensburg

MESSAGES FOR JANUARY 2018

Have you ever read through the Bible in one year?
What would be the benefits of reading through the Bible?

Paul states in 1 Corinthians 10:11-12:
11 Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom
the ends of the ages have come.
12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. (NASU)

What Paul was alluding to in 1 Corinthians 10, was the fact that the people of Israel had the cloud of God’s
glory, the prophet of God Moses, and all the miracles of God, and they still were struck down in their rebellion
and idolatry. Paul tells us that God recorded these things that we would receive warnings and instruction as to
what is evil, how do avoid it, and what are the consequences of falling into similar sins as Israel. But how can
we benefit from what God has preserved in the Old Testament and reinforced in the New Testament if we do
not read the word?

Jesus warned the Pharisees and the people of His day that it is easy to conform to traditions of man and yet
fail to obey the commands of God in Mark 7:6-9:
6 And He said to them, "Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:
'THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.
7 'BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.'
8 "Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men."
9 He was also saying to them, "You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep
your tradition. (NASU)

So how do we know that we have been adhering to traditions of men which may have been passed down from
our church experience rather than obeying the commandments of God? There is only one way, read the
Scriptures and learn God’s will and commandments!
Here are three schedules that help you to read through the Bible in 2018…

Theme: To study the first two chapters of the book of Acts in order to determine how Christ
established the Church, and caused it to multiply in its outreach to Jews and Gentiles alike.

Objective: We will study the beginnings of the early Church in order to discover and apply Christ’s
purpose and plan for His Church today.

Introduction: A cursory study of the book of Acts reveals several main ingredients that the Lord used
to birth and grow His Church: the Holy Spirit, God’s people, and the transforming power of the
gospel. The ultimate objective of the creation and multiplication of the Church was to provide the
means through which the Holy Spirit would empower God’s people to reach the Jews and the
Gentiles with the good news, in order to bring glory to God.  

Series: How Christ built His Church and why: Acts 1:-2:47
Christ empowered His people with the Holy Spirit: 1:1-11
Christ challenged His people to be a people of prayer: 1:12-26; 4:
Christ transformed His people to become a people of promise: 2:1-36
Christ blessed them in order to be a people with purpose: 2:37-47
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SHIPPENSBURG EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH
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Pastor Bob and Laurie Gray