Blog Archives: January 2014

Comfort and Joy Lessons 8-10

January 30, 2014
Three more videocast installments for our class Comfort and Joy: A Guided Tour of the Heidelberg Catechism (1563). Lesson 8 - Part 2: Deliverance (HC 12-85) Lesson 9 - Ancient ecumenical councils on the nature of our Deliverer (HC 12-21) Lesson 10 - How do we come to know and trust our Deliverer? (HC 12-21) Please watch these videos before our next class on Sunday, 2/9.

1/19/2014 Sermon Discussion Questions

January 21, 2014
[Oakland] Please feel free to use any questions which you or your group find most interesting and pertinent to your situations. Sermon Title: Let's Go (Tempted in the Wilderness) 
Date: Sunday, January 19, 2014 Speaker: Patrick Vaughn Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 8:1-6; Matthew 3:16-4:11 Jesus at his baptism is revealed as the Son of God. The Son whom the father loves, in whom the father delights and takes great pleasure. Then somewhat abruptly the Spirit leads Jesus out into the wilderness to be tempted / tested. This testing can ...

Torah Group Reflections

January 19, 2014
From June to December, 2013, a group of 30 folks from Christ Church met every Monday night to study Torah, the first five books of the Bible. You can read more here about the nature of the group here. At the end of our time together, I asked everyone to reflect on these questions: How was your experience in the Torah group? What did you learn? How do you hope to help Christ Church engage with Scripture in the coming years? And here's what they said: "The Torah group approaches the reading of the Bible from a bird's-eye view. Seeing the ...

Comfort and Joy Lessons 6-7

January 15, 2014
Two more videocast installments for our class Comfort and Joy: A Guided Tour of the Heidelberg Catechism (1563). Lesson 6 - Part 1: Misery (Q3-11) Lesson 7 - Isn’t the language of “hate, wicked, perverse, corrupt, evil, disobedient, etc.” a bit too strong? (Q3-11) Please watch these videos before our next class on Sunday, 1/26.    

Comfort and Joy Lessons 1-5

January 10, 2014
This is my first stab at a videocast, which will end up having a total of 25 lessons for our class Comfort and Joy: A Guided Tour of the Heidelberg Catechism (1563). If you plan to attend this Sunday, then please watch Lessons 1-5 beforehand, which will take you about 30 minutes. Enjoy! Lesson 1 - Welcome and introduction (3:02) Lesson 2 - What kind of Christian are you? What kind of church are we? (9:41) Lesson 3 - What are creeds, confessions, and catechisms? Isn’t the Bible our only guide in matters of faith? (6:05) Lesson 4 - The story ...