UPDATE (Jan. 1, 2012): Plans have changed since we posted this letter. The Sunday Class planned for January, “Reading God’s Word for All Its Worth,” has become a sermon series. In essence, Sunday Class for this month has moved to the main auditorium! So, the schedule you see below for February to June still applies, but there will be no Sunday Class in January.
I want to invite you to take advantage of an opportunity to grow in your Bible reading and knowledge. Don DeVries’ Sunday Class starting January 8 is entitled “Reading God’s Word for All Its Worth,” and it’s going to be a great way to kick off your new year devotional plans. The class will cover:
• Choosing a Bible translation
• Understanding the different writing styles in the Bible
• How the Old and New Testaments work together as a whole
• Principles for understanding the Word
If you would like to read your Bible more proactively and grow in understanding God’s Word or sharing it with others, you’ll want to consider attending Don’s class. It’s offered at 9:30 and 11 a.m. on January 8, 15, 22 and 29.
I also want to encourage you to check out these Sunday Classes coming up in the new year:
Discipleship: The Church’s Great Commission
Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 | Ben Wikner
Why discipleship is so important in God’s plan and how we can grow in both being and making disciples.
Doing Justice and Showing Mercy
March 4, 11, 18, 25 | Mark Mitchell
God’s view of justice and mercy and how the church can be more effective in demonstrating both virtues on this earth.
Romans: Part 2
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | Robin Boisvert
Part two of a three-part expositional series on the Book of Romans.
Answers to Hard Questions
May 6, 13, 20, 27 | Keith Welton
A look at the hard spiritual questions people typically ask about the Christian faith and some sound biblical answers. Keith Welton is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary who serves on our church staff as Director of Ministry Teams and Guest Care.
Studies in Systematic Theology
June 3, 10, 17, 24 | Steve Welch
A survey of the discipline of Systematic Theology and how it helps us to better understand and apply God’s Word. Steve Welch was trained at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has taught a similar course at Capitol Hill Baptist Church.
We hope and trust these classes will serve you as you seek to grow in your relationship with God and in understanding his Word.
Yours in Christ,
December 29 2011 at 10:10 am 0 Comments
Blogger Justin Taylor has written a post listing a variety of ways to read the Bible in a year. He has done his usual brilliant job, taking time to highlight why having a plan is important and why some plans are weak. He includes 10 Reading Plans for ESV Editions available in an array of formats and how to access them. Take a look, and consider what would work best for you.
December 25 2011 at 10:32 am 0 Comments
On New Years’s Day, we’ll have one service at 10 a.m. with normal Discovery Land (Children’s Ministry) for infants through 5th grade but no middle school class. We are pleased to have Mark Lauterbach from Grace Church San Diego coming to preach.
Mark became became part of Sovereign Grace Ministries in 2003 after more than twenty years of pastoral experience and has served as senior pastor at Grace Church since 2005. He is originally from Pittsburgh and is a Steelers fan despite living in Charger territory. He and his wife Rondi have three adult children (all married), two grandchildren, and a dog. They live in Escondido.
Please note that the church building will be closed on January 2.
December 25 2011 at 12:32 am 0 Comments
A huge thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make our two Christmas Eve services possible—from the parking crew, musicians and greeters to the child care team. But I especially want to thank the sound/tech team. They served all week in preparation for the Christmas Eve services. They worked from late afternoon to 8:30-9 p.m.on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. THANK YOU for serving your church and more importantly our Savior. Merry Christmas!
December 22 2011 at 5:27 pm 1 Comments
We’ve planned two special opportunities for those who are new to Christianity and the Bible to meet with God this January: a course called “Christianity Explored” and a Bible study on the Gospel of Matthew:
Christianity Explored | Sundays, Jan. 8 – Feb. 19 | 11:30 a.m.
“Christianity Explored” is a place for you to consider what life is all about. It’s a seven-week course about the life story of one person, Jesus Christ. You can discover who he is, what he did, and what this has to do with your life story.
A typical session starts with food, at no cost to you, and a short talk, usually by one of the pastors from Covenant Life. Then, there’s a chance to ask questions about what you just heard. You’ll meet great people. You won’t be asked to sing or pray or read out loud, and you don’t need to know anything about the Bible to enjoy the course.
Bible Study | Wednesdays, Jan. 11 – Feb. 15 | 7:30 p.m.
Many of us have questions about Christianity but have not read the Bible to find answers. If that describes you, we think you’ll enjoy this study of the Book of Matthew. It will help you begin reading the Bible and understanding its central message for yourself. It’s also a great place to ask questions.
The study will be held at Covenant Life Church, with light refreshments served. We hope you’ll grow to enjoy the Bible more and make new friends in the process!
December 15 2011 at 3:17 pm 2 Comments
Joshua mentioned on Sunday that we would make available video of the Terry Virgo messages from this past weekend. Below are all three: two from Saturday evening and one from Sunday.
We are providing them here using a video sharing service called Vimeo. Soon, we’ll be offering video of recent sermons directly in the Resource Library. But for now, feel the freedom to bookmark the Covenant Life Vimeo channel that has sermons going back to December of 2010.
Special thanks to Dave Wilcox and the Production teams who work hard to make live and recorded sermon video (and audio) happen, and Communications volunteer Caleb Barker who has handled much of the processing/encoding of sermon video.
Visit the Resource Library for audio of Terry’s messages.