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Children's Sunday School Summary October 15, 2017

October 18, 2017
Lori Herson
Jesus’ death and resurrection should not have surprised the disciples. Sometimes Jesus spoke metaphorically about His death and resurrection. (See Matt. 12:39; Mark 14:58; John 2:19; 3:14-15.) Other times, Jesus plainly told the disciples that He would be betrayed, crucified, buried, and resurrected on the third day. (Matt. 17:12; Mark 8:31; Luke 9:22) In fact, Jesus had spoken so frequently of His death and resurrection, the chief priests and Pharisees asked Pilate to place guards at the tomb in case the disciples stole Jesus’ body. (See ...

Praying for India

October 13, 2017
Peter Nelson
I’m delighted that Vivek Jones will be with us Sunday to share from God’s Word!  He’s a pastor from India who’s currently in the States for grad studies at Westminster Seminary.  Vivek is married to Anne and they have three children, Kathy (8), John Mark (7), and Amy (5). Over and over the Apostle Paul tells churches he’s praying for them: giving thanks, calling on God for power, etc.  I thank my God in all my remembrance of you… (Philippians 1:3).  I mention you without ceasing in my prayers (Romans 1:9-10). I pray that according to the ...

Children's Sunday School Summary October 8, 2017

October 10, 2017
Lori Herson
The time between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning must have been dark hours for Jesus’ disciples. Fear, doubt, and confusion certainly overwhelmed their thoughts. Jesus, their Lord, was dead. He had been unjustly arrested, falsely accused, and severely beaten. Even worse, He had been killed in a horrible manner: by crucifixion. The story doesn’t end there. Jesus’ body was laid in a tomb. The tomb was sealed and guards watched over it. The Jews remembered Jesus’ claim that He would rise from the dead (John 2:19-21), and they made sure no ...

A Wonderful World?

October 06, 2017
Peter Nelson
Last Monday I visited Longwood Gardens and watched the newly revitalized fountains put on a spectacular show to music—including Louis Armstrong’s song, “What a Wonderful World.”  And it was wonderful:  that voice, those fountains, the warm sun and blue sky. I see trees of green, red roses too.  I see them bloom, for me and you. And I think to myself, what a wonderful world. And yet, I couldn’t help thinking about the day’s breaking news—the horrendous shooting in Las Vegas:  58 dead, nearly 500 wounded, and all because of one man’s ...

Children's Sunday School Summary October 1, 2017

October 03, 2017
Lori Herson
Jesus’ crucifixion, burial, and resurrection are the center of the gospel. Jesus accomplished the plan God had been working out throughout the Old Testament to bring salvation to sinners, and it happened in such an unlikely way.  In the Book of Acts, Peter testified to the Israelites about Jesus’ death: “Though He was delivered up according to God’s determined plan and foreknowledge, you used lawless people to nail Him to a cross and kill Him” (Acts 2:23). Crucifixion was a horrific way to die. As you share with your kids, rather than focus ...

Vivek Jones, Guest Preacher on October 15th

September 29, 2017
Peter Nelson
Come join us on Sunday, October 15, as we explore some of life’s grand issues.  Our guest speaker, Pastor Vivek Jones, will preach in the 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. services on “True Worship of a Beautiful God” (Luke 7:36-50). Vivek grew up in a middle-class South Indian home with hard-working parents who were respected in their community.  In 1997 he left home for university to study mechanical engineering. Being away from home for the very first time, Vivek realized there was no one to tell him what to do or not to do.  He could live any way he ...

Reformation Resources for You

September 29, 2017
Peter Nelson
As I work on the current sermon series, “Jesus, Friend of Sinners:  Our Reforma­tion Roots,” I’m finding many terrific resources.  Like: Michael Reeves, Freedom Movement, a brilliant little book about what happened in the 16th century and why it matters today.  You can download it for free at Desiring God.  Get it and read it out loud (in under an hour) with family or friends.  It will make church history come alive. The fall 2017 journal from 9Marks is entitled, “The Reformation and Your Church,” with contributions from numerous ...

Members of the Body

September 28, 2017
Peter Nelson
Are you a member of Goshen Baptist Church? If this church is your church and you're trusting Christ for salvation, why not embrace the privileges and responsi­bil­ities of membership?  We'll be running our Discovery Class (i.e., the pathway to membership) on Sundays, Oct. 1-22 from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m, in Room 007 (downstairs).  Come join us! (By the way, this Sunday’s session is going to be fascinating!  Terry Stick will lead the group down the long and winding road of our church’s history (which extends 190 years), and look even further ...

Children's Sunday School Summary September 24, 2017

September 25, 2017
Lori Herson
The Pharisees and other Jews in Jerusalem did not like Jesus. He didn’t play by their rules (Matt. 12:1-14), He claimed to be God (John 8:58-59; 10:22-33), and He extended salvation beyond the Jewish people (Luke 4:29). So they plotted several times how they might kill Him. The events leading up to His death did not surprise Jesus. Each step was part of God’s established plan. (See Is. 53:10; Acts 2:23.) But knowing God’s plan didn’t lessen Jesus’ suffering as He was betrayed by His friends, arrested, falsely accused, and beaten. As you ...

God’s View of Money Matters

September 22, 2017
Peter Nelson
Question:  How do you think about money?  How does God? Where did you get the things you have?  From God (1 Cor 4:7), the giver of every good gift (Jas 1:17).  He grants us life, breath, and all things (Acts 17:25), including the ability to make money (Deut 8:18). What about ownership?  “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it” (Psalm 24:1; 50:12).  All you have is really God’s.  Your house—it’s God’s.  And your car:  God’s.  Your bank accounts, investments, electronics, books, clothes, jewelry, collectibles… God owns it all.  Even ...

Our Reformation Roots

September 15, 2017
Peter Nelson
This year we mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  It was on October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, publicly questioning several prevailing doctrines of the day. Luther, a Catholic monk, had no intention of leading a break-away movement to exit the Roman church:  his aim was to open debate and pursue the church’s reform.  But his proposed corrections were, shall we say, not well received, and as a result Luther and others who protested certain ...

Jesus, Friend of Sinners

September 12, 2017
Peter Nelson
Sermons Exploring Our Reformation Roots • Fall 2017 Goshen Baptist Church • Pastor Peter Nelson   500 years ago an anguished German monk nailed a list to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg:  “95 Theses” based on Scripture for debate about the nature of true Christianity.  And so, in God’s provid­ence, Martin Luther sparked a movement of revival by the rediscovery of the gospel message—God’s “good news” that had been obscured, distorted, and even lost in medieval Europe.  “The Reformation” announced to the world that Jesus ...

Pray for Nabeel

September 08, 2017
Peter Nelson
Friends, join me in praying for Nabeel Qureshi. If you don’t know his story of faith in Jesus Christ, you can read a summary of it here or listen to him share it here. It is an amazing testimony! I thank God for his powerful, soul-transforming work in Nabeel’s life, as is documented in his book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, and in his numerous other writings and talks and interviews.  And I thank the Lord for the powerful spiritual impact that has come, by God’s Spirit, on countless people around the world through the brilliant, kind, ...

Psalms Topography

September 08, 2017
Peter Nelson
Since June 4th we’ve been exploring the Psalms together in Sunday morning worship.  This coming Sunday that adventure will come to an end. The diversity of the Psalms “topography” is stunning.  That is (to make an analogy), taking a spiritual trek through the Psalms is like journeying into rain forests and frozen tundra and mountain passes and barren deserts; in cold and heat, wind and rain, bright sunshine and pitch dark nights.  And that’s a good thing, very good. To live in this world, where the effects of sin are all around us and ...

Stumbling into Envy

September 01, 2017
Peter Nelson
In Psalm 73:2-3, Asaph, a worship leader of God’s people, tells how his life almost came to ruin:  “But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped.  For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” Why did he nearly fall into the spiritual abyss?  Answer:  “For I was envious.”  Envy almost did him in! We may be tempted to think of envy as a “minor sin,” but the biblical truth is that it’s perilous.  “Envy makes the bones rot” (Prov. 14:30), and it undermines reverence for God (23:17).  ...

O Death, Where Is Your Sting

August 25, 2017
Peter Nelson
This past week we’ve been reflecting on the life of our dear sister in the Lord, Anne Horn, who passed away at the age of 60 on August 7.  The experience of meeting with the family and helping coordinate the memorial service has been deeply moving to me—in ways that are both uplifting and unsettling. I am so encouraged by the blessings of the Lord in Anne’s life—how he cared for her in her early years despite the tragedies that came upon her parents, how he gifted her with new birth and a boundless faith to trust in Jesus for all that life ...

God So Loved the World

August 14, 2017
Peter Nelson
The recent rally of white supremacist groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, is deeply disturbing—and from multiple angles.  Let me name just two—the national, and the spiritual. Right at the heart of being an American is affirming the vision of humanity that's enshrined in the Declaration of Independence:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…”  All people—including those of any and every racial background.  Therefore, the drive to elevate one racial group above others is fundamentally un-American. And ...

Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God

August 03, 2017
Peter Nelson
Last Sunday we dove head-long with David into his prayer of humble confession in Psalm 51.  There are a few questions on temptation, sin, confession and forgiveness I’d like to address now after the fact. David succumbed to temptation by first allowing his eyes to look in a certain direction (2 Samuel 11).  And the heart follows the eyes.  So where are you looking?  Amidst his turmoil, Job reveals this convic­tion:  “I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?” (31:1).  And Jesus says “everyone who looks at a ...

Prayer Under Pressure

July 28, 2017
Peter Nelson
Just think what the Lord is teaching us about prayer in last Sunday’s memory verse:  But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord.  At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness (Psalm 69:13). This verse is jam-packed with practical truth. The first thing to notice is that David speaks these words in a time of turmoil:  enemies attacking; God seems remote; feels like he’s sinking in quicksand.  I don’t know about you, but when a flood of trouble hits me, I feel tempted to rush ...

Hope for Tomorrow

July 21, 2017
Peter Nelson
When I read the Bible, God’s promise of a glorious, eternal future for all who trust in Jesus grabs my heart.  Nothing can separate God’s children from his love, not even death! (Romans 8:38-39).  We walk with Christ today, secure in the hope of a most excellent tomorrow! But this God-centered vision of the future clashes with pop-culture.  A Jose Cuervo tequila commercial depicts the end of the world.  While chaos unfolds outside, a man in a bar puts the Elvis song, “It’s Now or Never,” on the jukebox.  As he dances, a woman joins him—this ...

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