We entrust our lives to the only wise God.
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. (1 Corinthians 13:12)
Jim Neumann: One of my earliest memories is of asking my mom to explain the Trinity. I couldn't have been more than three years old. From the beginning of my story, God has utterly captivated my thoughts. I cannot remember a time when I did not believe He existed, or in the basic truths of Christianity insofar as I knew them. But it was not until age 11 that I became a Christian. Up to that point, I had consciously withheld myself from Christ. The truth is that I resented his lordship and I also held the sovereign God responsible for all of the sadness in the world. I believed that God existed but sometimes wished that He did not, and I meant to keep myself at arm's length. When I gave my life to Christ and confessed him as Lord, I frankly did so for lack of a better option. My greatest fear was the meaninglessness of life caused by death. I saw only one way past this hopelessness: the lordship of Jesus Christ. Like C. S. Lewis, I was something of a "reluctant convert," but, like Lewis, I was soon enough surprised by joy.
My life since then has been one coming to know God more fully, even as I am fully known (1 Cor 13:12). When I look back, I see a God who refused to leave me to myself even when I attempted to push Him away, and it is this love of Christ that compels me today (2 Cor 5:14). The journey of love God has brought me along has led to a full-time study of His Word and to the mission field, serving in Kenya from 2008–2010. Since then, God has made a way for me to pursue a Ph.D. in New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary and my hope is to teach New Testament after I graduate this spring. But my zeal remains that of a missionary; my cause in the classroom and everywhere else is to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which I believe is the world's only hope beyond all hope.
Abide (Young Adult): The gatherings will resume on Thursday, January 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the church library. Newcomers welcome! We will enjoy a time of acoustic worship, teaching, and prayer followed by snacks and fellowship!
Extended Family: The Gammon Family: Keith, Madhu, and Ajit are not strangers to Stone Hill Church. We are blessed to have them share their hearts with Extended Family on Wednesday, January 8 at 11: 30 a.m. in the library. Start the New Year with words of encouragement. Everyone is invited.
Person of Jesus Mini-Class: For those who have questions about Jesus and are in the process of investigating the Bible and Christianity we are offering a 3-week mini-course on the Person of Jesus. This is an interactive class designed for those who are seeking. All are welcome. Pastor Tracy will be leading this class on January 12, 19, and 26 at 11:10 a.m. on Sunday morning. If you are interested or have questions please email Pastor Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Care Discussion Group: Starting today at 11:00 a.m. the Care Ministry Team will be hosting small group discussions around specific issues. We will host a different topic each month. You are invited to join us as we share around these concerns, offer support and encouragement to each other, and pray. The following topics will be discussed:
· January - "I am concerned about my child's lack of faith."
· February - "I am struggling with anger."
· March - "Help me deal with my anxiety..."
WANTED: Jesus followers who love children! Currently we are in need of 3 assistants for our elementary grade classes. If you would like to make a difference in the life of a child by showing up in their lives, connecting with them and supporting their learning of God's word, please stop by the Serve Table.