Fellowship with God

This is the recording of the sermon I preached on January 1 at Great Plains Gathering. The sermon begins at the 2:00 mark, the first bit is the Bible reading.

The text for the sermon: 1 John 1:1-7

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

Lessons in James

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Hey all ~ I’m teaching through the book of James with the ladies at First Presbyterian on Tuesday evenings. I’ve been primarily relying on James for You by Sam Allberry. I’m linking to some of them here in case anyone wants to catch up on some/study along with us.

James 1: 1-9 | Lesson Audio | (No handout this week. So sorry!)

James 1:9-18 | Lesson Audio | Lesson Handout

James 1:19-27 | Lesson Audio | Lesson Handout

James 2:1-13 | Lesson Audio | Lesson Handout

James 2:14-26 | Lesson Audio | Lesson Handout

James 3:1-18 | Lesson Audio | Lesson Handout

Women of the Word Lesson Audio and Handouts

If we want to feel a deeper love for God, we must learn to see him more clearly for who he is.

I’ve had the honor of teaching through the book Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin on Tuesday nights with the ladies at First Pres. The class is meant to explain and guide us in how to read the Bible on our own using basic hermeneutic principles. I’ve used Women of the Word and a few other resources that I thought would help to supplement the study and note in the audio where I’ve deviated from Wilkin.  For this reason, you don’t need the book to do the study but it’s a great and helpful tool if you’re interested in learning more.

I’m including the audio and handouts below for anyone to use. There have been a few tech issues that have slowed down the upload but I’ll link them once they’re available.

Lesson 1 – Introduction to Bible Study

In this lesson, we look at why proper Bible study is important and two things we might need to turn around before we move ahead.

Audio (coming soon)

Handout

Lesson 2 – The BIG Picture of the Bible

In this lesson, we look at the metanarrative of Scripture, i.e. the overarching story and how it informs the smaller storied within the Bible.

Audio

Handout

Lesson 3 – 5 Questions to Ask of the Book

In this lesson we talk about the 5 questions that need to be answered before we study any given book of the Bible so we might have a good understanding of the context. We also look at the genres of literature within the Bible and some helpful tools to help our study.

Audio (coming soon)

Handout

Introduction to Ephesians from the ESV Study Bible

Lesson 4 – The Process: Things to look for in the Passage

In this lesson we looked at process of Observation, Interpretation, and Application, why it’s important when we look at any given passage of the Bible, and we practiced the step of Observation with Ephesians 1.

Audio

Handout

Ephesians 1 printout (Chapter 1, double spaced and wide margins for easy use)

More lessons to come as they’re uploaded!

– Remley