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Starting Sunday, May 16, Rev. Dennis Howard (our Pastoral Care Support Worker) began a sermon series using the reference of A Catechism for Today, a teaching resource book written by and for Presbyterians, yet also containing information common to all Christians. Download a copy below and read along with us. A few hard copies are available from the church office; please contact our Administrator Pearl to arrange a pick-up time.

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Sunday 9 - August 29

Topic Questions:

24.  What is sin?

25. What is the effect of sin?

Scripture references:

  • Isaiah 59:2 Rather, your iniquities have been barriers between you and  your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.
  • Romans 3:22-23 For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
  • John 3:19 And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.
  • Colossians 2:13-14 And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive together with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses, erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross.

Sunday 8 - August 22

Topic Questions:

20.  What do we believe about God's providence?

21. Does God rule the world?

22. If God rules, why is there evil and suffering?

Scripture references:

  • Acts 17:24-28 The God who made the world and everything in it...gives to all mortals life and breath and all things...For “In him we live and move and have our being...”
  • Romans 8:28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God.
  • Hebrews 2:18 Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

Sunday 7 - August 15

Topic Questions:

17.  What does it mean that all people are created in the image of God?

18. Why did God make us male and female?

Scripture references:

  • Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’ So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
  • Matthew 19:4-6 “Have you not read that the one who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female’, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

Sunday 6 - August 8

Topic Questions:

12.  What do we believe when we say, “I believe in God, the Father almighty”?

13. Why do we call God “the Father”?

14. In calling God “Father” do we mean that God is male?

Scripture references:

  • Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your  own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
  • Hebrews 1:3 He [the Son] is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being.
  • 2 Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies.
  • John 20:17 “I am ascending to my Father and your Father to my God and your God.”
  • Galatians 4:6 And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

Sunday 5 - August 1

Topic Question:

11. Are faith and reason contradictory?

Scripture references:

  • Even though you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father. John 10:38
  •  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37
  • Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you. 1 Peter 3:15

Sunday 4 - July 18

Topic Questions:

8. Since there is only one God, why do we speak of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit?
9. Each of the three parts of the creed begins with the words, “I believe.” What does it mean to believe?
10. Does faith exclude all doubt?

Scripture references:

  • Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord is one.  Deut 6:4
  • Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them  in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit. Mt 28:19
  • So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.  Rom 10:17
  • The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea, and it would obey you.’”     Lk 17:5 

Sunday 3 - July 11

Topic Question 5: What as Christians are we to believe?

Scripture references:

because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

13 But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke”—we also believe, and so we speak 2 Corinthians 4:13

Sunday 2 - May 23

Topic Question 3: Yet some people no longer believe there is a God. Why do we believe in God?

Topic Question 4: Is the pursuit of science incompatible with faith in God?

Scripture references:

17 So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17

For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6

1 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Psalm 19:1

1 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. Genesis 1:1-3

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. John 1:1-4

Sunday 1 - May 16

Topic Question 1: What is God's purpose for our lives?

We have been made for joy: joy in knowing, loving, and serving God, joy in knowing, loving, and serving one another, joy in the wonder of all God's works.

Topic Question 2: What does it mean to know, love, and serve God?

We know God in Jesus Christ witnessed to in scripture. We love and serve God in worship and in the care and compassion we show for all creation. Worship draws us into the work of Christ. In union with him we pray and work for the healing and salvation of the world. Christ calls us to a life of kindness and generosity. How can we love God, whom we cannot see, without loving those whom we can see?

Scripture references:

27 So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” Genesis 1:27-28

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.  Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

18 No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known. John 1:18

20 Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. 1 John 4:20