Elder Discipleship Update

Next Tuesday evening at 8:00-10:00 Eastern Time, we will be having our first online “Elder Discipleship” discussion. We are starting with a focus on Jonathan Edwards collection of lectures on 1 Corinthians 13, “Charity and it’s Fruits.”

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I would like to give you some details for our meeting.

First, let me direct you to the updated detailed reading schedule we have posted here. You will notice that we have scheduled discussion for each book on the reading list. Each reading assignment is identified by the date corresponding with Monday of that week.

Second, notice that on the reading schedule, we have identified one scripture memory assignment for each quarter. We will begin each meeting reciting this text of scripture during the specified time period.

Third, regarding the time of meeting monthly. We have established Tuesday evening from 8:00-10:00 pm, Eastern time. We may change this from time to time, but our consistent pattern will remain the same.

Fourth, we will launch our password protected collaborative web site on Tuesday before we meet. We will walk through it’s capabilities and how to use it on Tuesday evening during our meeting.

Fifth, I would like to explain why we would begin with the book, “Charity and it’s Fruits.” We must acknowledge that we live in an era where people often lose sight of the importance of love in the church. It is clear from scripture that love fulfills the whole law. We have a tendency to make the church an encyclopedia of theology, rather than an epistle of love. Often, as we take care of the church of God, we forget the laws of love that are meant to govern everything else that happens in the church. In a time of transition and reform, love is often left out of the equation of church life, when Christ meant it to be central.

I am looking forward to our times together over the next year and that God will continue to sanctify us and teach us how to “conduct” ourselves “in the household of God.”