Church History Classes Covering 100 A.D. through 300 A.D. Resume February 12, 2017.

We are excited to begin a new semester of Church History  classes in our Equipping Hour here at Grace Bible Church. This semester, Job Dalomba will be teaching sessions on church history, covering significant events, people and documents from 100 A.D. through 300 A.D.. We will examine in particular the early defenses of Christianity, the formations and settling of important doctrines, and the heresies that arose. The similarities and importance of these centuries to our current context will be very important in helping us in our current place in history.

The goal of this course is to help us understand better the faith and history that we have inherited, and how we came to where we are now in history. We will also better understand how Christians have historically lived in hostile times, how the gospel has grown over the last two centuries, how our doctrines, traditions and structures were formed, and how they have changed over time. 

The time will be free to allow for teaching, questions and discussions. It will not be a mere recounting of facts. We want to tell stories, take asides and see how these events explain other things that came later, stop to put a spotlight on certain documents, Christian leaders and events, and examine the factors involved in history that God has used to bring things about. 

While in this time, all will be stretched and will be pleasantly surprised how they will be changed as a result of knowing our history better. We will likely have figures, groups, traditions and practices that we appreciate more, and some we see in a new light that we hadn’t seen before.

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

Church History Sessions Beginning August 21, 2016

We are excited to begin a new semester of teaching in our Equipping Hour here at Grace Bible Church. This semester, Job Dalomba will be teaching sessions on church history, beginning in 6 B.C. with the birth of Jesus Christ. We will examine the background and historical context of the four gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the time of the New Testament epistles, and the subsequent history that followed the early church. The semester will draw to an end as we arrive at the daw of the Protestant Reformation. 

The goal of this course is to help us understand better the faith and history that we have inherited, and how we came to where we are now in history. We will also better understand how Christians have historically lived in hostile times, how the gospel has grown over the last two centuries, how our doctrines, traditions and structures were formed, and how they have changed over time. 

The time will be free to allow for teaching, questions and discussions. It will not be a mere recounting of facts. We want to tell stories, take asides and see how these events explain other things that came later, stop to put a spotlight on certain documents, Christian leaders and events, and examine the factors involved in history that God has used to bring things about. 

While in this time, all will be stretched and will be pleasantly surprised how they will be changed as a result of knowing our history better. We will likely have figures, groups, traditions and practices that we appreciate more, and some we see in a new light that we hadn’t seen before.

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

Complete Catechism for Toddlers

Here is the completed catechism for toddlers. The topics covered aren't exhaustive, but the goal is to provide a catechism set for parents to train their children in the pre-school years on the most important truths kids at this age need to know and be taught. I hope this is helpful for you. If you have any questions or need help in using this, let us know.

Questions about God
1. Who is God? The Lord our God
2. What else is God? Nothing
3. How many persons is God? Three:
4. Who are they? Father, Son and Spirit
5. What is God like? Holy, loving, just and good
6. What is God? Creator

Questions about God’s creation
7. What did God make? Everyone and everything
8. Who made you? God made me
9. How did God make the world? By speaking words.
10. Why did God make the world? For his glory.
11. What did God say after making everything? Very good
12. What was God’s favorite creation? People

Questions about the Bible:
13. What is the Bible? The Word of God
14. What is the Bible like? True, beautiful and good
15. What do we do with the Bible? Read it and believe it

Questions about humanity
16. Who were the first people God made? Adam and Eve
17. Why did God make people? His glory and our joy
18. Who were the first people? Adam and Eve
19. What did God use make them? From the dust
20. How did God make them? Happy and holy

Questions about Jesus Christ
21. Who is Jesus Christ? Lord and Savior
22. Is Jesus God or a man? Both! God and man
23. Did Jesus sin? Never, not once
24. What is Jesus like? Holy, loving, just and good
25. Why did Jesus die? To save mankind
26. What did Jesus do for you? Died for my sins
27. How many sins did Jesus die for? All of them
28. Is Jesus still dead? No! He is alive!
29. Where is Jesus now? In Heaven, ruling the earth!
30. Is Jesus coming back to earth? Yes! Yes! Yes!

Questions about the Holy Spirit
31. Who is the Holy Spirit? Our Comforter and Helper
32. Is the Holy Spirit God? Yes, equal to Father and Son
33. What does the Holy Spirit do? Keeps, convicts and guides us
34. How long will the Spirit keep, convict and guide us? Forever!

Easter Week 2016

This is Easter week and we have a few things at our church that we would like to let you know about.

Good Friday March 25, 7:00 p.m.
We are having a Good Friday Service. We will sing hymns, hear Scripture readings and a sermon regarding the salvation that Christians have through the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. 

Easter Sunday Morning, 9:00 a.m.
Normally at the end of each worship service we have a meal together, but this week we are going to begin the day with an Easter breakfast.

Easter Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m.
We will have our regular service and finish up our short sermon series in 1st Corinthians 15

We don’t want to take you away from your local church or any involvement you may have there. However, if you do not have plans at these times, please feel free to join us. Easter is a high time for Christians, so let us reflect and remember with renewed joy over the crucifixion and resurrection of the our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Grace and peace to you all

Catechism Questions for Toddlers Part 2

Here are some more catechism questions for toddlers and small children.

Questions About The Bible
13. What is the Bible? The Word of God
14. What is the Bible like? True, beautiful and good
15. What do we do with the Bible? Read it and believe it

Questions About Humanity
16. Who were the first people God made? Adam and Eve
17. Why did God make people? His glory and our joy
18. Who were the first people? Adam and Eve
19. What did God use make them? From the dust
20. How did God make them? Happy and holy

Catechism Questions for Toddlers Part 1

As a help to previous posts on family worship and helping your children as they participate in the worship service, here are some catechism questions for you to use to help in the process. There will be another part soon, but this is a good place to start. This catechism is designed to help wth children age five and under.

Questions about God
1. Who is God? The Lord our God

2. What else is God? Nothing

3. How many persons is God? Three:

4. Who are they? Father, Son and Spirit

5. What is God like? Holy, loving, just and good

6. What is God? Creator

Questions about God’s creation
7. What did God make? Everyone and everything

8. Who made you? God made me

9. How did God make the world? By speaking words.

10. Why did God make the world? For his glory.

11. What did God say after making everything? Very good

12. What was God’s favorite creation? People

24 Prayers for 2016

Yesterday in our sermon, our church was given 24 points of prayer from Job on behalf of the elders. It is the hope that each of these prayer points will aid each family and member of our church to prayer for themselves and one another in specific ways. The number of points, 24 is designed for you to be able to pray one point a day, six days a week. May God hear these prayers for His people and bless us abundantly. 

  1. Love and awe of God would increase
  2. Never forget God’s love for us
  3. Grow increasingly dependent on the Spirit’s help
  4. Prayer would grow increasingly important
  5. Love of Bible reading would increase and grow
  6. That we would take God at his word
  7. Quick to repent and obey
  8. That our sense of gratitude would increase
  9. That we would grow in fellowship with each other
  10. We would be quick: to encourage, to help and to listen
  11. We would be slow: to anger, to speak
  12. We would be prepared for living in hard times
  13. That we wouldn’t hate our enemies, but love them
  14. That we would welcome others as Christ has welcomed us
  15. Giving and generosity of time, wisdom and resources would increase
  16. Homes and relationships would be filled with patience, grace and joy
  17. Love and respect would increase in marriages: private and public
  18. Children will grow in love, respect and obedience towards parents
  19. That children will see the grace and responsibilities on their life
  20. Broken and weak relationships will be or begin to be restored
  21. For elders & deacons: Out of love for God, we will love our families with our full strength
  22. For elders and deacons: to remain faithful to our callings
  23. For me: to be quick to listen, repent and praise
  24. Rest securely: under Gods covenant with peace

22 Practical Ways to Help Children In Worship

As Christian families progress in training and teaching their children to love and worship God, we must make preparations for our children to participate with us in the corporate worship of God. For my family and many that we know, our children have been a part of the worship service with us from their birth. We have good friends that have waited until their children were toddlers to have them participate in the worship service. No matter the timing, it is important that we begin by asking ourselves an important question: consider: What is the purpose of your children being in the worship services? The answer is rather simple: the same purpose for you. All who come into the corporate worship of God are there to worship God and receive his grace, from the youngest to the oldest. God meets with His people to bring grace, healing, change and formation, and children aren’t excluded from receiving these from God in corporate worship. It is to our benefit to believe that our children can actually receive and profit from corporate worship beyond learning to be still and quiet. On a personal level, this is what motivated my family to begin including our children in worship from the beginning, and what sustains us on the hard days. As a pastor and parent, I must remember this and keep it before myself and our congregation. If we forget what is most important, we often become despondent and irritable. The same will happen if our only goal for our children in corporate worship is that they be still, quiet and not disturbing to others. However, if my desires are for my children to receive from the Spirit and be formed by God’s Word in worship, then I must rear them to in godly obedience and respect for me, their mothers, and the others in the worship service.

Our hearts need to be prepared to meet with God, and reflect upon the gift of God’s grace to us within our corporate worship. Keep this near your heart as you prepare yourself and your children to worship the Lord. I pray that as you train your children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, they will grow up believing the gospel of Christ and will love Him with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.

One last thing: I want to acknowledge and give clarity that I am by no means condemning those churches and families that make use of a nursery for younger children. Convictions among God’s people differ on this particular issue and even differ within those that have the same convictions about the practicalities. Whatever your church and family situation or belief, I hope this will be helpful for those whose younger children participate in the worship service.

Here is a list of 22 ways you can help encourage your toddler age children to participate in and receive more from corporate worship.

    1    Encourage your kids to squeeze hand or something similar when the name of God, Christ or the Holy Spirit is mentioned.

    2     If you know the sermon text before, encourage them to listen for certain things and to then squeeze your hand or something similar when they hear that mentioned. 

    3    Draw a picture of what is being talked about

    4    Encourage them to say a short prayer when there is a time of silence.

    5    If possible or profitable, encourage them to hold a bulletin during readings and singing.

    6    Be near them when there are corporate readings so they can hear you read.

    7    Have them say “AMEN” after each prayer and Scripture reading.

    8    Let them hold a Bible for Scripture readings to know that the Word of God is being read.

    9    Whisper to them that you are transitioning to a different part of the service. 

    10    Encourage them to raise their hands during the doxology.

    11    Encourage them to hold their hands open during the benediction.

    12    In a time of corporate prayer, where appropriate, tell them to say the name of a family member, church member, or friend as a prayer.

    13    Let them put the tithe check in the offering plate.

    14    Give them some change to put in each week during the offering.

    15    Only let them bring 1, no more than 2 items to church. More items allows for more distractions.

    16    Limit snacks and drinks during corporate worship

    17    Make bathroom visits before the service

    18    Sit closer to the front. Sitting further back can cause distractions to the children

    19    Limit Saturday activities and go to bed early to be rested for worship

    20    Remind the kids on Saturday night and Sunday morning they will be worshipping.

    21    Pray for the worship service every Saturday night or Sunday morning

    22    Read a Psalm about worship Saturday night or Sunday morning