We have had a great September! First, we learned that Kim will be able to keep her job with World Vision! We prayed for her job for months, and her bosses will be allowing her to work remotely from home in Idaho.
We began Sunday morning services during the first week of September. Though we are still a small group, our services have been a wonderful time of fellowship, prayer, teaching, and celebration of the Lord’s table.
In September, our church had our first outreach activity to first responders of the city of Idaho Falls. I know many who participated in this activity were truly blessed, and we’re excited to begin planning our next activity.
For the month of October, our big activity is going to be worship and fellowship during the upcoming Newsboys “God’s Not Dead” concert. Prior to the concert, our church is going to spend our Thursday night Bible study time watching the film, “God’s Not Dead” in preparation for our worship and fellowship time at the concert.
We have officially completed our 4 week survey of Genesis through Numbers as background for our study of the Book of Deuteronomy in the upcoming weeks. I anticipate we will spend about a year in the book of Deuteronomy on Sunday mornings.
Yesterday, we looked at a passage in Matthew’s gospel about the Law, and the connection between Old and New Testaments. Ask yourself this question: Why should I study the Old Testament? Then, prayerfully read through Matthew’s response to such a question in the words of Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:17-20).
The Old Testament is vital for any believer’s ongoing life of discipleship to Jesus. First, the OT was Jesus’ Bible. Second, the OT pointed forward to God’s plan of redemption, which Jesus fulfilled. Third, Jesus tells us that God’s word will all be accomplished, even down to the smallest pen stroke. If God takes His word that seriously, so should we. Finally, because Jesus fully obeyed the righteous requirements of God from the OT, we can more fully understand God’s desire for His people in the OT writings, and we can better apply God’s truths as He originally intended them. Simply put, Christians needto obey God’s desires by understanding the OT through a Christological lens. We are not exempt from keeping the OT, in fact, the OT should have a more full meaning for us now that Christ has finally come.
In Deuteronomy, we come across such powerful passages as the Ten Words (traditionally known as the “Ten Commandments”) as God’s covenant with Israel (Deuteronomy 4:13), the Shema (Love God with all your being, and teach His ways to your children) as a summary of covenant relationship (Deuteronomy 6:4-9), Jesus’ responses to Satan in his test in the wilderness, including, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4; See Deuteronomy 8:3 See Also Matthew 4:5-11 and Deuteronomy 6:13, 16)
This list of examples of the application of Deuteronomy during Jesus’ day could go on and on. Needless to say, God takes His whole word very seriously. As Christians, we should too. My encouragement to all of you is to read your Old Testament, and give thanks to God primarily that all He has promised, He has begun to accomplish in Jesus, and He will yet accomplish in the days ahead. You can trust God and His promises. Read your Old Testament in light of Christ’s coming and fulfillment of God’s promises. And, prayerfully consider how God wants to transform your discipleship to Jesus through your dedication to studying and applying Jesus’ Bible, the Old Testament.
Friends, God is doing an amazing work among us, in our church. We thank God for the fruit, the growth, and the blessing He has already provided. And we’re excited to see what He will do in the days ahead. Thank you all for your prayers for us, and for your financial support. Both of these are felt and greatly appreciated.
In the words of Mike, one of our homeless brothers, “Be blessed by God this week!”