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Different By Design

Different By Design

Hello Church Family,

I’m so looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday. We’re going to sing Your Grace Finds Me, Sweetly Broken, and It is Well with My Soul (among other songs); and then, from Paul’s first letter to Timothy, we’re going to continue our discussion on how women and men can live in unity, honoring each other as equals, while at the same time, embracing what makes us different by God’s design.

I wanted to give you a heads-up on the questions I’ll be tackling this week from the text, in order to wet your whistle, so to speak; here they are:

  1. Is theology strictly a man’s domain?
  2. Can a woman teach or preach in church?
  3. What does giving birth have to do with salvation?

After we answer those controversial questions with straight-forward explanations (at least that’s my goal!), we’re going to see how even a difficult passage like the one we’re in the middle of, points us to Jesus and His perfect sacrifice for us. I’ve been praying much this week for God to minister to us on Sunday through the ministry of the Word. I believe that He will.

Also, we’re going to have a guest worship leader: a young guy named Stefan, who will be accompanied by his wife, Alexandra. They are a sweet couple who are expecting their first child in January. Most importantly, they love Jesus and the gospel. I think you will see Stefan’s heart for the church on display as he leads us in music worship.

I want you to know that I regularly feel like Apostle Paul did when he reflected on his fellow believers: I “always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when [I] pray for you, since [I have] heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints (Colossians 1:3-4 ESV).”

In His grace,

Pastor John