Note from Jana

Sisters,

My heart overflows with joy in anticipation of gathering together with you next Wednesday to delve into this little gem of a book on Christian friendship.

In Closer Than A Sister, Christina Fox explores the relationships we have with our sisters in Christ with an emphasis on those relationships within the local church. During our short five-week study, we will look at the rich theological foundations for friendship, several commands in the New Testament showing the early church what Christian friendship should look like, and finish up with a look at the challenges that work against our nurture and growth in the local church through these relationships.

Please read Part I: A Community of Faith (pages 23-61), looking over the questions at the end of chapters 1 – 3, so that you will be prepared for our discussion on July 11. As we join together each week to discuss and fellowship, my prayer and hope for you can be stated no better than our author did in her introduction to the book.

“My hope for you, dear reader, is that after reading this book you will desire to know and be known by your church community. I hope that you will see that you need Christian friendships and they need you as well. I hope that you will seek to deepen your friendships in your church and that such relationships would shine a light, reflecting Christ to the world.”

 

For His glory and His bride,

Jana Henry

 

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Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 24

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

This week’s passage from 1 Peter needs to be kept in the context of that which we studied last week. Peter was then addressing the doubts voiced by the scoffers, and he now turns to the believers who may be asking the same things, though from faith and not unbelief. “It is not only the scoffers who are concerned about these questions… The New Testament epistles were written in order to strengthen the faith of God’s people and comfort them.”[1] He once again addresses with tenderness these believers who, as many of us might, are wondering when our Lord will return. Continue reading “Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 24”

Reflections

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

Last week our Women’s Ministry Team met to reflect and share notes on our recent women’s conference, Compassionate Community, with Susan Hunt. The focus of the conference was Biblical Womanhood, as expressed in Titus 2 Spiritual Mothering relationships. As one, we all agree that Susan’s message to us was not only precisely what the local church, but also the Church as a whole desperately needs to hear. We were overwhelmed by the positive response to the conference—and by positive response, I mean women who were starving for this message were brought to feast on the bread of God’s Word and they left nourished, but hungry for more!

The following is the talk given by Jana to open our meeting, based on her own reflections on the conference as they corresponded with her devotional reading in John’s Gospel. We are all excited to see what the Lord will do not only in our own women’s ministry, but in the ministries and churches represented at the conference. May we be willing vessels, believing his promises and carrying out the works for which he has prepared us, firm in our faith, with humility and love for one another. ~Barbaranne Kelly


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Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 23

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

This week, with the context of Peter’s warnings against the false teachers fresh in our minds, we turn to his encouragement to believers. The broader context of this epistle as we have read thus far has included the certainty of the return of our Lord and the day of judgement, the trustworthiness of the Scriptures, the ultimate punishment of evildoers and the rescue of the godly. Peter now turns to the specifics of the scoffers’ denial of the return of Jesus and encourages his readers to be strengthened in their faith by remembering the prophecies and history of the Scriptures. Continue reading “Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 23”