New Bible Study Series! At Mountain Bible Church, we believe that in essential beliefs we have unity. In non-essential beliefs we have unity. However, in all our beliefs we show love. Over the course of the next two semesters we will focus our attention on some non-essential beliefs and how they impact our understanding of the Bible, our worldview, and our relationships with other believers. The Counterpoints series provides a forum for comparison and critique of different Christian views on issues important to Christians. Here are the names of the books that we will be studying. Choose which study you would like to attend and invite a friend to come along with you. Attention! You must read the first chapter and responses prior to the first session of each class.
Five Views on the Law and Gospel. Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 6th and running 5 weeks.
Do the Law and the Gospel belong to two separate dispensations? Has the Gospel replaced the Law? What is the relevance of the Old Testament Law to our lives as Christians? Is there continuity between it and what Christ expects of us in the Gospel? It is no secret that Christians have differed widely on these questions. This book explores five major approaches to this important biblical topic that have developed in Protestant circles. Each of the five authors presents his particular perspective on the issue and responds to the other four.
Show Them No Mercy: 4 Views on God and Canaanite Genocide. BeginningJan. 8thand running 4 weeks.
A discussion of various contemporary evangelical views of genocide in the Old Testament. Christians are often shocked to read that Yahweh, the God of the Israelites, commanded the total destruction―all men, women, and children―of the ethnic group know as the Canaanites. This seems to contradict Jesus’ command in the New Testament to love your enemies and do good to all people. How can Yahweh be the same God as the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ? What does genocide in the Bible have to do with the politics of the 21st century?
Four Views on Hell (2016 second edition). Beginning Feb. 12thand running 4 weeks.
Recent years have seen much controversy regarding hell: Do we go to heaven or hell when we die? Or do we cease to exist? Are believers and unbelievers ultimately saved in the end? This second edition of Four Views on Hell, featuring all new contributors, highlights why the church still needs to wrestle with the doctrine of hell. In the familiar counterpoints format, four leading scholars introduce us to the current views on eternal judgment, with particular attention being given to the new voices that have entered the debate.
Two Views on Women in Ministry. Beginning March 18thand running 4 weeks.
What does the Bible say about women’s roles in the church? With pros and cons on either side of a heated, ongoing debate, no definitive conclusions have emerged. This book furnishes you with a clear and thorough presentation of the two primary views on women in ministry so you can better understand each one’s strengths, weaknesses, and complexities. Each view—egalitarian (equal ministry opportunity for both genders) and complementarian (ministry roles differentiated by gender)—is represented by two contributors