Posted in Missions | By Shades Staff | Posted on Fri Nov 5, 2021
With the holiday season right around the corner and as 2021 comes to a close, there will be many opportunities for you to Live Sent at home, in your neighborhood, and in the community. You can learn about them by downloading the pdf newsletter, or reading below:
Posted in From the Pastor | By Shades Mountain Baptist Church | Posted on Wed Nov 3, 2021
It costs you nothing to give encouragement, but words of encouragement are as valuable as gold to someone who needs it. Try to encourage someone this week.
Posted in Bible Reading Forecasts | By Bradley Patton | Posted on Sun Oct 31, 2021
We conclude the second half of Luke’s gospel this week and read the first two chapters of John’s gospel. Keep reading Luke with an eye toward (1) gaining certainty about what we have been taught and (2) seeing how the nations are being welcomed into the kingdom of God.
Posted in From the Pastor | By Shades Mountain Baptist Church | Posted on Tue Oct 26, 2021
In this week's devotion, Pastor George Wright encourages us to look to the Bible for wisdom rather than other worldly sources. Take a look!
Posted in Bible Reading Forecasts | By Bradley Patton | Posted on Sun Oct 24, 2021
This week we move from Matthew’s gospel into Luke’s gospel. You may remember we said Matthew’s focus was on showing Jewish believers how Jesus is the fulfillment of the Old Testament promises and the teacher of a new righteousness. Luke, on the other hand, makes an important emphasis on how the nations are being welcomed into the story of salvation. And he does so through an orderly account of the events surrounding the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus so that his audience (a man named Theophilus) would have certainty concerning the things he’d been taught.
Posted in From the Pastor | By Jordan Cox | Posted on Wed Oct 20, 2021
We're launching a new devotional series with Pastor George! The Word Todayis a time of encouragement, challenge, wisdom and direction from Pastor George. Take a look at this week's video with a word from John 1 on how to live sent in our workplaces, schools, and neighborhoods. Check it out!
Posted in Bible Reading Forecasts | By Bradley Patton | Posted on Sun Oct 17, 2021
This week we’re covering a lot of ground in Matthew’s gospel. It will help us to keep three things in mind as we read this week. First, Jesus continues preaching about the kingdom of heaven and how it will grow even in the face of resistance. Second, Jesus is focused on teaching and training his disciples – especially during their interactions with the crowds and the Jewish leaders. Third, the conflicts and questions surrounding Jesus are designed to lead readers toward the cross and resurrection in Jerusalem. On the way, Jesus is quoting and interpreting Old Testament passages that shed light on his true identity. When you see a quotation, pause and consider the point Jesus is trying to make with that text.
Posted in Bible Reading Forecasts | By Bradley Patton | Posted on Sun Oct 10, 2021
We’ll conclude Mark this week and move into Matthew. Each Gospel has a different flavor, which we’ll see as we transition from Mark to Matthew. Mark’s Gospel was fast-paced and focused on properly understanding who Jesus is as Christ, Son of God, and Son of Man. Matthew takes a different route to the same perspective. He focuses on Jesus’ fulfillment of OT Scripture, Jesus’ relationship to righteousness and the law, and the authority of Jesus’ teaching.
Posted in Bible Reading Forecasts | By Bradley Patton | Posted on Sun Oct 3, 2021
We’re into the New Testament this week. For the next six and a half weeks, we’ll be in the Gospels. This means we’ll read accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry from four unique perspectives. Before we start, let me remind you that the Gospels are more than “history.” They’re “theological biography.” So, while you may sense that you’re reading the same stories, pay attention to the “accents” of each Gospel writer. Each author has a particular (1) focus through which they’re looking at the person and work of Christ and (2) audience they’re helping to see the person and work of Christ.
Posted in Bible Reading Forecasts | By Bradley Patton | Posted on Sun Sep 26, 2021
We finish the Old Testament this week! Let’s press on! The people of God are returning to the Land. They’re repenting. They’re living faithfully in exile. They’re looking for confirmation of the Lord’s love and for Elijah the prophet who will make straight the way of the Lord.