A Message from the Pastor
Adult Bible Study
The Perils of a Divided Nation
The Lessons from the Fracture Between North and South
I & II Kings
The rapid rise of Israel during the reigns of David and Solomon comes to a quick end after the death of Solomon. The inequality between northern and southern Israel erupted into the nation dividing. The rise of the two nations was the beginning of a slow death where both nations would be swallowed in the rise of the great empires. One nation, Israel, comprised of ten of the twelve tribes of Israel, would cease to exist as it was destroyed by Assyrian Empire in 721 BCE. The remaining two tribes, Judah and Benjamin would survive just a little longer, finally succumbing to the Babylonian Empire in 587 BCE.
Beginning on Wednesday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. Pastor Bart will begin an examination of I and II Kings. Here is the schedule for September.
September 12 The Dangers of Remaking the Wheel:
The Rise and Quick Fall of Israel
Study I Kings 11-16
September 19 Celebrity Death Match
Ahab and Jezebel vs. Elijah
Study I Kings 17-20:43
September 26 Speaking to Truth to Power:
The Demise of Ahab
Study I Kings 21-II Kings 2:25
Birth Narrative Study to Begin in October
Pastor Bart will facilitate a study of the birth narratives from Matthew and Luke beginning in October. The study will include a DVD study from the renowned biblical scholar Mickey Efird. The study will include a twenty-minute teaching session from professor Efird. Discussion and follow-up will be facilitated by Pastor Bart.
Professor Efird was a New Testament scholar at Duke University for almost fifty years. Pastor Bart was a student of Professor Efird for Greek back in 1981 and has sat under his local church teaching sessions in Roanoke County back around eight years ago. Pastor Bart has also led studies in Professor Effird’s studies in Genesis and Revelation.
Our ability to utilize Efird’s teaching comes through a donation from the Rev. Ronnie Morris who recently retired. Rev. Morris has given Pastor Bart all of the resources that were produced by Efird Bible Study series as a gift to be utilized in the local church.
Classes will begin on Sunday, October 7, at 10:00 a.m. in the Assembly Room.
The Social Church
Market Street Embraces the local community, and is a hosting site for ES Literacy Council, Una Familia, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity, Vacation Bible School, Kids Alive!, AA and other local activities. It is the "umbrella" church for the Historic Cokesbury Church, where benefit public concerts are held throughout the year.