First Century Facebook – the letters of Paul

Welcome to my new blog.

For the first several weeks, it will be devoted exclusively to the teaching series for this summer at the Ranchland Church where I serve as Pastor.  After that we will broaden out the topics on the general theme of churches and disciples staying spiritually healthy and well-balanced.

The thirteen week summer series is titled “First Century Facebook” centering around the 13 letters of the Apostle Paul and imagining that were Paul writing today, he would utilize most of our communication tools, including social media.  Of course, the Word of God does stay alive and relevant to every age and culture!

But how do you cover in one Sunday message or even one week’s time the incredible teachings found in each of Paul’s letters?  It will obviously be fast-paced and concise as we seek to do an overview of each book.  To do that I am using as a resource the world-renown “Be” series of commentaries authored by the prolific writer, commentator and pastor, Warren Wiersbe.  His “Be” series now cover not only the New Testament but the Old Testament as well.  One of the unique features of this monumental work is that Wierbe sums up each book of the Bible with just two words:  “Be _______________.”

Using his titles and themes, here are the topics we will be following during the summer both in this blog, but also on Facebook, Twitter and the Sunday messages at Ranchland Church (www.ranchlandchurch.com):

  1. Romans – “Be Right” – June 5
  2. 1 Corinthians – “Be Wise” – June 12
  3. 2 Corinthians – “Be Encouraged” – June 19
  4. Galatians – “Be Free” – June 26
  5. Ephesians – “Be Rich” – July 3
  6. Philippians – “Be Joyful” – July 10
  7. Colossians – “Be Complete” – July 17
  8. 1 Thessalonians – “Be Ready:  For Christ’s Return” – July 24
  9. 2 Thessalonians – “Be Ready:  In Spite of Hardships” – July 31
  10. 1 Timothy – “Be Faithful:  To Your Calling” – August 7
  11. 2 Timothy – “Be Faithful:  In Your Beliefs” – August 14
  12. Titus – “Be Faithful:  In Your Station” – August 21
  13. Philemon – “Be Faithful:  In Your Relationships” – August 28

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