Isaiah 55:6-11 “The Four Characteristics of Scripture”


Sunday, October 31, 2021
Virtual Worship Service
Pastor Jon VanderWall Preaching

Worship Songs:
• Ancient Words –
• Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me) –
• How Firm A Foundation –
• King of Kings –
• Word of God Speak –
• Thy Word –

Scripture Passages:
Isaiah 55:6-11; 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Message Title:
The Four Characteristics of Scripture

Thoughts for Reflection:
We’ve been talking through the first Unit of our Apologetics curriculum over the past several weeks. It is appropriately titled “God’s Word is our Foundation” and we’ve been looking very closely at the nature of God’s Word and what it reveals about who God is as well as what it says about itself. These first 10 weeks set the stage for our journey through Scripture which will begin in a few weeks.
Though many only think of today as Halloween, it is also Reformation Day! One of the key elements of the reformation had to do with the emphasis on Scripture over and above the traditions and teachings of the Roman Catholic church. “Sola Scriptura” means Scripture Alone, and is a reference to the primacy of God’s Word, yet it leads to a natural question: how can we know God’s Word can be trusted? Several weeks ago, we Pastor Jim led us through a study of the attributes of God. Today we are pausing from our curriculum to look at some of the attributes of Scripture and why IT ALONE is our sole source of Absolute Truth.
Questions to take home:
1. Have you ever had doubts or questions about any parts of the Bible? What caused those questions? What have you or should you do to resolve them?
2. If the doctrine of the clarity of Scripture is true, why does there seem to be so much disagreement among Christians about the teaching of the Bible? How do you think Jesus would respond to these differing interpretations?
3. Do you nourish your soul on the spiritual food of the Word as carefully and diligently as you nourish your body on physical food?

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The Leadership of HCC has decided that tomorrow’s worship service, October 31, will be adjusted to ONLINE WORSHIP only. Due to an abnormally large number of individuals from the church testing positive for COVID-19 in the last week, and the fact that our whole pastoral staff is under quarantine right now, we will not be holding in-person church.

Pastor Jon will be putting a sermon online tomorrow morning in the same manner that we have done in the past with suggested worship songs to engage on your own.

There are a number of additional scheduling changes for church as well:
• Sunday School: Unit 1 Lesson 7 will now be next week. An updated schedule will be sent
• Hopkids will be leading worship next Sunday instead of tomorrow.
• HCC Annual Congregational Meeting will now be held on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 11 AM, following the worship service.
• Informational meetings for Denominational Updates will be rescheduled as follows:
o Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 4 PM
o Monday, November 22, 2021 at 7 PM
o A virtual meeting (ZOOM) will be held on Thursday, November 18 at 8 PM
• The consistory Meeting for November will be rescheduled (it was on Opening Day anyway).
Thank you for your flexibility. Sorry for the last-minute changes. Please keep in prayer those people that have COVID right now!

An email, text, and Facebook post will follow later tonight or in the morning with information on how to access this week’s sermon.

Have a blessed weekend.

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