This Week At Zion Jan 7


We exist to make disciples of Jesus Christ by proclaiming the Gospel
in the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God in north Iowa and beyond.

The week ahead for Jan 7 – 13 at Zion…

This Week
1:00 p.m.            Zion Staff Meeting

9:00 a.m.            Prayer Group
2:00 p.m.            Concord Care Ministry

6:00 a.m.            Men’s Bible Study
2:30 p.m.            7th/8th Confirmation (Snacks: Pastor Brian)
5:30                     New Life Meal (Serving: Payton H.)
6:00                     New Life Speaker (Dean K. & Dean S. – Gideon’s)
6:30                     Adult Bible Study
7:00                     9th Confirmation
7:15                     Choir Rehearsal
8:00                     Sr. High Youth Group

7:30 p.m.            Women’s Bible Study

8:00 a.m.            Men’s Ministry Breakfast
9:15                     Sunday School
10:30                   Worship
7:00                     Sr. High Youth Group
Adult Bible Study

New Life Ministry
Menu: Scalloped potatoes and Ham, Connie’s Baked Beans, Assorted Fruit, Homemade Rolls, Bars & Cookies, Milk, Coffee, & Juice.

Pray for our Mission of the Month: Mission Aviation Fellowship
Praise God for the blessings of a new year
Rejoice in God’s enabling grace that leads us in holiness & obedience
Pray for Gospel love to saturate our marriages, families, and friendships

News of Note
You may download the January Update from the Zion website
We begin our new sermon series Foundations 2019 in January. Invite someone to Zion to join us!
The Zion Ski Trip is planned for Jan 19. Contact Pastor Derek for details.
Our Sew ‘N’ Sews will resume on Jan 17th! All invited. Contact Gloria B. for details.

Weekly Devotional Resources

Weekly Bible Reading
Romans 1-2, Genesis 1-3, Joshua 1-5, Psalms 1-2, Job 1-2, Isaiah 1-6, Matthew 1-2

Heidelberg Catechism
Lord’s Day 1

Worship Reflections
As we praised God through prayer, Scripture, and songs like Another Year Is Dawning, In Christ Alone, and Day By Day, what is something the Holy Spirit wanted you to take home with you?
In the sermon on Psalm 119:17 – 24 entitled “Delighting In His Word,” what was one thing God spoke to you about?

Weekend Update Devotional: The Power Of Sonship
Jesus is the Son of God par excellance. There is no One like Him. Yet He shares His sonship with believers by having them adopted into His family. God is a father to the fatherless, which means we properly fear Him, receive His grace and blessings, and are discipled and disciplined by Him. This is taught in the biblical doctrine of adoption, a doctrine the Reformed tradition has long cherished. But this is not an impersonal doctrine to check off and a theology exam; adoption is about the Holy Spirit who lives within believers! He is the “Spirit of adoption,” and that brings powerful benefits!

But Christians must also be discerning. Want to go to “black belt” levels of Christian thinking? There is a “sonship theology” that has become very popular in certain circles. How should we evaluate such thinking? Understanding what the “sonship movement” is can help us understand the challenges within. There are definite concerns if we put so much emphasis on family relationships that ignore biblical truth.

About blund

Brian J. Lund is minister of Word & Sacrament at Zion Evangelical & Reformed Church. You can follow him at his website or @BrianJLund.
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