Yes indeed folks, Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University course is coming again to the WCoC. This is a nine week course that teaches you how to save money, get out of debt permanently, grow your financial strength, plan for the future, plan for a dignified retirement, grow wealthy over the course of your life and give like no one else. In short you will learn how to handle money the way God intended, using principles that have been taken directly from scripture.
This class is for anyone and everyone. You don’t have to be broke or in debt to get something life changing from this class. No, you just need a desire to live a better life with less stress over money. Ask your brothers and sisters in the church who have already been through the class.
To register is easy. Just email the church office and let them know you will be attending. The cost of the course is $102 per family. This includes your lifetime membership to the university, and the cost of the membership kit. You can order your kit directly from the Dave Ramsey web site, but we recommend you simply make a check out to the church for $102.30 and we’ll do the rest for you.
For this week’s sermon we are visited by an old friend of the Warrenton Church of Christ, our very own Phil Stratton. In his message, Phil brings us an interesting story of a man named John. Not the baptizer, nor the author of Gospels, no this is the story of John Newton. And if that name seems familiar to you then look up the author of the hymn Amazing Grace and you’ll see his name preserved in history. But there’s much more to John Newton’s life than a powerful and stirring hymn, so listen to this wonderful sermon captured for you in this podcast.
Before you click on the link below, you must accept my sincere apologies for some edits I had to make to this audio recording. Throughout this sermon, Phil had the congregation sing successive verses of Amazing Grace. This moved the story forward and greatly enhanced the sermon. Unfortunately my recording equipment was overloaded by the signing parts of the audio and distorted greatly, so I had to cut these out. So while Phil’s spoken message is completely in tact, it is not served as well as it deserved to be in this recording. Despite this technical setback, I hope you will greatly enjoy Phil’s wonderful message.
In this week’s sermon, Bob continues his theme of “Being Ready”, with fun stories of some of our own church family members and then of course, Bob reads some excellent selections from the scripture of Galatians, Timothy, and Colossians to reinforce God’s word on being ready.
“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
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In this topical sermon, Bob talks about recent major news events and then leads us to thinking about our role of ambassador for Christ Jesus. How prepared should we be? What should we know when spreading the news of Christ Jesus?
2 Corinthians: 17 – 20
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
In this week’s lesson Bob speaks from a place of personal sadness and we join him and Nancy in their grief for Nancy’s Mother who passed this Saturday evening. This is a wonderful message about being ready for God. “Are you ready?” Bob asks.
A sermon of this title was already planned for today’s service, however, in light of their loss, Bob delivers a profoundly different message than he had intended under this title.
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?”15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
We will be keeping the Kolodner family in our prayers this week; may God’s love bring you peace.
People of a certain character are the subject of Bob’s sermon this week.
Working from the text of 1 Timothy, Bob talks about the character traits required to be a special leader in the church.
Check out the following podcast to hear the sermon. Unfortunately Bob’s mic periodically cuts out in this recording. I hope this doesn’t ruin your enjoyment of this otherwise wonderful message.
So is there a special office in the church called deacon?
In this week’s lesson, Bob talks about our use of words in the Bible and weather they are ‘translated’ or ‘transliterated’.
Using the scripture of Paul, Bob unpacks how the translations from the greek to english can change the word slightly from the original.
To help us understand this he reads sections of scripture and provides a more literal translation for us to consider as he helps us study and understand.
This week we have a special podcast double bill with guest speaker Marty Koonce who’s in the country for a few weeks visiting his supporting churches and reconnecting with his U.S. brothers and sisters. For those of you who don’t know Marty, he and his family have been working in Toga and Rwanda for twenty years on missions to bring Christ Jesus to the people of these countries.
His record for success is monumental and his gifts of language and deep love and understanding of God has served and saved thousands upon thousands of people. Listen to these podcasts of his Adult Bible class and sermon to learn more about Marty, his family and his missions in Africa.
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“What we’re going to focus on this morning is that first sermon after Jesus is raised from the dead, and that first response to the good news, on that first day when the gospel is preached” – Bob K. 2017-05-28
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
In another excellent lesson, our dear brother and Minister Bob Kolodner walks us thoughtfully and slowly through the book of Acts examining the events around Pentecost some 50 days after Jesus has been crusified and resurrected.
In an oratory rich in scripture and powerful in message, Bob reminds us the importance of studying the word of God.
“If we’re going to say ‘as You wish’ to Jesus, then this is what Jesus desires. Jesus wants transformed lives, He doesn’t want pew sitters: He doesn’t want people who are cultural Christians: He doesn’t want people who are just in it for the goodies – He wants disciples.” Bob K. 2017-05-28
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Sunday May 21st – Warrenton Church of Christ celebrates the completion of our first Financial Peace University course
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Yes brothers and sisters, it was our joy and privilege to graduate the very first Financial Peace University class offered by the Warrenton Church of Christ. Seen above are our newly graduated spring class of 2017 and we are so proud of each of them. This was a nine week long course that teaches us how to manage money God’s way: and boy is that an awesome concept in today’s world. In this class we learned how to save for emergencies, eliminate debt from our lives permanently (the borrower is slave to the lender), take out the right kind of insurance to protect our families, save for our kid’s collage, build wealth for retirement and ultimately how to give generously and be an excellent steward with God’s money. As Dave Ramsey puts it, you will learn how to live like no one else, so later you can live, and give, like no one else.
On this last day we all watched one of the most powerful lessons in the course. Titled “The Great Misunderstanding”, Dave illustrates how we are but stewards of God’s money. We don’t own it, because everything belongs to God, so it’s up to us to do right with that which God entrusts us. After the class video finished, the room was silent for some moments as we all tried to absorb the powerful message Dave had just delivered. It was awesome and like this entire course – potentially life changing. We wrapped up the day with the certificate presentations, some cake and sparkling Cider. It has been a wonderful experience as we have seen the class members grow, learn, encourage each other and share their experiences and excitement for the future now that they know the path to financial peace.
We plan to offer this class again in the fall, so if you missed enrollment this time, be sure to join us for the next WCOC offering of Financial Peace University. God bless you all.