Andrew James – Head Pastor at First Church Congregational Boxford in Boxford, MA – joins us as our guest speaker at the upcoming monthly Men’s Forum. Andrew will speak on the subject of Christ-Centered Leadership, continuing our series on this topic and providing us with “practical lessons for Christian life for Monday morning and beyond.”
Andrew is a Virginia native who came to First Church in 2014. He completed his M.Div. at Gordon-Conwell, where he served as Student Body President. Andrew is affiliated with Christian Business Men’s Connection (CBMC), having started the Boston chapter in 2011.
Please plan to join us for this next Forum, and feel free to bring a friend, neighbor or colleague!
During Advent we collected questions people had about faith. We have quite a few great questions that we want to respond to in an informal discussion/Q&A with Pastor Tom. Join us Sunday, January 19th, at 9:30a in RM 201 for this one-time seminar, and bring your questions!
This season, we’ve been thinking about how to better equip the church in training in Apologetics, or, defense of the faith. We want to affirm that asking tough questions is a good part in growing in our faith, but we also want to equip you with ways to respond to these hard questions. Perhaps you have children that ask hard questions, colleagues or friends, or maybe you yourself have questions or doubts that you’re not sure how to work through. If so, join us!
Come enjoy free food, games, and a silent auction to raise funds for building materials to be used on the trip. All are welcome!
Also enjoy a bounce house, soccer tournament, trip testimonies, and amazing Latin American cuisine!
If you love to share good food with people, you can signup to bring a dish here:Signup to Bring Food
The Student Group is going to Guatemala over February Vacation break.
On Friday, January 10th, we will host the first in a series of 2020 Men’s Forums. We will continue with the subject of Christ-Centered Leadership in the Workplace, although also make some important changes: first, the Men’s Forum will be monthly (not quarterly) and, second, we will shift to a morning format (with the expectation that this may make the Forum more accessible to men at all stages of life, including those with young families and thus evening commitments).
We will kick off at 6:15 am (and end by 7:30 am) on Friday the 10th with Ben Keyes as our featured speaker. Ben is a member of TCC and part of the leadership team at Southborough L’Abri. His talk will focus in particular on humility in leadership.
This idea that Jesus is the creator of the universe (Colossians 1:15-18) may be hard for us to fathom, but one thing we can understand instantly is our need for God to restore order out of the chaos of our lives. We need Jesus the Creator to rebuild, re-create (create in me a clean heart). What are the areas of your life where things lie in chaos (“formless and void” as Genesis says)? Maybe it’s the entire Christmas season that feels like one big chaos! Sometimes nothing less than a creative act of God (ex nihilo, out of nothing) can restore the complete mess we’ve been heaped upon, and/or the mess we’ve created for ourselves. God delights in new beginnings! This Christmas, tell yourself and others that the birth of Jesus is all about a new Beginning, a New Creation. Don’t let the chaotic and hectic pace of the season unhinge you. Allow Jesus the Creator, The First-Born of all creation to manifest His power in your life! He is faithful and He will do it.
For the 3rd week of Advent, we remember the birth of Jesus is the birth of the “First-born of all creation.” Christmas according to Paul in Colossians 1:15-18 affirms boldly that Jesus is the beginning of “all things:” “He is the Beginning in the way God created the heavens and the earth in the beginning (Genesis 1:1). Every gospel (=biographies of the life of Jesus) begins with the “beginning” (John 1:1; Mark 1:1; Luke 1:2; Matthew omits the word beginning but the genealogy points to his origins, Matthew 1:1). In his version of Christmas, Paul says Jesus was actually at the beginning of all of creation because He was the creator of all things, in “heaven and on earth,” “visible and invisible,” “thrones [kings], dominions, rulers, authorities,” everything has been created “through Him and for Him.” Paul leaves nothing out of Jesus’ control in the universe. This is why the narrative of Jesus’ birth and His life is filled with divine and supernatural interventions, where God breaks into our realm to make Himself known, but also to remind us that He controls what which He made. Matthew 1:18-25 makes it explicitly clear that while Jesus was born of Mary, He was conceived by God the Spirit because He Himself is God. The birth of Jesus is actually a Creation account like Genesis, but now it’s a New Creation where Jesus brings order out of the chaos caused by sin and death. His birth is the Beginning, “the dawn of redeeming grace.” As my friend Sean McDonough says, “He rules the world He made.”