Treehouse Fellowship…..and the story of Philip!

We’re taking our fellowship outdoors this week.  The weather is spectacular, early fall in Charlotte.  We’ll gather starting at 7:30 am at the Lenhart’s backyard treehouse (1609 Sterling Road).  Come enjoy the fellowship, in the treetops!

Our study this week is on the apostle Philip (Chapter 6), who is the “head” of the second grouping of four men.  Our author explains that while the initial four, Peter, James, John and Andrew, all found Jesus (when John the Baptist pointed out Jesus to them), it’s widely considered that Philip was the first apostle found by Jesus.  Philip is so excited about meeting Jesus, that he runs to Nathanael to excitedly tell him, “We have found the Messiah.”

I love what our author says on page 123:

“I am convinced, by the way, that friendships provide the most fertile soil for evangelism.  When the reality of Christ is introduced into a relationship of love and trust that has already been established, the effect is powerful.  And it seems that invariable, when someone becomes a true follower of Christ, that person’s first impulse is to want to find a friend and introduce that friend to Christ.”

Twelve Ordinary Men, p. 123

John Paschal leads us this week in our discussion about Philip.  Gather in the treehouse beginning at 7:30 am.  John will start the lesson at 7:45 am.



What’s Not to Love about the Apostle John?

Little teaser there as we dig into our fourth apostle this week, John—“the apostle of love”.  Homework is to read chapter 5 in “Twelve Ordinary Men”.

Arguably, John is the most familiar to all of us because he’s written most of the New Testament.  As such, there’s much to draw from on his personality and character.  In reading back through Chapter 5 (again), I’ve taken back by John’s focus on the “black and white” of human life.  In other words, John sees things as absolute.  He’s very set on what doctrine teaches and the consequences as such.  But notice what our author says of John on page 98:

“He (John) is concerned primarily with the overall pattern of a person’s life.  He wants to underscore the fact that righteousness, not sin, is the dominant principle in a true believer’s life.  Those who read John carelessly or superficially might almost think his is saying there are no exceptions.”

-MacArthur, Twelve Ordinary Men, p. 98

As you read this week’s lesson, I’d encourage you not to focus on the final outcome of John….but rather on the journey along the way.  The transformation of John is one of the most powerful lessons we can model even in modern times.

Again, MacArthur speaks (on page 105):

“The kingdom needs men who have courage, ambition, drive, passion, boldness, and a zeal for the truth.  John certainly had all of those things.  But to reach his full potential, he needed to balance those things with love.  I think this episode was a critical rebuke that started to move him toward becoming the apostle of love he ultimately became.”

-MacArthur, Twelve Ordinary Men, p. 105

Rob Miller leads us this week.  He promises lots of “nuggets galore” along the way!  (Rob is always a treat when he leads!)

Cornwell Center parlor room; gather at 7:30 am.  Lesson starts at 7:45 am.