Sunday Night Theology
Every last Sunday of the month
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Location: 200 S Church St., West Chester, PA 19382Category: Service
Sunday Night Theology is designed to provide extended time of Bible teaching as well as talks about current issues that should be addressed by the church of Jesus Christ. The Journey Church will provide excellent resources and work to bring some of the finest speakers here to our church as both a ministry to our members as well as an outreach to our community. These are occasions when you can invite others who might not otherwise come to a church to come and listen to our Sunday evening talks.
Upcoming SNT Talks:
The First Epistle to the Corinthians — Upwardly mobile Christians facing radically diverse ethnic, religious, economic, and social conditions. The church divided over issues of leadership and authority, sexual morality, gender and worship, marriage and divorce. First-century Corinth and its challenges were not so different from our own. To read this epistle well requires close attention as to how the parts and the whole fit together. In this SNT, the overall structure of the First Epistle to the Corinthians will be examined as well as key theological themes to help succinctly state the main point(s) of the epistle that inevitably leads to personal application of its teaching in daily life. This SNT talk will be led by Dr. Raymond Johnson on Sunday, June 24, 2018.
The Book of Proverbs — Proverbs provides over 900 verses meant to guide us toward a life wisdom. But how do these seemingly independent verses fit together? How should you read such a collection of God-inspired, wise sayings? This Sundayevening seminar on Proverbs will help you learn to read this wisdom-saturated portion of God’s Word with new eyes. This SNT talk will be led by Champ Thornton, author of Pass It On: A Proverbs Journal for the Next Generation, on Sunday, July 29, 2018.
The Epistle of James — The letter of James is one of the most neglected writings of the New Testament. One of the strongest and most influential voices against James has been that of Martin Luther who called it "the epistle of straw" because, according to Luther, it had no evangelical character. However, James offers an understanding of God and of the way one is called to be in the world; it provides direction to Christians as they put their faith into action. To read this epistle well requires close attention as to how the parts and the whole fit together. In this SNT, the overall structure of the Epistle of James will be examined as well as key theological themes to help succinctly state the main point(s) of the epistle that inevitably leads to personal application of its teaching in daily life. This SNT talk will be led by Dr. Raymond Johnson on Sunday, August 26, 2018.
Reformation Worship: Why We Do What We Do in Church — When the Reformers recovered the gospel, they also recovered the worship of God. The gospel and worship are like two sides of the one coin, and you can’t have one without the other. Each of the magisterial reformers wrote a church liturgy to aid God’s people in their embrace of the gospel. They did not just preach the gospel; they also allowed the gospel to shape the form of public worship. Come along and find out how. This SNT talk will be led by Dr. Jonathan Gibson, author of Reformation Worship: Liturgies From the Past For the Present on Sunday, September 30, 2018.
All That Is in God: The Doctrine of Divine Simplicity — Basic tenets of classical Christian teaching about God have become increasingly obscured among evangelicals. This talk will provide an exposition of historic Christian teaching while engaging with some contemporary deviations. Particular attention will be given to God's attribute of simplicity, with a consideration of the numerous implications for other areas of the faith in a manner that is philosophically robust, systematically nuanced, and biblically based. Our speaker will carefully argue for his case that “all that is in God is God Himself." This SNT seminar will be led by Cairn University's Dr. James Dolezal, author of All That Is in God: Evangelical Theology and the Challenge of Classical Christian Theism on Sunday, October 28, 2018.
American Christianity & Race: Reflections for a Divided Church & Nation — The story of redemption in Christ is the good news of one people reconciled to God and to one another through Jesus’ saving work. But why do our churches seem to be so divided along racial lines? Why does our nation still seem to be so beleaguered by the trauma of racism, slavery, and injustice? In our communities and, even more tragically, in our churches, it can seem we are more divided than ever. Our current challenges have theological and historical dimensions, but Christianity alone has the remedy for all of these. Come hear more about where we’ve been, where we are, and where we must go. This SNT seminar talk will be led by Boyce College's dean, Dr. Matthew J. Hall, on Sunday, November 25, 2018.
Raising Sexually-Faithful Kids — Christian parents are charged with the responsibility of raising their children “in the way they should go;” i.e. to follow God’s Word and Christ Himself. And that means talking to our children about sex, sexuality, and gender. But parents are not doing this, for a number of reasons. In this talk, we discuss practical strategies for how to open up this vitally important discussion between parents and children. This SNT talk will be led by Harvest USA's Ellen Dykas on Sunday, January 27, 2019.
Remember Death: The Surprising Path to Living Hope — Life-expectancy worldwide is twice what it was a hundred years ago. And because of modern medicine many of us don’t often see death up close. That makes it easy to live as if death is someone else’s problem. It isn’t. Ignoring the certainty of death doesn’t protect us from feeling its effects throughout the lives we’re living now. But this avoidance can hold us back from experiencing the powerful, everyday relevance of Jesus’ promises to us. So long as death remains remote and unreal, Jesus’ promises will too. But honesty about death brings hope to life. That’s the ironic claim at the heart of this talk. Cultivating death-awareness helps us bring the promises of Jesus from the hazy clouds of some other world into the everyday problems of our world, where they belong. This SNT talk will be led by Dr. Matthew McCullough, author of Remember Death: The Surprising Path to Living Hope, on Sunday, February 24, 2019.
Nurturing Family — Families, both nuclear and extended, are growing more distant. Children are growing up without meaningful attachments to their grandparents, cousins, or relatives; adult siblings are less invested in each other’s lives; and parents are captive to managing family schedules rather than nurturing relationships. Both distance and an accelerated pace of life become the justifications for lack of meaningful engagement. The tyranny of the urgent triumphs over the much needed virtue of investing relationally in one another. But Scripture has a different vision for family life. In it we see that nurturing family is imperative. Deuteronomy 11:19 does not hesitate to assert that there is an indisputable biblical basis for cultivating and establishing family relationships. This session will challenge us to reclaim the value of cultivating connection with family and what steps you can take to begin that cultivation right now. This SNT talk will be led by CCEF's Julie Lowe on Sunday, March 31, 2019.