Monthly Archives: December 2014

A Fresh Look At Christianity…From The Beginning

Our online and in classroom study, “Christianity…In The Beginning” starts Thursday. We will be reading and discussing the New Testament.

This is not about church differences or who is right about current issues.  Its about discovering the story of Jesus from the beginning, looking for new insights into what really happened and who He really was.  I hope that this will be an enlightening and life changing experience for all of us.

Our theme at Lakeshore this year is  “be doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22). That is a reminder that Bible study is not just the pursuit intellectual knowledge but as we discover truth we should accept it and apply it to our lives.

We invite everyone to join us and make this a better study by adding your thoughts, comments, and questions.  Use the Subscribe to sign up.  Use the Like button below to invite your friends.

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3 Ways To Join Christianity…In The Beginning


Anyone can follow along online: Each day there will be a short (10-30 verses) reading from the New Testament. There will also be a question or two to respond to, or feel free to ask any question and make comments.

You can subscribe to receive the daily emails by using the link to the right, or by following us on twitter (@lakeshorechurch). Or simply bookmark the webpage and visit it everyday.


If you are in the Jacksonville area you are invited to join our classes on Wednesdays.: Each Wednesday (starting January 7) we will review the previous week’s readings. There are two meetings to choose from: 10 am and 7 pm. The daily online readings will serve as the “text book” for the classes. Note: There will be no classes for children at 10 am, but there are classes for all ages at 7.

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Old vs New Testament Reading

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

This time of year many people think about committing to a “read through the Bible” program. This is a great thing to do!

The entire Bible, Genesis through Revelation, is God’s word and all 66 books help us understand our relationship with God.

It must be admitted however that the New Testament is in some ways the most precious and urgent. In the New we read about Jesus life, death and resurrection, and the fulfillment of God’s plan for man’s salvation.  Mark’s gospel begins… “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ… (Mark 1:1). The word gospel means the good news and Mark says the good news begins (in one sense at least) with the story of Jesus.   The New is where we find “the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8).

“Christianity…In The Beginning” is an online / in-classroom study of the New Testament. It is more than just reading the New Testament. In addition to short, daily readings, everyday there will be a question or two to answer and the opportunity to ask a question and share ideas. Every Wednesday (10 am and 7 pm) there will be a review session at the Lakeshore church of Christ. Everyone is invited and either opportunity would be a great way to introduce a friend to Christianity!

The new class starts January 1. Join us online by visiting this page, following us on Twitter (@lakeshorechurch), or sign up for the daily updates using the “subscribe” link.  If you are in the Jacksonville area please join us on Wednesdays at 1796 Old Middleburg Road North.

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Exciting, Challenging, and A Little Scary

Our new study, “Christianity…In The Beginning”, starts January 1.

It is exciting to start fresh, from the beginning. It is also challenging to study without filtering everything through our preconceived ideas and beliefs. It is a little scary to not know what we might discover and where faith may lead us in life.

We are aiming for the fresh approach in our study. We are asking God to open our eyes and help us better understand why God sent His Son, the life Jesus lived, what Christianity was really like “in the beginning”.

Everyone is invited to join us on this journey in 2015. Click on the subscribe link to the right to receive the daily updates in your email. Like us on Facebook to invite your friends!

Question: (a) Exciting, (b) Challenging, or (c) A Little Scary? Which describes how you feel as you enter into a fresh study of “Christianity… From The Beginning”,  and why do you feel that way?


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Why Join “Christianity…In The Beginning”?

Our new class which begins January 1 is a survey of the New Testament.  The New Testament is the inspired, historical record of the beginning of Christianity, starting with the wonderful Life of Jesus.

With all due respect to CNN, TMZ, and ESPN…there is no more valuable information than the gospel! The Apostle Paul described it as “the unsearchable riches of Christ”! (Ephesians 3:8)

The class commitment involved is is a minimum of less that 5 minutes a day. 5 minutes a day to gain a knowledge of who God is, how much He loves us, and to know what He expects us to do with our lives!

Starting January 1 we will read this story and share our thoughts with one another through comments and questions. We invite everyone to join us on this journey!

Question: The Apostle Paul described the gospel as “unsearchable riches”!  (Ephesians 3:8). Meditate on that phrase.  Why is it an appropriate, accurate description?

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“Christianity…In The Beginning” starts January 1

Christianity…In The Beginning is a chronological journey through the New Testament.

Here is how it works: We will read a few verses out of the New Testament everyday.  The readings will be posted daily at You can also sign up to have the daily reading sent to your email (use the subscribe link to the right), or you can get the daily updates by following us on twitter (@lakeshorechurch). A short summary and question or two will challenge us to do the reading and share our thoughts about that days text.  We also encourage everyone to share their ideas!

Additionally, each Wednesday in our mid-week Bible study at the church we will review the previous week’s readings and discussions. This review will be offered at both 10 am and 7 pm starting January 7.

The New Testament is the inspired, historical record of the beginning of Christianity. There is no greater knowledge than the message it contains!  You are invited to join us starting January 1!


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Something New For 2015!

We are starting something new for 2015 – it is a “online” and “in classroom” study of the New Testament entitled  “Christianity…In The Beginning”.

Our goal is for as many people as possible to gain a thorough knowledge of the New Testament. The New Testament is the historical record of the beginning of Christianity, but its much, much more than history –  it is the inspired by God revelation of the gospel of Jesus Christ – the message that gives us hope and makes us wise for salvation!

If you’ve not subscribed and want to join in please do so!  If you want to unsubscribe you have that option as well but we hope you will stick around!

More to come as we get closer to January 1.



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Sunday Recap: Suffering is for “A Little While”

We finished our class on 1 Peter,  “We’ve Lost The Culture War, Are We Now Ready To Suffer”, by looking at the last paragraph.  It tells us to be sober and watchful because the devil is looking to destroy us (5:8). We are to “resist him, steadfast in the faith” (5:9).  Then verse 10 gives us a wonderful promise: After we “have suffered a while” God will, “perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle” us.

A point of emphasis in our class was that resisting temptation is a form of suffering.  This is true whether we are talking about giving in to sin or giving up on God because of discouragement or threat of persecution.  Resisting temptation means denying the desires of the flesh (whether indulgence or preservation).  But also we noted the text encourages us by telling us this suffering is for “a little while”.

A similar idea was seen in 1 Peter 1:6 –  “for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials”. Suffering is “for a little while”.

Question: What does “for a little while” mean to you? How does this phrase encourage you?

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