2016 Midwest Region FIRE Conference
PART I - The Messiah I Never Knew: Old Testament Narratives Seeking to be Heard
While 1 Samuel describes David as "a man according to God's heart," both liberal and conservative interpreters have found cause to denigrate David's character, regarding him as a weak monarch at best, at worst a conniving tyrant who used propaganda to leave a false legacy. However, if we properly understand how 1-2 Samuel works, we will see that some of the very features that have been held up as evidence of David's weakness are those in which God's character shines forth most powerfully. This series demonstrates how the books of 1 and 2 Samuel function to present a model messiah, giving hope for the believer in every generation. It further demonstrates that Jesus is the Great Messiah precisely because he is like David.
Part II - Church Ministry After Obergefell
In June 2016 the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell et al, v. Hodges, Director, Ohio Department of Health et al legalized same-sex marriage in the United States. Though it did not directly or immediately affect the Church the future implications of this decision could be profound and pervasive. We will be looking at how this decision impacts the Church and how we should prepare.