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:
Every Christian Sings: Putting the Congregation into Congregational Singing — The most important aspect of a church's singing isn't the musical style, song choice, or type of instruments used. It's who is doing the singing: the redeemed, gathered congregation. This talk will explore a theology of corporate singing, highlighting how worship through song is a subset of the ministry of the Word. The New Testament calls every believer to minister to the body through participating in singing. With that in mind, we will discuss practical suggestions for how all Christians can grow in using the wonderful gift of song to build others up in Christ. This SNT talk will be led by Capitol Hill Baptist Church’s Matt Merker on Sunday, January 28, 2018.
God the Homemaker: Creation Theology in Genesis 1-11 — Genesis 1-11 is the first of many creation-themed texts in the Bible. As the first, it sets the tone for all the rest, and subsequent passages build on this strong foundation. Beginning with its breathtaking, 35-verse opening summary, Genesis 1-11 establishes the nature, character, and work of God and his sub-regents, human beings. Prophets, historians, psalmists, wisdom writers, Gospels writers, and apostles take up these ideas, applying them to their respective audiences’ home situations.
Over the past two centuries, much of the discussion of Genesis 1-11 has revolved around the passage’s scientific accuracy. Debates about the length of creation, earth’s age, the truth or fiction of evolutionist claims, and environmental concerns have been common. These discussions are typically abstract and universal, rather than concrete and local. While important, these debates have often left the biblical text far behind.
Genesis 1-11 presents the only true and living God as the ultimate loving, fatherly homemaker. He prepares a home for humanity that includes teeming life, and places them in it. He gives humanity good work in a good place. He protects their dignity, and forgives their sins. He disciplines, and he starts fresh with them. God is very domestic. Plants, animals, and people exist in homes within and with creation, in what we know as the universe.
Ultimately, the church is God’s household (1 Tim. 3:15). Marriage reflects Christ’s relationship with believers (Eph. 5:15-6:9). Nature teaches resurrection (1Cor. 15:12-58). Christians often talk of transforming “culture.” Culture begins in homes. It is local and familial long before it is regional, national, or international. Tellingly, when God faces a world-wide sin problem Genesis 1-11 describes, he begins with a couple, Abraham and Sarah, and when Christ comes in the flesh, it is as a member of Joseph and Mary’s home. We do well, then, to recapture a sense of creation as the home God provides, the church as God’s household, and culture the result of doing the redemptive work our father gives us to do in our homes, churches, places, and world—in that expanding order. This SNT talk will be led by Beeson Divinity School's Dr. Paul House on Sunday, February 25, 2018.
Understanding Transgenderism — Sexual behavior outside of God’s design is now moving into sexual identity outside of the categories of male and female. With sexuality changing at such a rapid pace in our post-Christian culture, how do we make sense of this controversial issue? This SNT talk will be led by Harvest USA's Tim Geiger on Sunday, March 25, 2018.
What makes us human? Lessons from Genetics and Genesis — This talk will cover five main ideas: (1) Science and faith are co-laborers in the pursuit of truth; (2) Defining humans with biology alone has proven challenging; (3) Genetics reveals an intimate biological connection between humans and other species; (4) Genesis does not refute Genetics but rather reveals an intimate functional separation between humans and other species; and (5) Concluding remarks on how to approach the science & faith discussion. This SNT talk will be led by Cornell University's Dr. Praveen Sethupathy on Sunday, April 8, 2018.
What Church History Can Teach Us About Science and Faith — Few issues are more vexing in the church today than challenges to the Christian view of creation from modern science. Does Genesis 1 square with what science suggests about the age of the universe? Are the Adam and Eve of Genesis 2-3 historical figures? Are they the first human beings, and the progenitors of all modern human beings? How should Christian respond to claims from scientific claims with discernment, humility, graciousness, and faithfulness to the gospel?
Church history is not the first place people tend to look for help in these areas. Yet we are not the first ones to struggle with these issues, and we can learn from the labors of our forebearers in the faith. In this SNT talk, we will explore what we can learn from church history on science-faith issues, particularly from the writings of one of the most influential theologians of the early church, St. Augustine. St. Augustine will help us think about the doctrine of creation in a broader context, approach it with humility, and understand it in light of Scripture. This SNT talk will be led by the a research fellow from the Carl F.H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Dr. Gavin Ortlund, on Sunday, April 29, 2018.