The student will get a good grasp on church history and learn how the church’s history has shaped and molded some of the theological and doctrinal positions we hold today. Registration will remain open until the day class starts. Class will begin Friday, April 24th at 7pm and will be approximately three hours, then will resume on Saturday at 8am-noon with a lunch break until 1:30pm. The last session will begin after lunch and run until around 5pm. Lunch will be provided. The venue will be at the Christian Resource Center in Beckley.
Classes are being offered by Cornerstone Institute of Biblical Studies. CIB Studies exists to equip students with the skills necessary to accurately interpret the Word of God, to apply it in practical living and church ministry, and to teach others to do the same. In 2014, a group of West Virginia pastors and laymen from different denominations got together to start what later was called CIBS. They recognized that many West Virginians have not had the opportunity to receive a quality Biblical education because of common obstacles like time, education, money, distance, work, family, etc. So CIBS has created an educational program to overcome all these obstacles.
CIBS is committed to the authority of Scripture and to earnestly contending for the Faith once delivered. Their program is designed for all– pastors, church officers and laypersons– who want to strengthen their knowledge of God’s Word.
Contact CIBS for more information, or register today HERE.
By Nicola Menzie , Christian Post Reporter
Dr. David Jeremiah, megachurch pastor, bestselling author and popular Bible teacher, believes the End Times began in 1948, when a nation that features prominently in the Bible was re-established as a state for the first time in 2,000 years. In fact, considering "the whole scope of world history," Jeremiah would have to conclude that "yes, we are in the End Times," or Earth's last days
“I personally believe that the End Times, in the sense of Bible prophecy, probably started for us in 1948 when Israel became a nation, because many of the prophecies in the New Testament especially, could not be fulfilled until Israel was at home in her nation," Jeremiah told The Christian Post.
The Shadow Mountain Community Church senior pastor, who took over that position from another prophecy buff, Dr. Tim LaHaye, examines perhaps one of the most intriguing books of the Bible in his latest work, Agents of the Apocalypse.
In Agents of the Apocalypse: A Riveting Look at the Key Players of the End Times, Jeremiah examines the Book of Revelation through 10 distinct characters or groups, including "The Exile," "The Martyrs," "The Two Witnesses," and "The Dragon." Each chapter opens with a "a fictional element," intended to help readers fully grasp the meaning of the apocalyptic work, explained Jeremiah.
Two Christian pastors and a deacon have each been given six-year sentences by an Iranian court. A persecution watchdog group has expressed concern over the development, noting that the prisons are isolated and will force the men's families to travel great distances to see them.
"We are deeply concerned by the six-year sentences given to pastors [Benham] Irani and [Matthias] Haghnejad and deacon Silas Rabbani, and the fact that they will serve these sentences so far from their families and home towns," said Christian Solidarity Worldwide Chief Operating Officer Andy Dipper.
"We are particularly appalled by the extra six years given to pastor Irani, who has already endured ill-treatment whilst in prison and now faces nearly a decade in prison on trumped-up charges. We urge the Iranian government to release without delay every person who is imprisoned for their faith. Their incarceration contravenes international covenants guaranteeing freedom of religion or belief, to which Iran is party."
A new study from Christian Research company Barna Group reveals that unchurched Americans are the most resistant to outreach efforts by the church and friends than they've been in 20 years.
Data collected from 42,855 interviews show that 47 percent of U.S. adults who do not attend church said they were open to being invited to church by a friend – down from 65 percent in 1993.
However study results indicate that personal invitations from friends are the most effective way to draw church visitors compared to other outreaches.
“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.””