“The Ever-Present Christ” written by Rev. Derek Jacks
The 2021 Fall quarter of the Encounter follows the works of the prophets in the life of Israel. There were times when Israel was faithful and obedient, and there were times when they were faithless to the Covenant. Through the prophets, God spoke a powerful message of redemption. We find that God was bringing about the ultimate Covenant in Jesus Christ even in the Old Testament.
The writer for this material is Rev. Derek Jacks
From the Birmingham area, Derek has been the senior pastor of HCPC since September 2009. After completing his bachelor’s in business administration at Samford University in 2006, Derek graduated from Beeson Divinity School in 2010.
Each lesson is introduced with a discussion question. Then we follow the prescribed method of study of our Confession of Faith.
The lessons model our Confession of Faith 1.07:
In order to understand God’s word spoken and through the scriptures, persons must have the illumination of God’s own Spirit. Moreover, they should study the writings of the Bible in their historical settings, compare scripture with scripture, listen to the witness of the church throughout the centuries, and share insights with others in the covenant community.
The Encounter study revolves around these principles of scriptural study:
1. Introduction to the lesson
2. Exploring the Scripture: Historical Setting
3. Digging Deeper: Comparing Scripture with Scripture
4. Learning from the Scripture: Listening to the Witness of the Church
5. Applying the Scripture: Sharing Insights in the Covenant Community
Our goal is to provide Biblical context and content for the Christian education of our churches.