“Abundant Life In Christ ” written by Rev. Kip Rush
The Winter Quarter of the Encounter begins with Ezekiel’s vision of dry bones coming alive again through God’s power. Through the rest of the Quarter, we read about God’s Messiah, Jesus Christ, coming to bring abundant life to all God’s children. Jesus’s teachings and healing miracles point us to the reality that eternal and abundant life is not something that happens in the future, but something we can experience now when we become children of God in Jesus Christ.
The writer for this material is Rev. Kip Rush
Rev. Kip J. Rush, the pastor of Brenthaven Church, has been a life-long Cumberland Presbyterian. Raised in Austin, Texas, he grew up in the St. Paul Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He is a 1986 graduate of Bethel College (now Bethel University). While at Bethel, he met and married his wife, Jodi. He is a 1990 graduate of Memphis Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1990. Kip serves on the Board of Christian Education in Nashville Presbytery,
the Board of Trustees for Memphis Theological Seminary and the board of UKirk Nashville, a Presbyterian college ministry serving Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities.
Kip and Jodi have two daughters, Madison, who is a teacher, and Devin, who works for a
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.