Join the men of Grace Bible Church Boise, as we read:

Charity and Its Fruits

July – September 2016
ISBN-13: 978-0851513515
We’re going to start reading this book in July 2016. You can order the book online but we can also print a spiral bound copy for you.

We have three goals in launching this effort.

  1. Read – a book that encourages our faith and pushes us towards God and His Word.
  2. Walk – use the book as a means to promote and facilitate walking beside fellow brothers in Christ, “sharpening one another”, Pro. 27:17.
  3. Run – Use the book and walking together as a means to promote individual spiritual growth in order to “run that you may obtain the prize”, 1 Cor 9:24.

In addition to these three goals we are going to offer three ways to participate.

  1. Read – the book along with other men in the church and have the opportunity to interact with one another on the material. This simply provides another avenue for men to engage and have something “spiritually in-common” with one another to talk about and connect with.
  2. Blog – interact with one another on this website. Sometimes you might like to be able to talk about something you’ve read or perhaps just share a thought, but you can’t always do that on a Sunday morning.
  3. Coffee – very informal gathering, discuss the book or just get to know one another. No expectation on being at a specific point in the book. Just another way to gather and interact. The current book could be a point of discussion, but doesn’t need to be…
    6:00am 1st & 3rd Friday of the month at
    Lucky Perk
    3327 N. Eagle Rd Meridian, ID 83642

One Comment

  1. I may share a few bits of my favorite parts from some of the chapters. Weigh in on them if you want @ readwalkrun.com/q3-2016

    “… charity is the great thing, and that everything which has not charity in some way contained or implied in it, is nothing, and that this charity is the life and soul of all religion, without which all things that wear the name of virtues are empty and vain.”
    It’s quite shocking to consider the ramifications of this passage, that a “christian” can exhibit any and every virtue, and display great understanding and truth but not have love, they are regarded as worthless. And that when stood side-by-side, faith, hope, and love, love is 1st. Surely, it doesn’t remove the need for many of these virtues as well… But, you might lack in doctrinal truth BUT have love, and your life is a more christian example of the Spirit at work than someone who has perfect doctrine but doesn’t have love.

    The other thing that strikes me from this first chapter is,

    “It is from the breathing of the same Spirit that true Christian love arises, both toward God and man. The Spirit of God is a Spirit of love, and when the former enters the soul, love also enters with it. God is love, and he that has God dwelling in him by his Spirit, will have love dwelling in him also. The nature of the Holy Spirit is love; and it is by communicating himself, in his own nature, to the saints, that their hearts are filled with divine charity.”

    So, a question I’ve asked myself regarding this, if it is true…. Can I examine my own life and try to asses my own love for God without also examining my love for men? Isn’t it inaccurate of me to try to gauge my love for God by looking at things like, how much I’m reading or learning or interested in the things of God, or theology, or study, or prayer, unless I also look at and consider how well I’m loving my bothers and my neighbors? For me this has kind-of become a litmus test, like I’ve heard, “if you want to try to gauge your level of sanctification, look at how well you treat the people within your own immediate family.” Sometimes the ones closest to us are the ones that we treat the worst and this is probably a truer indication of our hearts that how well we behaved in Bible study… Likewise, if you want to try to gauge how much you love God then you should also look at how much you love others.

    These are just some thoughts, feel free to share, tweak, correct or push back a little…

    -Gabe

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