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Welcome to Harvesters 45+ which meets every Sunday at 9:00 AM in the Ministry Center below the Chapel

 

Singles or couples will enjoy the opportunities for fellowship and Bible study that this community provides. If you are looking to grow in your faith and to develop friendships with people in the same stage of life, Harvesters is the community for you! Harvesters is not your father's Sunday school!


New Teaching Series: February 11 - March 18, 2018

Series Title: The Power of Words: Talking and Listening

Teacher: John Musselman
(Previous weeks are available at https://www.perimeter.org/harvesterspodcast)

Length of Series: 6 weeks

Location: Perimeter Church, Ministry Center under the Chapel

When: Sunday mornings

Time: 9:00 – 10:15 AM

 

When God created Adam and Eve in His image, the imago Dei (the image of God), the idea was, according to theologian Louis Berkhof, that "God was the original of which man was made a copy. This means, of course, that man not only bears the image of God, but is His very image." While various schools of thought have sought to conclusively define what the divine image in man is, Carl F.H. Henry cautioned that "the Bible does not define for us the precise content of the original imago." It is clear, however, that created man was “constituted a personal being in self-conscious spiritual fellowship with his Maker." Henry also notes that Adam's "created dignity consisted in knowledgeable and responsible relationships to the supernatural world and to fellow humans (emphasis added)." Man, therefore, as the apex of creation, has been designed to know and communicate with God and with other image-bearers as well.

 

In her book, Peoplemaking, noted scholar, therapist, and author, Virginia Satir (1916-1988) invited us to look through her eyes: "I see communication as a huge umbrella that covers and affects all that goes on between human beings. Once a human being has arrived on this earth, communication is the largest single factor determining what kinds of relationships he makes with others and what happens to him in the world about him." Nowhere is this truth more obvious than in the pages of the Bible. The self-revealing God used words by which to communicate with us and has given specific commands, precepts, and laws regulating how we use our tongue (words) and our ears (listening). James told his readers that "no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father; and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness (image) of God" (James 3:8-9).

 

As we will see in this series, the words we speak are complex, meaningful sounds that originate in the heart, proceed to our tongues, leap into listening ears, and produce powerful effects in the hearts of those who hear. Words have power; they can build up or tear down. Then, on the other end of the communication spectrum are those who are not engaging in active listening. Author Paul Swets maintains that "the great majority of people suffer the loneliness of not being able to share their true inner selves with persons who will hear them out and take time to understand." "Why do so few people listen?", he asks.

 

In this brief study, our purpose is to learn to honor God in the various ways we talk and listen, to forgive the hurts we received from the words and indifference of others, to learn how to be open to others and trust again, to learn how to appropriately know the heart of another person, and to take the risk of looking inside ourselves to address the internal issues which have remained hidden from everyone around us - including those closest to us. 


HARVESTERS LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE

Christi Ambuehl
Tom Van Camp
Kathy Bogardus
Marty Cuellar
Larry Hanlon
Mary Lou Heaner
Archie Ni
Frits ten Pas
Brenda Johnson
Betty Sellers

Contact Us

For more information, email Diana Corday.