Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and sunbrellas as we transition outside for one Sunday. We are excited for an opportunity to periodically experience the freedom of gathering to hear God's Word outdoors in His creation. Parking attendants will guide you to the back of our building and into parking spaces. KidCheck check-in stations will be available outdoors.
The nursery will be available all morning. Please enter through the designated doors at the back of the church. Sunday School students will be dismissed from the hill and escorted by adults to their appropriate classrooms inside the building. You may pick up your students in their normal classrooms at the conclusion of the service.
Please note that there will not be tents this time, however there will be chairs set up on the level pavement. For those who are immune compromised or concerned about allergies, the livestream can be viewed in Fellowship Hall.
Marriage Matters Course Begins October 5
Marriage is a beautiful gift granted to humanity from God. Its purposes are meant for the flourishing of the individual, the family and mankind. Yet, we find that among the many changes and complications in our culture, marriage is increasingly under assault. Intentionality, wisdom, and trust in the Lord’s transforming work are increasingly required for our marriages to thrive.
Couples are invited to join Eric and Jan Bobbitt for a 6-week class, Marriage Matters, to uncover God’s design and hopes for our marriages. Our aim is to acknowledge the unavoidable challenges while seeking the joy and intimacy God has in mind for us as couples. Taking a realistic, encouraging, and practical approach, the class will include instruction, small group discussions, and a short reading or exercise to be completed during the week.
This class is for anyone wishing to deepen the enjoyment and fruitfulness of their marriage. This small, but focused, investment could reap substantial benefits for your relationship. We will meet at ZF for 6 Wednesday nights beginning October 5, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM, Binders and materials will be distributed at the first class. Childcare will not be offered for this course. There is no cost to attend.
Everyone is encouraged to come together for our upcoming Family Gathering and dinner on Sunday, October 2, at 4:30pm in Fellowship Hall.
These gatherings are important moments in our life as a church. We come together for a Family Gathering a couple times each year and hope for everyone who is a part of ZF to be there. They provide occasions for us to do three things together: hear, share, and pray.
We hear updates from leaders and members of our church. This is an important time for our elders and others to share our vision and what is coming up in the life of our church.
We share how God has been working in our lives. We want to hear from you about how God is working in and through you so that we can together give him thanks.
We pray for God to do what only he can do through us. We want to depend on God to do above and beyond what we could ask or think in the coming days.
Pitch-In Meal Information
ZF will provide herbed seared chicken thighs, desserts & drinks. Church family are asked to bring the following (10-12 servings):
Last names beginning with A-F (mac & cheese | cheesy potatoes or other starchy side dish)
Last names beginning with G-P (side dish)
Last names beginning with Q-Z (salad)
You can register for childcare for infants to 5 years old for the meeting portion of the gathering, 5:15 - 6:00 PM. Children 5 and older are invited to sit with parents during the meeting.
New Crossway Article by Drew Hunter
Anyone who starts engaging with the Bible will eventually come up against questions like these: What do OT commands have to do with Christians? Should we obey the Old Testament just like the Israelites did? Can we “unhitch” ourselves from it altogether, as one pastor recently suggested?
One of the most important sentences in the Bible for understanding the Bible is Matthew 5:17: Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” But what does he mean?
Here’s a recent article I wrote for Crossway that answers this question.
What Does Matthew 5:17 Mean?
Jesus summarized his relationship to the Old Testament with this surprising statement in the Sermon on the Mount: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” (Matt. 5:17). If we understand what Jesus means here, it will shine clarifying light on other important questions: What do the Old Testament commands have to do with New Testament Christians? Should Christians seek to obey the Old Testament just like the Israelites? Can we “unhitch” ourselves from it altogether?
We can rule out one interpretation right away: Jesus is not abolishing the Law and the Prophets—he says as much explicitly. But, on the other hand, he apparently didn’t come to simply keep, restate, or reestablish them either. The word he used signals something more radical and profound: He came to “fulfill” them.