Sunday Night Theology

 Sunday Night Theology is designed to provide extended time of Bible teaching as well as talks about current issues that should be addressed by the church of Jesus Christ. Christ Church West Chester seeks to provide excellent resources and to expert speakers here to our church as both a ministry to our members as well as an outreach to our community. All events are completely free and require no reservation.

Upcoming SNT Events

Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus – What does it look like to help other Christians become more like Christ? This talk will outline the who, what, where, why, and how of discipling—helping others follow Jesus. Following the pattern found in Scripture, it will explain how disciple-making relationship should function in the context of the local church, teaching us to how to cultivate a culture of discipling as a normal part of our everyday lives. This SNT will be taught on Sunday, January 29, 2023 at 5pm, by Dr. Mark E. Dever, Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C.

Essentials of Biblical Interpretation – What is your goal when reading the Bible? What role do prayer and the Holy Spirit play in interpreting the Bible? How should the different genres within the Bible affect your reading of them? How does all the Bible point to Christ? What does it mean to “meditate” on Scripture? How can you make your small group Bible studies more interesting and relevant to persons in attendance? In this lecture mnemonic devices will be used to help you learn and remember fundamental principles of sound interpretation. This SNT will be taught on Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 5pm, by Dr. Robert L. Plummer, Collin and Evelyn Aikman Professor of Biblical Studies and Chairman of the New Testament Department at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.

The Enduring Power and Relevance of Christian Orthodoxy — In the classroom, J.I. Packer as professor would tell his students that his goal was for them to marvel every day at the gospel—”the biggest thing that ever was!” Theological errors always try to cut God down to size. Heresies market themselves as broader, more expansive and inclusive than orthodox doctrine, but they always lead to narrow simplifications of beautiful orthodoxy. Every generation faces the temptation to drift from orthodoxy, to seek out the alluring jolt that comes with false teaching. And so every generation must be reawakened to the thrill of orthodoxy. In this session, we look at ways we can easily drift from sound doctrine, and how we can experience the astonishment that comes from stumbling afresh upon the electrifying paradoxes at the heart of the Christian faith. This SNT will be taught on Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 5pm, by Dr. Trevin Wax, Vice President of Research and Resource Development at the North American Mission Board in Alpharetta, GA.

Singleness and Relationships: How do singles build rich gospel relationships in their own church? — God’s good intention is for believers to live deeply connected to a gospel community. But we often fall far short, don’t we? The single life can be a lonely life, but it doesn’t have to be. What would it mean for singles to have loving and thoughtful relationships with other singles, married folks, children, teens and seniors? Where do we go astray in building relationships? How does God help us get back on track? This SNT will be taught on Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 5pm, by Deepak Reju, pastor of counseling and families at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

Come, All You Tired and Trying: God’s Invitation to the Over-Responsible — What does it look like to live responsibly as a Christian? Although God has given us clear commands in scripture for answering this question, it can still be hard to discern the line between faithful service and “over-responsibility”. Over-responsibility involves laboring under unrelenting pressure to do more with a nagging sense that we can never do enough. This may lead to a host of attending consequences including anxiety, burnout, or resentment toward others, including God. Thankfully much of scripture is actually devoted to helping us uncover and address this unsustainable disposition and teaching us instead to live as needy children, those who find relief and resilience in Jesus’ call to be His stewards. This SNT will be taught on Sunday, May 28, 2023 at 5pm, by Laura C. Andrews, biblical counselor in Huntingdon Valley, PA. 

Post-Roe, What Now?: Supporting Life as a Local Church — While the Supreme Court’s recent reversal of Roe v. Wade provided an immense step forward in protecting the rights of the unborn in America, Christians must recognize that the work of the pro-life movement is far from over. How can we engage thoughtfully with our friends and neighbors, many of whom lament the Dobbs decision? What can local churches do to care for vulnerable and abortion-minded women in our communities? How can we as Christians advocate the beauty of the biblical ethic and provide better answers and solutions than simply “Stop it; that’s wrong”? In what ways can we as Protestants join with Catholics in this cause, and what does that responsibility look like for local churches? This SNT will be taught on June 25, 2023, at 5 pm, by Joseph Stigora, Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, PA.

The Whole Gospel: Reading the Bible in Light of the Entire Work of Christ — Evangelicals place huge emphasis on the Penal Substitutionary Atonement of Christ on the cross, and rightly so. That truth lies at the heart of the good news of the gospel. But though God’s grand plan of redemption climaxes at the cross, it’s not the whole story. Instead, we must consider the multifaceted nature of the whole gospel story as we seek to apply all of God’s Word to our lives. This SNT will be taught on July 30, 2023, at 5 pm, by Dr. Raymond Johnson, Senior Pastor at Christ Church West Chester in West Chester, PA.

Church-Centered Missiology: How our Ecclesiology Should Shape our Missiology — How should we read the book of Acts and how should our understanding of the book of Acts and the rest of the New Testament inform how we gather together as local churches? How should our beliefs about the local church inform our convictions regarding global missions strategy? This SNT talk will open with a brief overview of missions history over the last 230 years before connecting the dots between hermeneutics, ecclesiology, and missiology. This SNT will be taught on August 27, 2023, at 5 pm, by Ryan Robertson, President of Reaching & Teaching International Ministries in Louisville, KY.

The Company We Keep: In Search of Biblical Friendship — It’s hard not to read an article or blog post today in Christian or secular circles that does not mention or allude to our current epidemic of loneliness. The causes and effects of loneliness are discussed at length, and as a result, what is noted as the solution is friendship. Unfortunately, our culture’s understanding of friendship, falls fall short of the wonderful and glorious vision of biblical friendship that Scripture gives testimony, too. How do we assess the current landscape of friendship and re-orient ourselves to the biblical story of friendship that is offered to us in Scripture? This SNT will be taught on Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 5pm, by Jonathan Holmes, pastor of counseling at Parkside Church in Cleveland, OH.

Bavinck’s Christian Worldview and Christianity and Science — In 1904, Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck published two texts that sought to establish the importance of a Christian worldview for the modern world: Christian Worldview and Christianity and Science. This lecture will explore the relationship between the two works and the ways in which Bavinck described the process of developing a worldview, and how this worldview ought to impact Christian engagement in the various fields of the university. This SNT will be taught on Sunday, October 29, 2023 at 5pm, by Dr. N. Gray Sutanto, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Washington D.C.

What Is Jesus Doing Now? Recovering the Neglected Doctrine of Christ’s Ascension — The good news of Jesus includes his life, death, resurrection, and future return—but what about his ascension? Though often neglected or misunderstood, the ascension is integral to the gospel. This talk will argue that Jesus’ work would be incomplete without his ascent to God’s right hand. Not only a key moment in the gospel story, Jesus’ ascension was necessary for his present ministry in and through the church. Additionally, Jesus’ residence in heaven marks a turning point in his three-fold offices of prophet, priest, and king. As prophet, Jesus builds the church and its witness. As priest, he intercedes before the Father. As king, he rules over all. A full appreciation of the ascension is essential for understanding the Bible, Christian doctrine, and Christ’s ongoing work in the world. This SNT will be taught on Sunday, November 26, 2023, by Dr. Patrick Schreiner, Acting Director of the Residency PhD program and Associate Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO.

Jonathan Holmes - September 24, 2023

The Company We Keep: In Search of Biblical Friendship

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