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
Islam and North America: Loving Our Muslim Neighbors — One of the challenges to loving others is the discomfort caused by change, even imperceptible change. The growth in Muslim population in North America is no longer imperceptible. It is unsettling for many people, including Christians. Fear can’t control us, because it will keep us from the explicit commands of Jesus to make disciples among the nations and might cause us to miss an opportunity to be on mission in a new places, our own communities. To be like Jesus means that we have to love those who are opposed to us or, at a minimum, who profoundly disagree with us. Loving well often requires us to learn and grow. The talk is an attempt to help the church to see the Great Commission opportunities in their neighborhoods and equip us to love our Muslim neighbors by engaging them in gospel conversations. This SNT will be taught on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 5pm, by Dr. Keith Whitfield, Associate Professor of Theology and Provost at Southeastern Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.
He Descended to the Dead: An Evangelical Theology of Holy Saturday — The descent of Jesus Christ to the dead has been a fundamental tenet of the Christian faith, as indicated by its inclusion in both the Apostles’ and Athanasian Creeds. Falling between Christ’s death on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday, this affirmation has been a cause for Christian worship and reflection on Holy Saturday through the centuries. At the same time, the descent has been the subject of suspicion and scrutiny, perhaps especially from evangelicals, some of whom do not find support for it within Scripture and have even called for it to be excised from the creeds. Led by the mystery and wonder of Holy Saturday, this seminar will encourage those who profess faith in Christ to consider the whole work of our Savior by giving special attention to biblical, historical, theological, and practical implications of the descent. This SNT will be taught on Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 5pm, by Dr. Matt Emerson, dean of Theology, Art, and Humanities at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, OK.
Mental Health and the Local Church: Answering Four Important Questions — How do we think about treating mental health and mental illness as Christians? This is a crucial question for us to answer, as statistics suggest that one in four people suffer from some kind of mental illness. Our answer relies on how we understand human nature as believers. Laying solid foundational perspectives on human nature will help us to separate the signal from the noise in the world around us. In this presentation we will lay a basic foundation for our understanding of how to care for those with mental health challenges by answering four foundational questions: “How is reality structured?, What does it mean to be human?, What is biblical flourishing?, and “What’s the difference between Christians and non-Christians?” This SNT will be taught on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 5pm, by Dr. Todd Stryd, faculty member and Counseling Coordinator at CCEF in Glenside, PA.
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 by Deepak Reju, pastor of counseling and families at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, on Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 5pm
8 Women of Faith: The Stories of Eight Remarkable Women and Their Vital Contributions to Church History — Sir Stephen James, writing of Richard Baxter, said, “Men of his size are not to be drawn in miniature.” This is doubly true of women in history and, in the Evangelical world, it seems that we are only starting to turn the corner on giving Christian women throughout Church history their due. This seminar will make a modest, yet valuable, contribution as it introduces us to some remarkable human beings we may hardly know, or perhaps don’t know at all. Eight trailblazers who help us understand where we are in the story of Evangelicalism and, for that matter, western civilization. Women, crucial to the growth and flourishing of the church, who lived out their unique callings despite challenges and opposition―inspiring modern men and women to imitate their godly examples today. This SNT will be taught on Sunday, May 29, 2022 at 5pm, by Dr. Michael Haykin, professor of church history and biblical spirituality; director, The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.
The Christian Life as Spiritual Warfare — Did you know that the fallen world in which we live is characterized by spiritual opposition? Did you know that every New Testament writer addresses the matter of spiritual warfare? Our Lord Jesus prayed for His disciples not that they would be taken out of the world but that they would be kept from the evil one. Often, that is if we account for it at all, we relegate spiritual warfare to unusual and episodic conflict. But it is something that is part of the biblical worldview and ordinary to our lives as disciples of Jesus Christ, something for which the Spirit equips us in His Word. This SNT seminar will explore the nature of spiritual warfare and how we are to stand firm in Christ against the schemes of our enemy the devil. This SNT will be taught on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 5pm, by Dr. Stan Gale, servant of Christ and congregation as a pastor for thirty years. He has authored books on prayer, spiritual warfare, the Christian life, evangelism, and biblical worldview.
Becoming A Church That Cares Well For The Abused — Statistics show that about 25% of women in any given church have experienced abuse at some point in their lives, and about 12.5% of women are actively experiencing some sort of abuse. This is not a problem “out there,” but occurs even within the walls of the local church. God calls His people in Isaiah 1:17 to “seek justice” and “correct oppression” in the world. So this is not just a problem to be solved “out there,” but one to be addressed within the walls of the local church. What can we, as the body of Christ, do to care well for those who have experienced abuse and put an end to the actions of those who are perpetrating it? This SNT will be taught on Sunday, July 31, 2022, at 5 pm, by Diane Langberg Ph.D., an author and world-renowned expert with 49 years of clinical work with trauma victims who directs her own counseling practice in Jenkintown, PA.
The Courage to Stand: Facing Your Fear without Losing Your Soul — We live in a fearful and confusing time. Some are anxious and withdrawn, seeking to escape the notice of whatever scares them. Others mask their fear with fighting and quarrelsomeness. The root of all of this fear is the fear that we might lose our belonging in whatever tribe in which we seek safety, the fear that we might have to stand alone. The crisis we face is not a crisis of clarity but a crisis of courage. Our problem is not so much a lack of knowledge as a lack of nerve. And yet, Jesus told us that we are to stand with courage. That doesn’t mean that we will be fearless, but that we will know how to face our fear and keep walking toward the voice that calls us homeward. Gospel courage is nothing like the bravado of this anxious age. The call to courage is terrifying because the call to courage is a call to be crucified. Dr. Moore will call hearers to a Christ-empowered courage by pointing the way to real freedom from fear—the way of the cross. That way means integrity through brokenness, community through loneliness, power through weakness, and a future through irrelevance. On the other side of fear is freedom: the freedom to stand. This SNT will be taught on Sunday, August 28, 2022 at 5pm, by Dr. Russell Moore, Public Theologian at Christianity Today and Director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project.
Shellfish, Lamb’s Blood, and the American Government: How Do Christians Relate to the Law? — The Law handed down to Moses at Mount Sinai served as the foundational document for the identity and practice of God’s people. As a reflection of the perfect holiness of God, it set the standard for all of life as part of his covenant community. But if you survey modern Christians, you would find an entire spectrum of beliefs regarding how we understand and submit to the rules, regulations, and practices set forth in the Law. Is it totally binding in all of its statutes? Can we disregard it as an outdated relic of a bygone era? This talk will demonstrate how a proper understanding of the Biblical Covenants helps us understand and relate to the Old Testament Law in a way that recognizes it as the holy, inerrant Word of God while also living in the freedom purchased for us at the cross of Jesus Christ. This SNT will be taught on Sunday, September 25, 2022 at 5pm, by Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III, Chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS.
The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self — Modern culture is obsessed with identity. Since the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision in 2015, sexual identity has dominated both public discourse and cultural trends—yet no historical phenomenon is its own cause. From Augustine to Marx, various views and perspectives have contributed to the modern understanding of the self. In this talk, Dr. Trueman will analyze the development of the sexual revolution as a symptom—rather than the cause—of the human search for identity. He will survey the past, bring clarity to the present, and give guidance for the future as Christians navigate the culture in humanity’s ever-changing quest for identity. This SNT will be taught on Sunday, October 30, 2022 at 5pm, by Dr. Carl Trueman, Professor of Biblical & Religious Studies at Grove City College in Grove City, PA.
Four Gospels, but One Gospel? Understanding the Fourfold Gospel Witness — It doesn’t take long reading the different accounts of Jesus’ life to figure out that they all tell the story somewhat differently. How can we still hold that all four of them are the inerrant, inspired Word of God when they can’t agree on some of the details? How many times did Jesus visit Jerusalem? In what order did Jesus’ temptations occur? What on earth is going on with John compared to everyone else? Rather than posing an interpretive problem, we can approach these questions with confidence, knowing that our God has given us all we need to read the Bible well, know Jesus, and follow Him in faith. This SNT will be taught on Sunday, November 27, 2022 at 5pm, by Dr. Raymond Johnson, Senior Pastor of Christ Church West Chester in West Chester, PA and author of I See Dead People: The Function of the Resurrection of the Saints in Matthew 27:51-54.