Theology of Church Announcement Time

This past Sunday (June 11), I was reminded that Sunday morning announcement time can provide a time to teach theology and priorities.  People are more important than events and activities (priorities).  God is sovereign over all creation.

Some Sunday-specific facts to help explain this lesson and this post.

  1. This Sunday was the second Sunday of Trinity's Theology Matters summer study.  The specific lesson was "What is the Bible?"
  2. The Fighter Verses for last week and this week are James 4:13 - 14 and James 4:15 - 17.
  3. On Wednesday, I asked to switch the announcement schedule so I announce VBS and share a missionary update.
With these facts in mind, I was reminded of the truth found in the Bible, specifically James 4:13 - 17, as I prepared for and made the announcements.

Friday, I had my prepared list of announcements of Vacation Bible School, a ladies get together, a men's Bible study, and a senior luncheon.

Now get ready because the nice list of scheduled announcements changes going forward.

Later that Friday, I was reminded I needed to announce the birth of a precious baby boy, who was born healthy but two weeks early, to the surprise of the proud, blessed parents.  What a joyful blessing to this young family and to our church.

On Saturday, a long-time member of Trinity passed away.  This family, filled with servants of the Lord, has a lot of connections with the church because this woman, her husband, their adult daughters, and their son-in-laws are all part of our church family and served and serve in different ways.

Then, before the Sunday service, I was informed that another amazing servant from TBC, and a blessing to me and my family, was struggling in ICU.  

There is no way I could read a list of events and information to our church family with such a joyful birth of a baby announcement and two difficult announcements related to these godly women.  

I know the ministry events are in the Lord's hand because I am reminded of that in James 4:13-19 and the circumstances of life.  

Arrogance is telling God what is going to happen. 
We don't know when a baby will be born.
We don't know when we will get sick.
We don't know when we will die.
We don't even know if the planned events, like luncheons, wedding rehearsals, or graduation parties will go as planned.

BUT we do know that God is sovereign, and we ought to say, "If the Lord wills..."


What is the Bible?

What is the Bible? is the first question because the Bible is where we are going to for the answers to all the answers to our summer of questions.

Pastor Brett's Sermon Link:

Families, for resources to talk with your children about what the Bible is, go to tbcgrkidz.blogspot.com/2023/06/may-11.html

To help us think practically think about what Drew Ford taught this Sunday (06.11.12) here is a statement on Bible translations the pastors and Christian Education Committee have been developing.  It is designed to help people understand what Bible translations we use and why.

TBC’s doctrinal statement on the Bible states, “We believe in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired of God, and inerrant in the original writings; and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.  2 Timothy 3:16, 17.”

There are two critical phrases in this statement:

  1. “Supreme and final authority in faith and life.”
     The Bible contains what we need to know for salvation and godly living.
  2. “In the original writings”
    God inspired the authors and original writings.  However, the translations into other languages, like English, are not inspired.       

The Bible is of utmost importance.  There are many different translations. This is why we, the pastors and Christian Education Committee, want to explain why Trinity uses the translation we use.

New American Standard Bible (NASB) and English Standard Version (ESV) are formal equivalence translations.  These sometimes sacrifice readability for the sake of word-for-word accuracy.  The New International Version (NIV) is a dynamic-equivalence translation that aims to make the Bible readable by conveying idea-for-idea rendering.

During the worship service, Pastor Brett uses the NASB for preaching and recommends it for in-depth studies.  Pastor Brett prefers this translation because of its use of older manuscripts and the accurate word-for-word translation, which helps in sermon preparation and text explanation.

The children’s ministry and youth ministry often use ESV and NIV. These translations are used in many of the curriculums used.  Also, it is often easier for younger children and new believers to understand. And many prefer children and teens to use either of these translations.

Storybook Bibles are good for your family devotion time and home use, but children must become more and more familiar with the chapters and verses of the Bible. We recommend parents give their children a chapter/verse Bible towards the end of kindergarten. In the 1st through 5th-grade classes, they will be looking up verses and stories in their own Bibles.

The Bible is God's Word.  The Bible is the supreme authority that has been specially revealed to us through the inspiration of God.  Because the Bible is from God, it is inerrant and infallible.  Inerrancy means that it corresponds to reality and never affirms anything contrary to fact.  It is without error.

Why is it Vital to our Daily Lives:

  • If the Bible is what Jesus and the Biblical writers claimed it to be, and it is, then it demands our efforts to read, understand and obey it, to give the opportunity for the Holy Spirit to teach us through it and to run our lives as God has instructed in it.
  • Without the Bible, any “authority” is simply a human one and lacks congruence with reality and the consistency and accuracy of the Bible.
  • Denial of the God-breathed nature of the Word of God places humans in the judgment of God’s self-revelation – even if we “claim” to believe that the Bible is our source of authority but don’t live or act on what it says, then we are still effectively Denial.
  • Faith is easier when you understand more about God, but not believing in Someone greater than yourself is to have a very small God.
Chapters of Urban Legends of Theology by Michael Wittmer connected to this doctrine: 
The Bible Is Our Ultimate Authority (Ch.6)
A High View of Scripture Turns the Bible Int an Idol (Ch. 7)