The Table’s 7th Birthday Party, June 25, 11a-2p Fairhaven Park

We’re turning 7! Come celebrate with us!

Join The Table this Sunday, June 25 from 11a-2p at Fairhaven Park (107 Chuckanut Dr.). Bring a dish to share. We’ll be in the pavilion by the play ground. We’ll eat, play, hang out, and briefly recap our short history and share vision of the the future. Invite a friend; everyone is welcome to come celebrate w/ us!

Birthday Reflections

As The Table is preparing to celebrate its 7th birthday this weekend, I am reflecting on the past. Below is a excerpt from my blog after The Table held its first worship gathering.

Last night was our first worship gathering as a church plant. It was awesome! We all showed up at our home at 5:30pm and ate a meal together for about 45 minutes. Then the kids left and did their own Bible lesson and activities, while we sang sangs, prayed, had a discussion on Mark 1 (I lead the discussion while sitting on my hamper…funny), and then took communion together. Then the kids came back and we hung out and ate dessert. It was so encouraging to see so many people in my small apartment. It was so much fun to see our small community come together and worship and party together. I look forward to seeing what God will do in the future.

This coming Sunday, June 25th, The Table will celebrate its 7th birthday! Join us at Fairhaven Park from 11a-2p to celebrate all that God had done through The Table over the years and what He will continue to do.

Table Blessing – Saturday, June 17, 10am-Noon

This Saturday, The Table is joining neighbors and teachers to bless the Family Partnership Program at Larrabee School (1409 18th St). Bring a pair of gloves and any yard tools you have and we will together: get weeds and invasive morning glory/bind weed under control, thinning a bed of bulbs, sweep pea gravel, and more. We will go from 10am-noon. Invite a friend and join us!

 

2 Peter 3 & Hope

2 Peter is a letter of encouragement. In the 1st chapter of 2 Peter, readers are encouraged to know that they share in Christ’s divine nature (1:3, 4). We are not divine, but because of the work of Jesus our identity is now placed in Him. In 2 Peter 2, the author give warnings against false teachings that deny the Lordship of Jesus. In the midst of these warnings, we are giving the encouragement that even in the midst of brokenness, God preserves the faithful. Chapter 3 of 2 Peter builds off of these truths and encourages readers to guard the hope they have in Jesus.

Read 2 Peter 3

Things can be discouraging at time. Folks say “Where is God?” or “If God is there, why doesn’t He do something?” The author of 2 Peter addresses this by saying that God may seem slow to us, but in reality is being patient, because He desires people to come to Him and is allowing time (v. 8-10). But the day will come when accounts will be settled, and as we wait for that day it is our task to guard our hope in Jesus, seek Him, and live in peace (vs. 11-13).

As people who desire rightness, we have hope because we know the One who will make things right. My prayer is that God would reveal His presence to you, that you would guard hope, live at peace, and seek Him.

Table Worship at the Walters’, Sunday, June 11 at 4:30pm

Join The Table this Sunday for a worship gathering at the Walters’ (2716 Douglas Ave.). We’ll gather at 4:30pm for a shared meal. We will conclude our Easter season study on the Resurrection and what that means for us today. If Jesus said He came not just to give life, but abundant life, what does that abundance mean? We’ll be looking at 2 Peter 3, if you want to read ahead.

Invite a friend; everyone is welcome!

3 Week Book Study on Jude

Tonight we are beginning our study of Jude starting next week. We’ll do 3 Mondays in a row for the study (June 5, 12, & 19), starting each week at 6pm at Aaron’s house (2716 Douglas Ave.). Week 1 we’ll do a quick overview and look at the historical context. Week 2 will focus on theological themes, and week 3 will focus on the implications/applications for us. My hope in this study is that we will also develop a framework for studying scripture in general, while gaining insights into what God has for us through this letter.

Contact us if you are interested or have questions. Feel free to invite a friend; everyone is welcome!

June 3/4 Hospitality Weekend – No Gathering

This weekend is our monthly Hospitality weekend. We are a church on mission, and so we intentionally schedule time for our folks to spend time w/ neighbors and friends – doing what they’re doing, inviting them over, and/or serving w/ them. May you be blessed as you reach out this weekend.

Our next gathering will be worship on June 11 at the Walters’.

Discouragement & 2 Peter 2

Discouragement is something we all can slip into, regardless of the situation. As believers, we trust in the hope and promises of Jesus. We sing and pray and live according to our faith of Christ, but as we look around, we are confronted w/ loss, broken relationships, health challenges, and a scary culture. We carry the promises of Jesus in our hearts, while we hold the brokenness of the world in our hands. And if we are honest w/ ourselves, its discouraging at times. If the good news is so good, then why are things such a mess? I would venture to say the readers of 2 Peter were a lot like us.

2 Peter is a letter written about 60 AD to a group of believers. This is likely the same group as addressed in 1 Peter. The problem facing the readers in 1 Peter was persecution. In 2 Peter, however, the author is confronting heresy. One suggestion of the heresy combated in this letter was an early form of Gnosticism. Gnostics denied humanity of Jesus, His bodily resurrection, and His future coming. They saw the physical realm as purely evil, and therefore concluded that God would never take physical form. And so many of them believed that bodily sins did not matter.

So w/ this context in mind, you can begin to see that this letter was designed to warn its readers against false teachers in the church who were blending an early form of Gnosticism w/ Christian thought. The author therefore emphasized the true knowledge of Christ, and desired the readers to focus and remember the true teachings of their prophets and Savior, while they looked forward to the Lords return.

Read 2 Peter 2, and see if your notice these themes.

As Peter discusses the realities of Christ followers surrounded by false teachings and brokenness, he says this in 2 Peter 2:9, “… the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials…” In the face of brokenness and discouragement, this phrase would have been encouraging. They held and professed the truth of the faith. They leaned on the promises of Jesus. And yet, teachers came into their midst that said that the convictions they held were not true – that Jesus did not come in flesh, that his sacrifice was not real, and that the hope of His return was ill placed. If these believers were like us, they would have looked at this teaching in light of the brokenness of the world and been discouraged. In light of that, these readers would have been encouraged to remember how God is a God of justice, and corrects falsehood. They would have been encouraged to have this falsehood named and identified clearly. It would have been good news to know again that God rescues His people even in the midst of falsehood.

This good news is our good news too, that God is faithful to preserve His people, even when they are surrounded by brokenness and falsehood. The truth is that we get discouraged. We look around us and wonder how the promises of faith affect our lives in a broken world? We ask: If the good news is so good, then why is everything a mess? We are ultimately asking why God is not visible, and brokenness is obvious.

In light of the text, we ask: How do the promises of faith affect our lives in a broken world? The answer is confidence. Knowing we are identified w/ JC, we can live confidently, even though we are surrounded by a mess. We can speak the truth in love w/ neighbors who disagree. We can look at crummy season square in the face and declare boldly that we are not defined by brokenness of grief and loss and change and discouragement, but defined by our faithful savior who will make things right.

My prayer for you is that God would reveal His presence in the midst of discouragement, that He would give you peace in the midst of uncertainty, and that He would give you confident eyes of hope that look past the brokenness and falsehood of the world, and focus on the goodness and strength of our sovereign God.

Table Worship at the Walters’, Sunday, May 28 at 4:30pm

Join The Table this Sunday for a worship gathering at the Walters’ (2716 Douglas Ave.). We’ll gather at 4:30pm for a shared meal. We will continue our Easter season study on the Resurrection and what that means for us today. If Jesus said He came not just to give life, but abundant life, what does that abundance mean? We’ll be looking at 2 Peter 2, if you want to read ahead.

Invite a friend; everyone is welcome!

Heads Up – Jude is Coming

Let’s study how to study, by studying. Sometimes approaching the scriptures can create a feeling of disconnection. 2,000 years or more separate us from the original audiences of the Bible, and so we must consider how we might approach the text. This is what we would like to do together. Starting on Monday, June 5th at 6pm at the Walters (2716 Douglas Ave.), we will gather together and study how we study scripture by looking at the often forgotten New Testament book of Jude. This study will run for only 3 weeks (June 5, 12, & 19). No homework is required, just show up w/ a Bible. Week 1 will cover historical context and general impressions of Jude. Week 2 will focus on the theological themes of the letter. And, week 3 will center on the implications of Jude for us today. Let Aaron know if you are interested (thetablebellingham@gmail.com), and invite a friend – everyone is welcome!

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