FBC: The Plumb Line


The Plumb Line

Since 1997, Thursday evenings at Fellowship Bible Church have been a time of discovery. Members of the congregation and the community have gathered in our Fellowship Hall to be led in a highly-interactive investigation of Christian theology, Biblical exegesis, Church History, and other topical studies such as Comparative Religions and Christian Ethics. The fundamental philosophy behind these classes is the recognition that all believers are indwelt by the same Holy Spirit, and that each is both capable and responsible to “search the Scriptures” to confirm the truth taught there (Acts 17:11). The class leader, Dr. Chuck Hartman, prepares a 12-15 page lesson for distribution each week, as well as supplemental material and reading references for further study. Thursday evening itself consists in an hour and a half lecture, with frequent interaction from the class, on the biblical passage, theological topic, or social/philosophical issue highlighted that evening. The goal of The Plumb Line is to incorporate the whole teaching of Scripture to the whole of every believer’s world and life view, resulting in a more solidly biblical perspective on life and the confrontations and choices we are met with in it.

We have added video capability to The Plumb Line. This allows distance participation in the class, with not only the audio of the lecture, but also the notes, graphs, and diagrams often used on the white board to illustrate and clarify discussion points.

Creeds and Confessions

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Creeds and Confessions

From the Apostle Paul's 'trustworthy sayings' to the Westminster Confession of Faith, the church has consistently sought to formulate a concise statement of what is to be believed by its adherents. These documents - short or long - are called creeds or confessions, and they have both united and divided believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. This study seeks to understand the benefits of credal formulas, analyze some of the leading Protestant creeds and confessions, and investigate the merit (or demerit) of the current phenomenon of 'confessionalism' within many Reformed denominations.


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