Forward in Christ (FIC), the synod’s official magazine, is starting 2024 off with an updated look, new series, and extra opportunities to dig into God’s Word.
“Our new look can be seen most clearly in the updated cover, which highlights a full-sized photo of Joan Prince, a member at St. Philip, Milwaukee, who is featured in the January issue” says Rev. James Pope, FIC’s executive editor. “Our goal is to include members of our WELS family on the cover whenever possible.”
The January issue also debuts a new yearlong series entitled “Free in Christ.” Articles will show how different congregations and individuals approach faith activities such as prayer, confirmation, and outreach—all in Christian freedom. The first article highlights different ways that two congregations are helping members delve into Scripture through congregational Bible studies.
“These articles are by no means intended to pit one particular activity or practice against another or to suggest that one approach is right and the other is wrong. Far from it,” says Pope. “The articles are intended to illustrate some of the freedoms New Testament followers of the Lord have.”
He continues, “It is my hope and prayer that these stories of Christian freedom will stimulate thinking, promote sharing of ideas, and expand the ways we glorify our Lord and serve our neighbor.”
Another series starting this month is a six-month Bible study by Rev. Greg Lyon entitled “What if it’s true . . .” This study will explore six scriptural truths and how they impact our lives in tangible ways. As an added bonus, Lyon will lead a live online Bible study each month from January to June on the topic covered in the magazine, offering participants opportunities for discussion and questions. The first study on mankind being created in God’s image is at 7 p.m. Central Time, Jan. 23. Find out more and register at forwardinchrist.net/online-study.
“We’re excited to start another year and pray that each issue provides content that is beneficial for you and that you can share with others,” says Pope.
Order Forward in Christ at nph.net/forwardinchrist or by calling 800-662-6093, ext. 5613.