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Rev. Dr. Cecil "Chip" Murray
By Cora Jackson-FossettSentinel Religion Editor
Changing lives and communities is the focus of a new series taught by Rev. Dr. Cecil "Chip" Murray during the Tuesday Bible Study held at Bryant Temple A.M.E. Church. The weekly lessons, which start at 7 p.m., are designed to help believers' experience abundant living in Christ.
Joining as co-teachers are Rev. Dr. Clyde Oden, pastor of Bryant Temple; Rev. Dr. Monica Coleman, assistant professor at the Claremont School of Theology; and Rev. Mark Whitlock, pastor of Christ Our Redeemer A.M.E. Church in Irvine.
"We are excited about the fact that Dr. Murray, who is clearly one of the most successful pastors in the history of the city of Los Angeles, will delineate the biblical principles of sanctification and transformation and how it applies to leadership," said Rev. Whitlock.
Dr. Murray is currently Professor of Religion and holder of the John R. Tansey Chair in Christian Ethics at the University of Southern California. Previously, he served 27 years as senior pastor of the historic First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, presiding over more than 18,000 parishioners and establishing more than 50 outreach ministries to aid the community.
"These are hurting and distressed times for so many people, but the word of God gives comfort and direction on how to live and how to succeed. Dr. Murray, along with the other lecturers, will share scripture-based instruction to transform loneliness into a place of peace and transform communities from fear into success," he said.
The interdenominational, multi-cultural classes are part of a year-long study entitled ‘Hope for the Helpless.' Each session begins with praise and worship by Rev. Dwayne Knox, music director at Christ Our Redeemer Church followed by lessons emphasizing the connection between the word of God and the abundance of God, explained Rev. Whitlock.
"The Bible says, ‘The cattle on a thousand hills are mine, saith the Lord.' God owns the hills and valleys. He will see us through our crisis and God will provide the resources to give us a celebration at the end. We invite everyone in the greater L.A. area to attend and learn how to transform your life through the word of God."