Let me ask you pretty much the most important question in the history of the world: What is the gospel?
Actually that wasn’t a rhetorical question.
Did you try to answer it? I’ll wait.
Now think about your response. Did your answer need the Old Testament? In other words, would people have been able to understand what you said without you at least giving them some basic Old Testament context and background?
Ok, think about how Luke presents Jesus in his gospel. Maybe read Luke 1 and 2. How much Old Testament is there? Or take some time to read the sermons in the book of Acts, how often do they reference concepts from the Old Testament? Paul’s sermon in Acts 17 might be the one unique instance, but for the most part, when the apostles talk about the gospel, they talk a lot of Old Testament.
This Sunday we are going to look at Luke 9:18–20 and see why.
I can’t wait.
Parents: For the younger children this Sunday, you can have them listen for the word: “Christ”. To encourage them, Marda will have some treats afterward.
Women of the Word. Ladies, join us tomorrow, April 1st at 9 a.m., as we continue to study the lives of the women from the Bible and their great God. Doreen Ferko will be teaching about Rahab from the Book of Joshua. Guests and students 7th grade and up are welcome.
Missions Spotlight. This month, we are praying for the People of Japan. Please check your bulletins or the Missions Board this Sunday for the prayer card.
Membership Class. The class will meet on Sundays at 9 a.m. in the Infant Room. (For those wishing to continue in the membership process, the class will last eight weeks.) Questions? Please contact James Lee.
Cornerstone Bible Institute will not be meeting this Wednesday, April 5. Please join us on April 12th as we continue to learn how to benefit from our Old Testament reading. Anyone is welcome! Pastor’s Joshua’s teaching and resources can be here as well.
Good Friday Service. April 7th at 7 p.m.
Resurrection Sunday. April 9th.
Church Calendar. Have you ever thought, “It would be nice to have a church calendar.” Well, we have one of those! Please let us know if you have ideas how to improve!
Biblical Friendship Podcast. A podcast series with the elders of Cornerstone Bible Church on the book "The Company We Keep: In Search of Biblical Friendship" by Jonathan Holmes, where they discuss topics related to biblical friendship, including the theology of friendship, its marks, threats, and the purpose of friendship in the local church.
Online Church Directory. We're launching a new online directory through Planning Center! Hopefully this will be a useful tool for building relationships and more effectively loving one another in the church. Please use the links below to opt-in and select what information is shown.
Studying and Teaching the Bible (Women). This summer the women of the church are invited to join a study focused on the fundamental principles for studying and teaching the Bible. We will meet for 8 weeks this summer to go through the First Principles Women's Course produced by the Simeon Trust. There will be 2-3 hours of homework each week; during our time together we will discuss the homework and then break into small groups to share the fruit of our study. For more information or to sign up please email Jessie Eng.
Pre-Service Prayer will not be meeting this Sunday. Please join us on April 9th in the upper room, 8:15-8:45am.
Vacation Bible School. Children’s Ministry Event, June 26–29 (Evenings) For Kids entering Transitional Kindergarten to 6th Grade in the Fall of 2023.
Alaska Short Term Ministry. July 11–23. Contact Clifton Stewart for more information on how to apply. The deadline is now.
Roots Summer Retreat. Save the dates! Junior High and High School. July 28–31
Join with God’s people in praying for God’s people and for the advance of God’s Kingdom! Please prepare by spending a few minutes reading through the prayer guide. Also, please contact Isaiah Mackler before Sunday at 7 a.m. if you have any praises or requests you’d like the body to bring before our Father.
Order of Service
Welcome and Call to Worship
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 66
Sermon: Luke 9:18–20 – The Christ of God