There are some sins we take very seriously. They seem obviously bad to us. But there are other sins that we perhaps don’t think of as being quite as evil.
Like, maybe, unbelief.
Our culture certainly doesn’t regard not believing in God’s promises revealed in the Scripture as a very big problem. But we do. The Bible does. Why?
Why is unbelief such an ugly sin?
This Sunday we are going to look at Luke 7:24–35 where Jesus explains what is at the heart of unbelief and why it’s such a problem.
Come praying God will use this message to increase our faith!
Membership directory! We are working on putting together a Membership Directory. We would like this membership directory to include pictures of every member. This Sunday, we are going to take pictures of members outside by the back entrance of the church. If you haven’t gotten your picture taken yet, here’s your chance. If you don’t, there won’t be a picture of you in the directory. Just a blank space. And we don’t want that. The long term goal is to have a directory that will help us pray for one another and remember each other better. Help us by taking the initiative to come and have your picture taken.
Christmas Cookie Open House: The Macks will be hosting their annual Christmas Cookie open house from 5 pm to 8pm on December 22nd. It involves a little bit of a happy, friendly family competition, so come and let them know who made the best cookie! If you have got a favorite Christmas cookie you want to share, let us know.
For the younger children this Sunday, you can have them listen for the word: “unbelief.” To encourage them, Marda will have some treats afterward.
“Unbelief is a sin. Surely with rational and unprejudiced persons, it cannot require any reasoning to prove it. Is it not a sin for a creature to doubt the word of its Maker? Is it not a crime and an insult to the Divinity, for me, an atom, a particle of dust, to dare to deny his words? Is it not the very summit of arrogance and extremity of pride for a son of Adam to say, even in his heart, "God I doubt thy grace; God I doubt thy love; God I doubt thy power?" Oh! sirs believe me, could ye roll all sins into one mass,-could you take murder, and blasphemy, and lust, adultery, and fornication, and everything that is vile and unite them all into one vast globe of black corruption, they would not equal even then the sin of unbelief. This is the monarch sin, the quintessence of guilt; the mixture of the venom of all crimes; the dregs of the wine of Gomorrah; it is the A1 sin, the master-piece of Satan, the chief work of the devil.”
Sunday, December 18th. We will be taking communion together but not having church lunch.
Building Usage. The church that subleases from Cornerstone Bible Church will be switching its building usage from Tuesday to Thursday (as well as continue to use the building on Saturday after 1pm). Cornerstone Bible Church offices will continue to be open on Thursday, but CBC will not be able to use the church for meetings on Thursday.
CBC Annual Retreat. Mark your calendars and start saving for our annual CBC Retreat: February 17-20, 2023 at Oak Glen Christian Conference Center.
Bible Reading Project will not meet in December.
When God saves someone through faith in Jesus Christ, He does a miracle in their lives. Paul's two-word summary of the change that follows is "in Christ" or "in Him." The more you grasp the extent of the miracle of being "in Christ", the more you will enjoy Him! This week we’ll be exploring our guaranteed glorification. Teachings from previous sessions are here.
Welcome and Call to Worship
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 51
Sermon: Jesus and Unbelief - Luke 7:24–28