What do you think about this statement:
“It is not possible to be faithful and popular simultaneously.”
I suppose it depends a little on the audience, right? But even so, it does remind us of a pretty important biblical reality. “A servant is not greater than his master.” If they persecuted Jesus, they will persecute those who follow Him.
If our main goal is to live a comfortable life and have people like us, we won’t be following Jesus very long. There’s no question that serving Jesus will sometimes make people upset with us. The question is, how does Jesus want us to respond? In Luke 6:27-36, he tells us. Let’s pray that God uses His Word to help us live lives that represent Jesus well.
Come ready! Come praying! Come expectant!
For the younger children this Sunday, you can have them listen for the word, “***love.***” To encourage them, Marda will have some treats afterward.
Over the next few letters I will include some helpful thoughts from church history about various important doctrines. You might take some time to think about them and what the implications of believing this are for your life and for our church. Here’s a great explanation of the sufficiency of Scripture:
The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man's salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down or necessarily contained in the Holy Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelation of the Spirit, or traditions of men. Nevertheless, we acknowledge the inward illumination of the Spirit of God to be necessary for the saving understanding of such things as are revealed in the Word, and that there are some circumstances concerning the worship of God, and government of the church, common to human actions and societies, which are to be ordered by the light of nature and Christian prudence, according to the general rules of the Word, which are always to be observed.
Membership Class continues this Sunday, October 9th. The class will meet at 9am in the Infant Room. Questions? Please contact us.
Men’s Ministry. October 22nd @ 7:30am. Gather with men. Eat Jim’s food. Listen to God’s Word. (Do you like meeting at 7:30am? If you have feedback on the time please contact us.
Missions Highlight. October 23rd, 12:30pm. Please join us as the Missions Committee presents a Missions Highlight on "The Persecuted Church." Jim Bitong will present the ministry of Open Doors International, where he currently works. Min Shigematsu will give a presentation on the current state of the church in China. Hyon Seo will give a brief overview presentation of the persecuted church. Save the date and plan to be there!
Bible Reading Project. Thursdays at 6:30am.
Snacks Ministry. Do you enjoy preparing refreshments and extending hospitality to others? Then we invite you to consider serving in the Snacks Ministry. For those interested, please reach out to Jim & Ces Bitong or any other snacks ministry servants at the snacks table.
South Africa Missions Fundraising Continues - Fall Pottery Workshops.
No experience necessary! Details and sign up at tinyurl.com/summerpots.
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 glorify Christ with your life. This Sunday in Equipping Hour, we’ll explore the blessing of justification!
Welcome and Call to Worship - Joshua Mack
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 42
Preaching of God’s Word: The World's Greatest Sermon - Luke 6:27-35