What is your favorite quote?
I don’t know mine for sure. That’s a hard question. I will tell you one I do like though. It’s from someone named Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
He says, “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”
You know, we talk a lot about discipleship at Cornerstone, following Jesus. But you have to understand this is a first step. Jesus says, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
Maybe another way to say that would be that following Jesus requires we must not first seek the things that we in our own reason and understanding imagine will please us, but instead, it’s first, always first, what will please and glorify God?
And we do that, because we trust God.
This is faith in action. We know He’s good, so if He says to deny ourselves and take up our cross, we trust that’s going to be better than going our own way.
Which is so important for us all to remember. And maybe especially those of us who are fathers.
This Sunday is Father’s Day. We are going to spend some time talking about being a godly father. But know this, if we want to lead our families to follow Jesus, we should make sure we are following Jesus, and following Jesus requires self-denial at the start and all throughout.
I’m looking forward to diving into God’s Word with you.
Come ready! Come expectant! Come praying!
To help you make the most out of Sunday messages, I’ve made some changes to the sermon brief I normally send out. It includes some things to do before you come on Sunday, some things to do while you are at church, and then some things to do afterwards.
For the younger children this Sunday, you can have them listen for the word, “father” To encourage them, Marda will have some treats afterward.
We had a great discussion on the Pastor’s Podcast this week. Will has helped us by making short clips of each question we discussed. We talked about serving the Lord whether you feel like it or not, the new equipping hour, habits and rituals and more. Check it out here.
On the Family Matters Podcast this week, I talked about learning to suffer long. Check it out here. If you are being helped, let me know. You might even give a rating on our apple podcast channel. Apparently, that helps others know about it.
Once again, if you have any questions you would like the pastors here at CBC to discuss on the podcast, please contact us.
Communion and Church Lunch. This Sunday, we’ll remember Jesus’ death in our place by partaking of the Lord’s Supper. We will also enjoy church lunch together. While everyone is invited to stay for lunch, please do not partake of the Lord’s Supper if you are not a believer walking in obedience to Him.
CBC Outing! Angels vs Astros, Wednesday July 13th at 6:30pm. Here is a link to a google form set up by Polus Ting where you can reserve how many tickets you’d like. Tickets ($8) can be picked up on Sundays, July 3 and 10. This is an excellent opportunity for your eternal family to meet your neighbors and coworkers!
Vacation Bible School (VBS) Volunteer Sign-Up. To serve at VBS, please sign up here. VBS will be on the evenings of July 31-August 3.
Service Teams. If you are interested in serving on the Welcoming Team, the Communications Team or the After-School Tutoring Team, please contact Isaiah.
Bible Reading Project will resume later this summer.
Weekly Pre-Service Prayer. While the whole church will be joining together at 9am on the first Sunday of the month, there will be a weekly, pre-service prayer time from 8:15–8:45 a.m. in the Upper Room. The focus will be praying for that morning’s ministry, our missionaries and other requests
Church Family Time. Here are links to the three Family Time sessions. While everyone is invited to listen, if you are a member committed to Cornerstone Bible Church, please make sure to catch up on any that you have missed.
Always Ready. If you have questions about our Equipping Hour series, please email Isaiah. Assignments are emailed out weekly.
Welcome and Call to Worship
Scripture Reading: Psalm 127
Preaching of God’s Word: “Dadding" – Ephesians 6:4