Worship Service - June 6, 2021

CBC,

Have you ever been dehydrated?

Like, truly dehydrated?

It’s a terrible feeling. It’s also a little humbling. It doesn’t matter how strong you are, how much you exercise, without liquid, it won’t be very long until you can barely get off the couch.

When it comes to living the Christian life, you might say hope is a little like liquid. If you take away a person’s hope, they will quickly become spiritually dehydrated, and as a result, very weak.

It’s not too surprising then, our hope is constantly coming under attack. On the one hand, we are being tempted to stop putting our hope in God. On the other, we are being tempted to start putting our hope in other things.

If we are going to be hopeful people, we are going to need to work at it.

Peter puts it like this,

Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:13)

Did you catch the word fix? Not let your hope drift to the grace to be brought to you. Put it there. Deliberately.

But how? How can we work on hoping in our hope?

There are a number of ideas that come to mind:

  1. Pray for a special work of the Spirit of God in your life. (Ephesians 1:18)
  2. Fight against thinking and talking about the future like unbelievers. (1 Thessalonians 4:13)
  3. Be on guard against preferring lesser hopes. (Luke 21:34,35)
  4. Spend time watching and learning from hope filled people. (Philippians 3:17)
  5. Put to death sexual sin and greed. (Colossians 3:5,6)

And that’s just a start. But let me quickly highlight one main way God’s given us to help us hope.

The Old Testament!

Paul says in Romans 15:4,

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scripture we might have hope.

Over the past several Sundays I have been praying God would increase your hope as we dive into the Old Testament in order to better understand it. Initially the plan was for this to be a four week series, but now it is six. Though, I think this Sunday should be our last in this particular Old Testament overview. I know it’s been a bit different as we have been looking at a number of passages and having to consider a lot of information, but I hope it has been helpful, and especially that God’s using it to enable you to enjoy the Old Testament more and grow in ability to fix your hope on God and His great redemptive plan.

Come praying! Come expectant! Come ready to grow and change!

Joshua

Parents,

You are doing great. I am so impressed by the notes the children bring to Marda. So many of you have really creative ideas for helping your children benefit from the messages. I am so encouraged!

This Sunday we are going to be looking at a number of Scriptures once again! I am hoping once we dive into the gospel of Luke a bit it will be a little easier for the children, but they are going to perhaps have to come ready to do a little work this Sunday as we consider what we mean when we say that Jesus is the Messiah.

And, that would be the word the little ones could listen for. At the end of this letter, I’ve given a short sermon “fill in the blank” worksheet that may help them follow along. Here is the link to the powerpoint which you might print out for them. Additionally, here are some questions you can ask them afterward. (These probably will be more helpful for the older children. But you can always try even with the younger ones!) You might even give them these questions before the service and encourage them to be listening for the answers.

  1. What are the six key words we have looked at that can help us understand the Old Testament?
  2. What are two reasons it is so important we understand what it means to say that Jesus is the Messiah?
  3. What is the word that is most often used in the New Testament for Messiah?
  4. What does the word that is used for Messiah technically mean?
  5. What three kinds of men were anointed with oil in the Old Testament? How does that help us picture what Jesus was going to do as the Messiah?
  6. What unbelieving king in the Old Testament gives us a picture of the work of a Messiah?
  7. Can you tell me how some of the different books of the Bible help us understand what it meant for Jesus to be the Messiah? (And here you might give some books as an example - how about Genesis? How about Judges? etc…)
  8. What did the people in Jesus’ day expect the Messiah to do for them?
  9. One reason they had a wrong idea of the Messiah was because they weren’t believing everything the Old Testament said about him. We talked about some of the characteristics of the Messiah that we discover in the Old Testament. Can you remember any of them?

more details

  • Sunday Morning Worship Services, 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Announcements

  • Newcomer Coffee. Any visitors and non-members are welcome to come for light refreshments this Sunday, June 6th, at 12:15 PM, right after second service in the room on the other side of the auditorium. (You can get there by going through the door in the auditorium that says "Kids Check In.") One of the brothers, Ben Liao, will have a short presentation on CBC. The elders and pastors would love to get to know you more and answer any questions you might have. Light refreshment will be provided.
  • Church Clean-Up Day. Roots did an awesome job on the outside of our building and now it's time for the rest of us to clean the inside! Come to declutter, throw away, organize and make the building ready to be used more! We’ll meet on Saturday, June 12th at 9 AM and try to wrap up by noon with lunch. There are some specific projects that need leadership. Please contact Isaiah Mackler if you’d like to facilitate.
  • Transition to One Service. On Sunday, June 20th, we will transition to one service at 9 AM, with both inside and outside seating. We appreciate your patience during this upcoming transition as the elders continue to evaluate our attendance and needs. We anticipate having childcare available for children pre-kindergarten (Infant, Little and Big Pebbles). We will partake in communion during service and enjoy communion lunch after service.
  • Membership Class. Our eight-week membership class will begin on Sunday, June 20th. Even if you haven't decided to become a member, please consider joining us for the first class, “An Introduction to CBC.” To sign up, please contact Adam Bakonis.