This Saturday September 13th, The youth group will be having a carwash from 9:30-12:30Pm come on by and get your car cleaned up! This car wash will help raise money for the Fall retreat in Novmember and Winter camp in February.
Sunday’s Sermon Notes September 8, 2014
Here is a link to the sermon notes/discussion questions that were in the bulletin on Sunday. I am going to attempt to post a copy of the sermon notes each week on the church website so that everyone has access to them. Feel free to download/print out a copy for use in your home fellowships (or personal use). John 1 1-18 Insert
Also, you may have noticed that I recommended a book at the end of the sermon notes. The book is by Bruce A. Ware, and is titled, The Man Christ Jesus. If you want to do a bit more reading regarding the humanity and deity of Jesus, this is a great place to start. Given that this is a deep and complex topic, the author does a great job condensing and clarifying issues. He deals with questions like: If Jesus is fully God and man, and God knows all things, how could he grow in wisdom as a boy? If God cannot sin, how was Jesus really tempted? These are not easy questions, but the author presents them, and their answers, in a very understandable way.
-Pastor Nathan Hogan
Men’s Bible Study Resumes Next Week August 27, 2014
The Men’s Tuesday morning Bible study resumes next Tuesday, September 2. We meet at 6:00 am at the church, and we discuss the upcoming passage that will be covered in Sunday’s sermon. This year we will be going through the book of John together. We will provide the text for that week ahead of time so you can come with any observations, insights, or questions you may have. For more information contact Pastor Nathan at the church.
#JesusLovesSinners August 26, 2014
“Who’s Who” is the perennial publication that produces the names of people who have risen above the norm to make a positive impact on society. Research shows it takes 25,000 families of unskilled laboring background to produce one person in the annual “Who’s Who,” it requires 10,000 skilled laboring families to put one person in “Who’s Who,” 2,500 professional families are necessary to accomplish the same task, but only 7 missionary families are needed to produce one member of “Who’s Who.” Christian influence definitely adds salt to society!
But society can never be seasoned with salt if God’s people shy away from the lost. This was the problem Jesus addressed when He gave the series of parables found in Luke 15. The Pharisees of His day were grumbling, “This man receives sinners and eats with them” (Lk. 15:2). They were convinced His love for sinners was morally wrong! If social media was around 2,000 years ago, #JesusLovesSinners would have been the trending hashtag, followed by SMH—”Shaking my head.”
The Pharisees thought Jesus was contracting uncleanness by eating and associating Himself with sinners. But it’s precisely because of His love for sinners that He came to seek and save the lost, and God and heaven rejoice when the lost are found. Be encouraged to have the same attitude as Christ’s—to approach the lost without hardheartedness. After all, that’s what He did for us. He’s the Good Shepherd who laid down His very own life for the sake of lost sheep like you and me. May He be forever praised.
-Pastor Marttell Sánchez
The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus August 19, 2014
There was once a very stingy man who collected and kept as much money as he possibly could. He shared his plan with his wife, “I’m going to place all this cash up in the attic, so when I die I’ll take it up with me to heaven.” The day came when he breathed his last, and after some weeks his wife remembered what her husband had said. Out of curiosity, she climbed up to the attic, where she found the pile of undisturbed money. She then said to herself, “Maybe he should have left it in the basement!”
This funny story reminds us of what the love of money does to us—it corrupts our hearts. For this very reason, Jesus shared a principle we should all hold to heart: “No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money” (Luke 16:13).
Almost immediately after sharing this principle, Jesus gave the parable of the rich man and Lazarus—the story of an extravagantly rich man and the dirt-poor man who laid outside the gate to his opulent estate, hoping to eat the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. Shockingly, the roles of the two men were reversed in eternity, and so it’s a story Jesus used to challenge His audience’s lifestyle choices and compassionate giving.
You see, those listening to Jesus were the religious leaders of His day who loved money, and with the parable He exposed their true spiritual state: whether they loved God and people, or whether they loved the world and its riches. And the challenge given to them two thousand years ago is the same challenge given to us today: remember the poor at your door.
Someone once put it this way: “If you love money you will use people. If you love people you will use money.”
Dear Christian, remember the poor at your door. Not only because it’s our moral obligation, but because Jesus Himself remembered you, too. He left His heavenly mansion, He opened His gate, and He gave us the bread of life. He gave us Himself! And now, as an act of grateful worship, we can do likewise.
Be a restored beggar that points other beggars to where the bread is. Live out the Gospel in your community, all the while sharing the Gospel to a world starving for the Good News of Jesus Christ. Remember the poor at your door.
– Pastor Marttell Sánchez