Greetings, everyone! Our Fighter Verse this week is Colossians 4:6, wise words for the Christian's speech: "Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person." This is actually very appropriate to our current teaching series on church discipline since so much of its implementation depends on our speaking graciously, wisely, and with Christlike compassion to each situation.
TODAY we once again have members serving as Disaster Relief volunteers in St. Joe, helping with the aftermath of the flash flooding one month ago. If you desire to help tomorrow, report to the DR Command Post at Journey Baptist Church, 5708 King Hill Ave., St. Joseph, at 1 pm for a four-hour shift. Wear work clothes, and bring gloves, boots, and protective eyewear to be ready to work in various situations (cleanup, mudout, powerwash, hang sheet rock, insulation, lay subfloor, etc).
Later today, our Bible Quiz team will travel to Midland Camp north of Polo for their end of the season fellowship with other teams from the region. Our church's team finished 6th (I believe) out of the 27 competing, and one of our team members, Olivia Wright, earned Rookie-of-the-Year. Congratulations to all who participated!
TOMORROW is THE LORD’S DAY! We will rejoice and be glad in it! On the First Day of the week, we remember and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus from the dead just as the first disciples did. Christ is risen! This is why we gather each week for worship, fellowship, study, and accountability. I hope you will be able to be with us. Take a few moments to read, meditate on, and reflect on the following passages which will serve to frame our corporate worship service tomorrow:
Call to Worship: Psalm 138
Old Testament: Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
New Testament: Romans 11:33-36; 12:1-8
Assurance of Pardon: Isaiah 43:25
Sermon: 1 Corinthians 5
Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26
PRAYER WALK AT THE SCHOOL: Sunday at 6 pm, we plan to meet with other believers at the Maysville school to pray for students, teachers, staff, and administration as the school year begins. If we ever needed God's hand of providential care, it is now. We usually gather at the flagpole for a time of corporate prayer, then spread out over the campus to pray in smaller groups. Plan now to join us if you can. NOTE the time change from last week's announcement.
Worship in the Park, our annual church picnic at Bartlett Park in Maysville, will be Sunday, Aug. 30, beginning about 4:30 pm with children's games, cookout at 6 pm, and culminating in a brief worship service at 7 pm. We will provide burgers, dogs, buns, drinks, and table service, you provide the sides. If you would prefer to bring your own picnic supper, you are welcome to do so. All are welcome to attend, and please feel free to bring guests. This represents our Fifth Sunday Fellowship as well. NOTE: In case of rain, we will meet at the church.
Back to Sunday School Sunday, September 13, 9:30 am
A few of our Sunday School classes have been meeting already, but on September 13 (three weeks from now), all of our Bible study groups will meet for all ages, nursery through senior adults. We will provide hand sanitizer and masks for those desiring them. If you are immuno-compromised, we ask that you take appropriate precautions. If you have knowingly been exposed to COVID-19, we ask that you take appropriate actions to safeguard the health of others. We have seen an uptick in local positive tests in Maysville (3), but none as yet among our currently attending members.
ICYMI: Last Sunday’s Message Church Discipline and Restoration Galatians 6:1-6
For all you cycling enthusiasts out there, here is a short segment from the August 21 podcast of The World and Everything In It entitled Kicker - A 9-mile daily habit about Bicycle Bob, a Santa Monica resident who bikes daily around his city, rain or shine. Oh, by the way, Bob is 96! Here is the transcript. (A little over 1 minute)
And for those who care about history, here is a segment from the August 20 episode of the same podcast entitled Highlighting the need for historical accuracy, pointing to the inaccuracies of the much touted 1619 Project, a piece published last year by the New York Times, and offering more accurate alternatives. Here is the transcript. (Almost 9 minutes)
The World and Everything In It is a half-hour newsmagazine podcast from a Christian worldview.
See you in church!
Grace and peace,
Greetings, everyone! As I write this Friday night, the sky has put on an amazing show as the storm passes through. I am reminded of the Lord's great and awesome power in His creation, and especially how Jesus demonstrated His authority over that creation when He spoke to the storm on the Sea of Galilee when it threatened to overturn the disciples' fishing boat. "Peace," said Jesus, "be still." And it went from a violent storm to calm and still in an instant. This is the King we serve and worship!
TODAY (Saturday, 8/8)
THE LORD’S DAY (8/9)
ICYMI Last Sunday’s Message "Church Discipline and Forgiveness" Matthew 18:15-20
FIGHTER VERSES for this week are Psalm 34:17-18
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.
See you in church!
Grace and Peace,
Greetings, everyone, in the matchless name of Christ. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who helped with Back Yard Bible Club this week! We had 22 children involved in two clubs where they learned the colors of the Wordless Book (Gold for Heaven; Dark for Sin; Red for the Blood of the Savior; Clean (White) for Forgiveness; Green for Christian Growth). They put together "salvation bracelets" with those same colored beads. We started out the week with an hour-long club meeting at our home and another at the Hacketts in succession. Music, Bible lesson, games, and refreshments rounded out each evening. Due to weather, by Wednesday we moved everything to the church building where we finished out the week. Our VBS Director Dava Hackett prepared back-to-school bags for all the children to take home on the last day. Most importantly, the Gospel was clearly presented to several boys and girls who had never heard!
TOMORROW is THE LORD’S DAY!
Fighter Verses Psalm 34:15-16
Call to Worship Psalm 145:14-21
Old Testament Reading Isaiah 55:1-5
New Testament Reading Romans 9:1-5
Assurance of Pardon Psalm 145:8-9
Sermon Matthew 18:15-35; 6:9-15
Benediction 2 Corinthians 13:14
Last Sunday, we looked at various Scriptures around the subject of "Three Marks of a True Gospel Church." Tomorrow, we will be looking at the third mark, namely Corrective Church Discipline with particular regard to the subject of forgiveness and what that looks like in the life of a healthy church practicing discipline in a redemptive, restorative way. I have waited a long time to address the subject of church discipline knowing its potential for misunderstanding. If we desire to be a truly healthy church, we must begin to practice both formative and corrective discipline. But we cannot put into practice what we do not know, what we have not been taught. So let us move prayerfully, deliberately, and compassionately as we seek to care for sheep who have strayed, for those who are trapped in the clutches of sin, and desire God's holiness above our own comfort.
Last Sunday’s Message "What Are the Marks of a True Gospel Church?"
Enjoy this a cappella version of "O Church, Arise" by Stuart Townend, Andrew Christopher, and Keith Getty. I have provided the lyrics below for your convenience in listening.
O church, arise and put your armor on; Hear the call of Christ our captain;
For now the weak can say that they are strong In the strength that God has given.
With shield of faith and belt of truth We'll stand against the devil's lies;
An army bold whose battle cry is "Love!" Reaching out to those in darkness.
Our call to war, to love the captive soul, But to rage against the captor;
And with the sword that makes the wounded whole We will fight with faith and valor.
When faced with trials on ev'ry side, We know the outcome is secure,
And Christ will have the prize for which He died—An inheritance of nations.
Come, see the cross where love and mercy meet, As the Son of God is stricken;
Then see His foes lie crushed beneath His feet, For the Conqueror has risen!
And as the stone is rolled away, And Christ emerges from the grave,
This vict'ry march continues till the day Ev'ry eye and heart shall see Him.
So Spirit, come, put strength in ev'ry stride, Give grace for ev'ry hurdle,
That we may run with faith to win the prize Of a servant good and faithful.
As saints of old still line the way, Retelling triumphs of His grace,
We hear their calls and hunger for the day When, with Christ, we stand in glory.
Source: Musixmatch; Songwriters: Stuart Townend, Andrew Christopher / Keith Getty. O Church Arise lyrics © Worship Together Music, Thankyou Music, Thank You Music Ltd., S.d.g. Publishing, Sixsteps Songs
See you in church!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Greg Dixon