Yesterday, Don DeVries preached the second message of our series on the Incarnation. From Hebrews 2:14-18, Don showed us that “Christ’s humanity enabled him to fulfill God’s saving purposes and to meet man’s ultimate need.”
You can listen online or download the message here.
1. Don’s main point from Hebrews 2:10-18 is that Christ’s humanity enabled Him to fulfill God’s saving purposes and to meet man’s ultimate need. Why is salvation impossible without the incarnation?
2. Death is a reality for all of humanity, yet so many in our culture try to avoid any thought of death, or they process it in superficial ways. How does the knowledge that Christ came and died for our sins truly free us from the fear of death?
3. Why is the word “propitiation” so significant for Christians? How did Christ’s humanity make it possible for him to take God’s wrath from us?
4. Because of Christ’s humanity and death, the way is opened for us to receive ongoing help. In what ways are you facing temptations and challenges right now where you need the help of Christ?
December 13 2008 at 3:36 pm 1 Comments
Last Sunday, the parking greeters braved the windy 30-degree weather to serve us. Above is Roma Mayo, who has been serving for four years. His dad, Dave, is the Parking Team Leader. This team is a great example of sacrificial service that makes a real difference in everyone’s ability to benefit from our Sunday meetings. Thanks to Roma, Dave and the whole team!
Tomorrow is the second message of our series on the incarnation. Don DeVries will be preaching from Hebrews 2:14-18, and Mike Bradshaw will lead our time of singing. We will also receive the Lord’s Supper together.
December 12 2008 at 4:21 pm 0 Comments
I know this is very late notice, but we’ve decided to hold a prayer meeting this Sunday night, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Events Center.
The purpose of this prayer meeting is very simple: we’re to pray for God to use our upcoming Christmas Eve services to open people’s hearts to the gospel.
Here’s how this came up:
I got a call this morning from a dear member of our church who had been praying and asking God to save those who don’t know Christ. As she prayed she was overwhelmed with an awareness of the hardness of heart among unbelieving people and a hardness in her own heart and among Christians for the plight of the lost. She was weeping as she spoke. “I think we need to gather and pray,” she said. “I believe we should pray for God to give us his heart for the lost and to use the Christmas Eve services to spread the gospel.” As soon as she shared the idea, I felt a sense of excitement to do just that.
I thought of Cathy Mays who is directing the production and had a burden to pray for her and the whole team that’s putting this together (a team of 150 volunteers is involved: choir, cast, orchestra, costumes, sound, lights, ushers…). I also thought of the unbelieving men and women who will attend and the many other opportunities the Christmas season offers for us to reach out as a Christian community. This will be a great time to ask God to use us and these services to glorify Jesus Christ.
Because it’s such short notice, I don’t expect that a lot of people will be able to come, and I don’t want anyone to feel bad if they can’t. But if you are able to be there, please join us to pray.
December 12 2008 at 2:29 pm 0 Comments
A couple changes to our previous post:
First of all, because of some sickness going around at the retirement community, Gen2Gen’s trip to Asbury Methodist Village scheduled for this Saturday had been postponed until January.
Also, sorry to say, we posted the wrong link in the last post. To find out more about Gen2Gen, the ministry Ellie Berry has started, click here.
If you’re interested in participating on their next trip, or for more information, you can
December 11 2008 at 6:05 pm 0 Comments
Last Sunday in his message, Jeff Purswell told the story of dressing as a super hero for his young son’s birthday party. We had fun with this video clip from his illustration. If you watch this and have no idea what the context is, check out Jeff’s sermon, The Glory of the Incarnation.
December 10 2008 at 6:35 pm 0 Comments
Every Wednesday we meet as pastors to pray and talk about various aspects of the church. Today we had a discussion inspired by a chapter in Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers about how we can better train and equip the next generation of church members. We took time to ask God to help us disciple students so that they surpass us in godliness and effectiveness in building the church and spreading the gospel.
In 2 Timothy 3:14-17 Paul says to Timothy:
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
Let’s be praying that God would raise up a new generation in our church populated with godly young men and women who, like Timothy, know God’s word and live their lives by it.