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Sunday Worship Preview: September 14, 2014

This coming Sunday we will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper together! In light of that, Pastor Tony will be preaching from John 16:4-24 and focusing on our joy through Jesus that cannot be taken away.. To prepare, read through John 16:1-24. As you read, pray that the Lord would help us to learn, understand, and apply these truths together.

We will be singing:

How Deep the Father’s Love For Us

Not In Me

Grace Greater Than Our Sin

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

See you Sunday!

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Our Kingly Priest

Part 5 of our series “Jesus: Prophet, Priest and King.” Pastor Tony leads us through Jeremiah 30:21-22 and John 18:33-37 as he focuses on Jesus as our King and what it means to live in light of His coming kingdom.

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Sunday Worship Preview: September 7, 2014

Pastor Tony will be back this Sunday to continue our “Jesus: Prophet, Priest, and King” series. We will be focusing on Jesus as our King and what it means to live in light of His coming kingdom. To prepare, read through Jeremiah 30:21-22 and John 18:33-37. As you read, pray that the Lord would help us to learn, understand, and apply these truths together.

We will be singing:

Come People of the Risen King

Our God Saves

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Grace and Peace

All I Have is Christ

Let Your Kingdom Come

See you Sunday!

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Sunday Worship Preview: August 31, 2014

Ryan Bebee, our Family Pastor to Children, will be preaching to us this Sunday morning. He will be picking up on what Pastor Tony preached on last week about Jesus, as our priest, praying for us. We will think through what exactly Jesus prays for us. Read through John 17. As you read, pray that the Lord would help us to learn, understand, and apply these truths together.

We will be singing:

Arise, My Soul, Arise

Oh! Great is Our God

Nothing But The Blood

Beautiful Scandalous Night

Cornerstone

Jesus Paid It All

See you Sunday!

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The Gospel In Me: August 24, 2014

Before every baptism we have the privilege to hear stories of how God has saved people in our church and community through the gospel. In order to encourage one another, we will be posting these “gospel stories” after each baptism!

Dylan Gelhausen (7th grade)

When I was 4 years old I was adopted by my aunt and uncle. They started teaching me about Jesus Christ. When I was eight years old I invited Jesus into my heart. A few weeks ago at Crossings Camp, I realized that I didn’t know what all that meant and that I had not yet committed my life to him. So when the pastor at camp asked if any one wanted to commit their life to Jesus, I answered that call. Today I want to show that commitment by following Jesus in believer’s baptism.

Clay Weber (7th grade)

Before I became a Christian I was praying only when I thought I needed it. I would pray during a test or in a baseball game, but not when it was convenient for somebody else or when I really needed it. I didn’t like to trust people. Sometimes I disobeyed my parents to do what I thought was more important.

On the first day of Crossings Camp I had to climb a huge tower. I got to the top but I had to trust some people I barely knew to carry me down to safety. Later at camp I thought about that experience and it made me realize that I couldn’t live without trusting that Jesus died on the cross for me. I knew I needed to so I turned away from sin and trusted Jesus. Later at camp, the preacher asked everyone who had trusted in Jesus and that truly turned away from sin to stand up. So I stood up.

After that experience I have felt happier, like something heavy inside of me just vanished. I feel like a happier person, and I trust my parents more. I have also been praying more for other people and no just when I need something. My life seems more like life now than it was before because before I was covered in the shadow of my sin, but now it’s gone.

Heath Thomas (7th grade)

There was a point during Crossings Camp that I thought I knew everything about Jesus and ow to be saved, but I wasn’t saved. The camp pastor told a story of a man whose car broke down in the middle of the railroad tracks. He sees a train coming so he tries to start the car. It won’t start so he tries to unbuckle his seat belt, but it is jammed. The train is 10 yards away, and he starts to panic. He is about to get hit by the train, but he felt his car jerk forward off the track. When he looked in his mirror, he saw another car get slammed in his place. This story means that Jesus took the punishment for my sins.

Crossings Camp is what drew me to Christ. My group leader asked, “If you died going down the hill to the cafeteria, would you go to heaven?” At that point my answer would have been no. I suddenly realized that if I died, I wouldn’t go to heaven. That night the pastor said, “If you need Jesus, stand up.” I stood up because I needed Christ.

My mom taught me this verse, “I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, and to give you a hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). To me this means, no matter what I’m going through, God will always have a plan for me.

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Jesus, Our Intercessor

Part 4 of our series “Jesus: Prophet, Priest and King.” Reading through Hebrews 7:23-25 and Romans 8:31-34, Pastor Tony focuses on Jesus as our priest and how Jesus intercedes for us. Think about what it’s like to have a Friend, a Savior, a Mediator at the right hand of God on your behalf.

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Sunday Worship Preview: August 24, 2014

This Sunday we will continue our series: “Jesus: Prophet, Priest, and King.” Pastor Tony will be focusing on Jesus as our priest and how Jesus intercedes for us. Think about what it’s like to have a Friend, a Savior, a Mediator at the right hand of God on your behalf. Read through Hebrews 7:23-25 and Romans 8:31-34. As you read, pray that the Lord would help us to learn, understand, and apply these truths together.

We will also be celebrating through baptism this Sunday!

We will be singing:

And Can It Be

Your Name

Rock of Ages

Always Forgiven

The Solid Rock

See you Sunday!

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Same-Sex Marriage & The Church: Resource List

There were a variety of resources mentioned during the Sunday evening panel discussion on “Same-Sex Marriage & The Church.” Below you will find a list of resources we would recommend to help you think through this issue from a biblical perspective.

 

Is God anti-gay? by Sam Allberry

Homosexuality, Christianity, and the Gospel (Part 1) by JD Greear

Homosexuality, Christianity, and the Gospel (Part 2) by JD Greear

Homosexuality, Christianity, and the Gospel (Part 3) by JD Greear

Homosexuality, Christianity, and the Gospel (Part 4) by JD Greear

Same-Sex Marriage and the Future by Russell Moore

Articles from The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC)

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The Gospel in Me (August 17, 2014)

Before every baptism we have the privilege to hear stories of how God has saved people in our church and community through the gospel. In order to encourage one another, we will be posting these “gospel stories” after each baptism!

Lauren Boyd (college student)

I believe different people come to and find God for different reasons. My reason may be common, but it is very significant to me. I was born into a wonderful Christian family that I thank God for everyday. My parents raised us with strong morals and values and brought us to church growing up. As a young child, church to me was singing and learning verses.

As I got older, I began to realize what the the things I was learning and saying truly meant. I realized that I was a sinner and knew that Jesus our Savior who died on the cross for our sins and all I had to do to be saved was to ask Jesus into my heart and to forgive me for my sins. This is when I accepted Christ.

As I continued to get older and grow as a Christian, sometimes it was hard with a busy schedule and hurried life to step back and remember how much God is a part of my everyday life. As I begin to transition into a new chapter of my life, with many big decisions being made that will affect my future, I am thankful to have a Lord and Savior to guide me in the right direction. Today I am following through with my acceptance of Christ with baptism and am very excited to continue growing with Him through all of life’s challenges.

Ashley Boyd (college student)

I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior a long time ago when I was in elementary school. I mainly came to know Christ through going to Sunday School, and after several talks with my family, I felt confident that Jesus died for me on the cross, was buried, and rose again 3 days later so that I could be saved. I asked Jesus into my heart because I wanted to be saved through Him. For awhile after that, I practiced as a Christian and always had a strong faith in God. However, I never followed through with believer’s baptism.

Before I knew it, I was off to college, where I did not go to church as often as I had in the past. I still believed in God as my Savior, but He was not always my first priority. Recently, some events in my life have brought me closer to the Lord than ever, and he has shown me that there is no better time than the present to rejoice in the beautiful gift He has given us of being saved.

For a few months now, I have felt God tugging at my heart to follow through with believer’s baptism. Since this turning point, I have wanted to share my acceptance of Christ with the public. Although I have been a Christian for some time now, I am more excited to share my love for God with the congregation and to be baptized before the church, and more importantly, my Lord and Savior.

Brendan Boyd (8th grade)

Between going to church, listening to the pastor, and talking to my parents, I knew who God was but didn’t have a relationships with him. During that time I didn’t give him control of my life.

About a year ago I found myself starting to look up Bible verses that I heard other people mention, and that led me to believe that Jesus came to earth, lived a perfect life, died on the cross, and rose from the dead for my sins. I found myself praying more often, and I asked God to be a part of my life and forgive me for my sins.

Now I want to learn what God’s Word says, and I find it easier to make good choices. Recently at camp, when asked to stand if you need Christ in your life, I took the next step in front of my friends and made a public decision. I’m now excited to take this step in baptism.

Jeremiah McRoberts (7th grade)

I went to Crossings Camp this summer. On the last day, when we were in our small group, our leader handed us a piece of paper and at the bottom it said, “I would like to become a Christian for the first time.” I checked the box because I knew I was a sinner and did bad things.Even though I prayed every night, I still felt bad about my sins, and I decided I wanted to follow God, to trust in Him and believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins so I wouldn’t have to be punished and go to hell. I asked God to forgive me. After I made that decision, I felt like I needed to help people more and be nicer to them. It makes me happy to know that I will get to see God one day in heaven.

Josiah McRoberts (9th grade)

This past Easter, my dad was explaining the gospel to our family and how to become a Christian. He said we needed to confess our sins to God, and ask Him forgiveness, and believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. At first, I thought I was a Christian already because I was in a family where my mom and dad were Christians. I realized I hadn’t done any of the things my dad told us about, and so I went outside and prayed to God, asked Him to forgive me and to be Lord of my life.

Tyler Holvey (7th grade)

Before I became a Christian, I just went to church and did not really understand what it meant to be a Christian. I thought you had to be this perfect person. Then I talked to my mom about getting baptized and what it meant to be a Christian.

This summer I went to a Christian camp with a friend. My group leader helped me really understand what it meant to be a Christian and to get baptized. A Christian is someone who believes that Jesus died on the cross to saves us from our sins. I also know that I will continue to sin, but God loves and forgives me because of what Christ did. After camp, I felt that I was a Christian, and I wanted to get baptized.

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