Oct 012017
 

Dear Church Family and Friends,

Today we are celebrating the Lord’s Supper as the body of Christ.  The Lord’s Supper is one of the ordinances that the church is commanded to observe, but it is often misunderstood.

The Lord’s Supper does not make you a Christian; it indicates that you are a Christian.  None of us is born as a Christian; we must be born again to be a Christian.  If you have never made a decision to surrender your life to Jesus Christ, then you should not take the Lord’s Supper.  In fact, it would be wrong for you to take the Lord’s Supper.  Here is why: The bread and the juice are symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ.  When we take them, we are claiming that we have received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and this is necessary to celebrate the Lord’s Supper appropriately.  The Bible states:  “Whoever eats the bread or drinks from the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner shall be guilty of the body and blood of the LORD,” (1 Corinthians 11:27).  So, what should we do to ensure that we are celebrating the Lord’s Supper appropriately?  The Bible tells us:  “Let a person examine himself; in this way let him eat the bread and drink the cup,” (1 Corinthians 11:28).

The Lord’s Supper is a glorious observance of the unity of the body of Christ.  Everyone who legitimately takes the Lord’s Supper has previously had the same general experiences with Jesus:  we have received Him as Lord and Savior, publicly declared Him as our Lord and Savior through our testimony and baptism, and have partaken of the Lord’s Supper to symbolize our union with Christ and His church.  If you have not received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and publicly declared Jesus as Lord and Savior, why not do it today?  “Behold, now is the acceptable time, behold, now is the day of salvation,” (2 Corinthians 6:2b)

May God continue to bless you through your communion with Christ.

Pastor George

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Sep 242017
 

Dear Church Family and Friends,

We are beginning a new sermon series today on prayer.  In this series, we will examine the model prayer that Jesus gave His disciples that we find in Luke 11.  You may remember that there were two separate occasions in which Jesus taught His disciples how to pray.  One of these moments occurred during His Sermon on the Mount and is found in the Gospel of Matthew.  The other incident occurred after Jesus had spent some time in prayer, and then was asked by one of His disciples to teach them to pray.  Both prayer models are similar, with slight differences.  The prayer model in Matthew was presented as part of a sermon; the prayer model in Luke was presented during an impromptu discipleship class.  The variety in the two prayer models shows that God does not desire specific words repeated from memory; He desires words that express our relationship with Him.

Jesus was a man of prayer during His incarnation.  The Bible regularly records Him taking time to pray.  We know from Scripture that He regularly prays for His followers:  “He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always loves to make intercession for them,”  (Hebrews 7:25).

Your prayers express your theology – what you believe about God.  The first word, “Father,” expresses an important theological truth reflecting the impact of Jesus’ atoning work on our relationship to God.  Through His atoning death on the cross, Jesus brought about our reconciliation with God, making it possible for us to become God’s spiritual children.  Paul expanded on this theological truth when he wrote, “Brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh – for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die, but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For we all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.  For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’” (Romans 8:12-15)

May your heavenly Father shine His love in and through your life.

Pastor George

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