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Monday Memo - September 30

The Lord Jesus, on the night in which He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it…In the same way also, after supper, He took the cup… As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.    -          1 Corinthians 11:23-26

There is something about remembering the Lord by eating the bread and drinking the cup that brings us very close to the heart of God — if we permit it. The giving, gracious, grateful Christ sacrificed Himself FOR US. He did for us what we could not do for ourselves.

Yesterday, we remembered together. Whenever we have communion, we also remember those in need around us — spiritually and physically. For this reason, we encourage designated, over and above giving to our Benevolence Fund on Communion Sundays.

Our Ministry Fund supports like-minded local agencies and ministries who exist for the purposes of helping others in need in our community. However, within our church, we help each other in need of food, shelter, or clothing through the designated gifts to the Benevolence Fund.  Our goal in this ministry is to offer holistic growth. Open, honest, gracious conversations are engaged to determine the best way to help in each unique circumstance.

This happens nearly every week of the year. Your gifts help make this vital ministry possible. Simply designate your gift, whether online, by mail or on Sunday, and it will be put to good use. 

Looking forward to taking another step with you in the Ultimate Journey!  

See you Sunday!

Grace and peace, 

Tom Oyler
Lead Pastor   

  


Looking Back

"The Ultimate Journey: Using a GPS"  

When is the last time you used a GPS? Where were you? Where did you want to go? How was the trip? When you are on a journey, you need directions, starting with where you are and where you want to go. For one who is seeking to live a life that is being changed by Christ and used by Christ, the metaphor of human stages of growth is spot on! Let’s use it!

THINKING IT THROUGH
(Agree/Disagree/Consider/Contemplate)

Anyone can count the seeds in an apple. Only God can count the apples is a seed.             

            ~Unknown

12 month old baby wearing a t-shirt that read: teething is the pits!       

            ~Unknown         

While a good man is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.

             ~Sydney Harris

Striving for Christ-like character may seem like pursuing a distant goal, but remember, it is better to pursue a deer and lose it than to chase a skunk and catch it.

             ~ Unknown

LIVING IT OUT

1.       Which stage most accurately describes where you are in your journey and why?

2.       Using your Life Application Notebook or another outlet of your choice, write several paragraphs about your journey, how it begun, where and how you have grown, down times, challenges, frustrations, satisfactions, etc.

3.       Why is the gospel at the center of the journey?


Looking Ahead

"The Ultimate Journey: Through It All"     

The Ultimate Journey may have different phases, but one reality runs Through It All. From being “born again” to “finishing well,” if our journey is to be healthy, worthwhile, and fulfilling, grace and faith must run through it all. Some has said, “if it is not of grace, it is not of God.” True? Let’s take a look.

LOOKING IT UP

1.    John 3:16. It is perhaps the most recognized verses in the Bible. And rightfully so. Take a look at it in its context, 3:1-17. What question do you think v.16 is answering in Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus?

2.    A couple of other very important verses are in Ephesians 2:8-9. Write them out below and then compare them and their context with that of John 3:16.

3.    This message of salvation by grace though faith alone in Christ was and is controversial. Jewish believers were attaching keeping of the Law (especially circumcision) to salvation. In Acts 15, the church dealt with the controversy. How did the apostles resolve it? (see Acts 15:6-11, 19)

4.    What role does grace play as our journey continues? (Romans 5:1-5, 8:1-4; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5; Galatians 2:20; Titus 2:11-14)   

5.    How does Paul begin most of his letters to churches and why so? (Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:3; 2 Corinthians 1:2; Galatians 1:3; Ephesians 1:2, etc)


 

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