Prepare to receive from the Lord that which He has for you as you gather with the Christ Church Community tomorrow (8 AM / 10:30 AM – Bay Middle School) August 25th by reading the text for the day. Sermon Title “Pre Game Warmup”
Matthew 28:16 – 20 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Each week on Thursday I simply post the text that will be the basis for the sermon on the following Sunday. As practice of making Sunday Special – i.e. “Honor the Sabbath Day” and getting the true refreshment physically, spiritually, emotionally, and socially; I encourage you to take some time and ask God to prepare your heart to receive from Him whatever He would desire to teach you this week. Reflect on the passage Thursday thru Saturday – and I look forward to seeing you all this week at Christ Church (www.christchurchwestshore.com)
Acts 2:40 – 47 “Christ Church – A New Community”
And with many other words he (Peter) bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
I make an attempt at a weekly roundup of the relevant news to God’s people at Christ Church and the greater Christian Community. Here is this week’s edition
PC (USA) Removes ‘In Christ Alone’ From Hymnal Because of Line About God’s Wrath; Exclusion is Theological Blunder, Says Lay Committee President
Church of England sued for Refusing to perform Gay Marriage
A gay couple in Great Britain has announced plans to pursue legal action against the Church of England for refusing to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies, less than one month after the country officially legalized gay mariage, but explicitly excluded the Church from being forced to conduct the ceremonies as they go against biblical teachings.
Read more at http://global.christianpost.com/news/church-of-england-to-be-sued-for-refusing-to-perform-same-sex-marriages-just-a-month-after-prime-minister-promised-protection-101487/#QSIbPlqkmaveDc4O.99
Church Pastor’s Niece, 10, Gunned Down Leaving Sunday School Class, Dozens Injured as Attacks Against Egypt’s Christians Continue
Worried about finances, parents opt for ‘one and done’
For more women, having it all means not having children
Tribe on a 5 game skid! http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com
Catechism Question of the Week! Q6 How can we Glorify God w/ Josh Harris – Sr. Pastor of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg MD (Suburban Washington DC)
Read the following passage and ask God to open your heart to that which He would have for you as you gather with the assembly this week at Christ Church Westshore!
Philippians 4:10 – 23
10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance andneed. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household.
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
In our time with the Lord Monday – Wednesday, ask the Lord to speak to you through his Word coming off of our Sunday gathering with the following questions from Philippians 4:2 – 9.
1. Do you think Paul is being unrealistic to say “Rejoice (be glad) in the Lord always” vs. 4? Why or why not?
2. When we find it hard to rejoice (or “be glad), what practical steps can we take to help us “rejoice always”.
3. Why will knowing that “the lord is near” vs. 5 help us to be gentle?
4. What action should we take when we are anxious, and why? Vss 6 – 7.
5. What does it mean to pray “with thanksgiving” vs. 6? What doe this help us to guard against?
Read the following text and ask the Holy Spirit to open all of our hearts to reveal for us what He would have for us this week as we hear from Paul’s letter to the Philippians!
Philippians 4:2 – 9 “Rejoicing in Christ”
2 I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. 3 Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seenin me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.