August 11-17, 2017
Made for Each Other
There's no doubt that because of sin, interpersonal relationships are the wellspring of so much evil and suffering in the world. Or rather the failure of interpersonal relationships. People are the problem in this world. And yet God's design is not for us all to just cloister ourselves into little monastic huddles. Despite the fact that many of the early Christian monks (called the Desert Fathers) secluded themselves in the desert, and because they were, for the most part, men and women of God, the Lord orchestrated it that people inevitably followed them out into the desert to learn from these godly men and women. This is because God made us for community; for fellowship. That God saw that Adam being alone was not good is not necessarily a marriage mandate, but rather an affirmation of the reality that God's own unity in plurality should therefore be manifest and extended also in the human being who was made in God's likeness. Thus, the creation of Man was not fully good in God's sight until he fully reflected this aspect of God-likeness--community. Community is an eternal reality. We are saved for it. It seems that Christians often miss this aspect of salvation. Our relationships ought to be made right in Christ. For we are not simply saved from sin, death, and hell. We are saved for certain things too. One of those things is fellowship. We are saved into the family of God, His church. That's why I don't understand how a true Christian can downplay the importance of church membership or at least regular church attendance. Those who excuse themselves from corporate worship together by saying "I can have church by myself under a tree," (as I heard someone say just this week) have a gross misunderstanding of God's purposes for the world and for individuals.
We are all different. God did not make any one of us exactly the same as another. So that makes fellowship and team work a challenge, but that is what God has saved us into--a fellowship; a family. If we will be forbearing towards one another and seek to gain mutual understanding of one another, then, by the aid and unifying power of the Holy Spirit, we shall, indeed, experience true family and fellowship together. Might as well get used to it. We will be together forever in Christ!
seeking what leads to unity and mutual edification of the Body of Christ,
- Children's Ministry:
- Back to school time means we return to our regular Wednesday night classes for kids. Classes start back August 9th at 6:30. Teachers and nursery workers should be here by 6:15.
- 1 more person is needed for the nursery rotation during Sunday Service
- 2 extra Sunday School teachers to add to the rotation.
- Anyone interested in being on Sunday night rotation (8 weeks a year). Please call, text, or see Regina if you are interested.
- Sunday School teachers will rotate on the 13th of this month.
- The Ladies Fellowship is hosting a Baby Shower for Leigh Ellen Styke at the church on August 14 at 6:30 pm. Gift ideas: diapers of all sizes, baby wipes, gift cards, etc.
- Sign ups for Community Groups are on the welcome table.
August 13 - Sunday School Teachers rotate
August 16 - Student Home Meeting at the Meriliens'
- Please continue to pray for and support the Champion Family as we grieve the loss of our brother, Ron.
- Pray for Gloria's husband, Perry Childress. His health has been declining and he is not a Christian. Please pray for the Lord to save Him.
- Pray for all the benevolence cases we work with on a weekly basis. Most of them are unchurched. Pray the gospel takes root and praise God for all the provision we have to be able to do this ministry.
Sunday Morning Childcare:
Bed Babies through 2's - Amy Williams, Randy Spence, Kevin Parnell
3 through 4 year olds - Amber Knight & Matt Colvin
Last Week’s Statistics:
Pastor – Brad Williams
Family Pastor -- David Porch
9:30am – Sunday School
10:30am - Worship Service
6:00pm – Community Groups
6:30pm - Children/Student Activities
6:30pm – Adult Bible Study