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June Newsletter Article from the Pastor

Monday, May 30th, 2011

the MISSION

June Letter from the Pastor

For the last 22 months, our faith family has been endeavoring to restructure and realign ourselves with the mission of Jesus. Our orders are to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you” (The Great Commission).

Now that we have restructured our leadership team and reorganized our church to more closely resemble the New Testament church of the Bible, it is finally time for each of us to begin carrying out the mission of Jesus here in Frostburg, the surrounding areas, and throughout the world.

Some of you have already been doing this, working as forward scouts who go out and gather information and do short-term work in the field while the rest of the church prepares to launch the larger campaign. Well, the time has come for us to suit up and begin the incursion. As we line up in formation and begin to move forward into the community, here are a few brief reminders of the only way the mission will be successful:

1. Everyone must participate. Jesus has commanded ALL of us to go and make disciples. Notice, the authoritative word in the above sentence is “commanded.” He has ordered all of us to go and make disciples and this is what we must do. In fact, whether or not we follow this order is actually a sign of whether or not we are a part of his army, the church. If we do not follow his orders, then we are not obeying our commander and we are evidently not a part of His army, the church. We might go to a church and do churchy things, but if we are not doing as our commander has ordered, then we are not his followers. It’s that simple.

2. Everyone must make disciples. I know we like to think that this is why we pay the pastor, but the truth of the matter is that Jesus has commanded ALL of us to go and make disciples. For many of us, making disciples can be as scary as getting into the water for the first time when we are learning to swim. In fact, it can be downright terrifying. The great thing is…Jesus isn’t just pushing us out of the boat into water that is over our head. He has actually given us a life-preserver and an instructor who is the Holy Spirit, and he is ALWAYS with us. We never have to worry about drowning or messing up. If we simply obey his command to make disciples, all we have to do is reach out to those around us and tell them about what Jesus has done for us. Then each week, we can simply share with them what we are learning from the Bible and what we learned on Sunday with our faith family. It really is that simple, but we ALL have to do it.

3. We must make disciples who make disciples. We’ve seen first hand what happens when people stop making disciples. The church stagnates and begins to shrink and become inwardly focused. We’ve seen it in our own church and we see it happening in the churches in our community (at least 4 churches have closed their doors for good in Allegany County this year). Someone in your life helped you come to know and trust Jesus. Then they helped you further by teaching you how to obey the commands of Jesus, especially the Great Commission (see above), and now it is your turn to do the same. The great commission starts with us going and making disciples and it ends with us teaching the new disciples to obey Jesus’ commands of going and making disciples. It is a continual, reproducible action that we must begin doing now.

We say we love God and we want to see God glorified. If this is true, then this is how we do it, and it starts right here where we live, work, and play. It starts here and it starts now. Will you join us?

Your fellow disciple-maker,
Thomas

HEROES: Noah and the Ark

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Our newest sermon series is entitled HEROES. Throughout this series, we will revisit the stories we grew up learning in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, but we will look at them with fresh eyes and for maybe the first time we will see and understand how they fit into the grand narrative of Scripture. We’re finally going to understand how these stories relate to us today and how they all point us to the One True Hero. This week, we are looking in Genesis 6:9-9:17 to revisit the spectacular story of Noah and the Ark. Here are some notes to help you follow along.

God’s Eternal Plan:
“And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people.” Leviticus 26:12

God makes new beginnings to continue his good kingdom on earth.

1. The final outcome of human sin is God’s judgment and death.
A. The Flood
B. Israel in the Desert
C. Israel in Exile
D. Jesus on Calvary

2. God has made a covenant with his people. (Genesis 9:8-11)
A. Noah and the Flood
B. Israel in Moab
C. Israel in Exile (Isaiah 54:9-10)
D. Jesus on Calvary (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

3. Through Jesus, God makes a completely new start with his people.
A. He gives us clean hearts.
B. He gives us hope of a new creation.

4. God remembers us, his remnant. (Genesis 8:1)

5. God is making for us a new beginning to continue his good kingdom on earth.

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THE GOSPEL – Our Message for the Mission Pt. 2: Man

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Our Mission is to glorify God through lives changed by the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This mission has many facets, but the foundation of the mission is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the rock upon which His church is built, the cornerstone of our knowledge of God and our faith in God. The Great Commission found in the last few verses of Matthew 28 was Jesus’ mission for His church. The way we are to accomplish this mission is to proclaim the truth about Jesus to all the nations, making disciples of them, baptizing them, and teaching them all that Jesus has commanded of us. This message is what we are studying in this four week series, THE GOSPEL. This week we are talking about part two: Man (the creation of mankind, the Fall, and sin).

THE GOSPEL
The Message of the Mission Part 2: Man

1. In the Beginning, Adam Sinned (Gen 3)

A. They rejected God’s authority over them.
B. They declared their independence from God.

2. We Are Sinners by Nature, Not because We Sin

A. We are born children of wrath. (Eph 2:1-3)
B. The inevitable result of our sinful nature is death. (Rom 5:12)

3. We Are Totally Depraved

A. No one deserves God’s love. (Rom 3:9-12)
B. Everyone misses the mark. (Rom 3:23)
C. Our best deeds are filthy to God. (Isa 64:6a)

4. God’s Judgment Is Active (Isaiah 59:1-2; Rev 19:15)

A. Your sinfulness has separated you from God. (Isa 59:1-2)
B. God’s wrath will be forever poured out on sinners. (Rev 19:15)

5. The Unrepentant Inherit Hell

A. Hell is worse than we can understand. (Matt 10:28)
B. Hell is real…it’s hot and it hurts. (Mark 9:43, 48)
C. Only those who repent will be saved. (Luke 13:3, 5)

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Church Membership

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Membership is about more than attending church meetings. Members who enter into a covenant with us are called to a higher degree of responsibility, service and sacrifice. By becoming a Covenant Member you are committing to be part of a spiritual family that will provide support and encouragement in your walk with Christ. Our elders and leadership pledge to assist our Covenant Members first and foremost, by providing care and counsel as well as pray, teach and guide as necessary. This week’s sermon reveals the ten essential qualities needed in the members of our church for our church to be healthy. Here’s a short outline with a link to the sermon below, or if you have iTunes, you can go to our page there and subscribe to our podcast.

I. Two problems we have in this day and age:

Commitment-Phobia & Lone-Rangerism.

II. A healthy Church is filled with Men and Women who:

1. See Scripture as the final authority on all things.
2. Are pursuing Jesus as the ultimate treasure.
3. Follow in obedience after Christ in the ordinances.
4. Genuinely love one another and enjoy participating with one another in healthy biblical community.
5. Make up an open-handed church.
6. Walk in holiness as an act of worship to Jesus by the Spirit.
7. Take serious the areas of life that the Scriptures deem foolish.
8. Take the responsibility of Christian freedom seriously.
9. Are willing to engage one another over sin and who are also willing to be engaged.
10. When we fail at all of this, we are quick to: a) Confess it to God and to one another b) Repent and seek to put that sin to death

III. Covenant Membership: 3 Step Process

1. Attend the Covenant Membership Class (Luke 14:27-28)
2. Believer’s Baptism
3. Signing the Covenant

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