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January 12, 2015

How to Serve God - Ephesians 1

The church is that group of people called to stand apart from the world because of their relationship with Jesus Christ. All believers in heaven and on earth make up one body - the universal church. There are many denominations and approaches to theology, but the local fellowships that comprise the body of Christ are united by a common message, mission, and motive.
Message. The three-part message of the church is simple. 1) Man is sinful and can alleviate neither the guilt nor the penalty of sin. 2) Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay our debt, was buried, rose again, and ascended to heaven to sit at the Father's right hand. 3) One day everyone will stand before God and give account for his life. Believers will take responsibility for what they did with the truth they knew, but unbelievers will answer for every day they lived in rejection of Jesus Christ.

Mission. Matthew 28:19 sums up what should be the personal quest of every member of the living church: to spread the gospel to the whole world and teach new believers how to grow in faith. We witness and make disciples by sharing the experiences we've had with God and His Word.

Motive. The church's motive is to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ and to glorify God the Father.

Church is not a place to hide from the world. Our mission is to spread the gospel message all over creation in order to glorify God. There will be opposition and persecution that is worse for some than for others. But we stand together as one body and persevere.

Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.

Sermon Series
      We live in a world that squabbles over the beginning of the world and mankind. Some say that it was a Big Bang and some say that we were created by some sort of intelligent design. Still, others think that we have come from primordial ooze and the like. If only there were something that would tell us of our beginnings, something that was recorded for mankind from the maker of the universe. Oh, but there is, it is called the Bible, the Word of God, and it starts with 'In the beginning...'.

Last Week:
      The devil's strategy to cause Eve to sin was fourfold: to make us believe that God's word is subject to our judgment and that God cannot be trusted. To flat out lie to Eve, and to give her a deadly half-truth. He does the same to us.
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our website, just under the calendar, or by visiting us on iTunes.

Next Week:
      We will continue looking more in Genesis about the fall of mankind.

Upcoming Events
January - Get to Know You Dinners. This is for our church families to get to know one another better. Please sign up in the foyer for this great time of fellowship. See pastor or deacons for more details.

January 13 - Men's Bible Study at the church beginning at 7 PM. We will be covering James 5.

January 21 - Annual Business Meeting at 7:30 PM.

January 25 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund following the AM Worship service.

February 1 - Fellowship Carry In Dinner following the AM Worship Service.

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    Midway, PA   15060
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