To those going into 6thgrade next year, you are invited to come to the middle school youth group this summer. It will be on Wednesdays at 1:00p.m. at Pastor Zach and Cara’s house (801 Prestien Dr), starting June 12th. For any questions, call/text/e-mail Zach at 319-229-0107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starting this Sunday, Sept 10th, I will begin a sermon series thought the book of Philippians titled, “Completion.” The title is based off of Philippians 1:6, “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” The idea is that when we are born again we have not arrived. When we are born again, we gain the DNA of Christ much like an acorn has the DNA of an Oak Tree. Like an acorn, we must germinate, get the proper nutrients and water in order to grow into in Oak Tree, so we must germinate in our faith and gain the proper spiritual nutrients to grow into the Oak Tree – the likeness of Jesus Christ. My hope for this sermon series is that it bears a lot of fruit in yourself and in the church. Please also read through the book of Philippians a couple of times so that it is on your heart as we begin.
Message from Pastor Zach:
I am excited that this Sunday, July 9th, we will begin our summer sermon series called “Why We Do What We Do.” Many things we do as a church are good, but sometimes we go through the motions or just do things without even knowing what they mean. I hope that through this sermon series we can make what we do more meaningful and substantial, causing us to worship God all the more by what we do.
The bible gives great precedence for this as well. Right before the Passover, God told Israel that every year at this time they were to commemorate the Passover for seven days. And then in Exodus 12:26-27 it says this: And when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ you shall say, ‘It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s Passover, for he passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when he struck the Egyptians but spared our houses.’” And the people bowed their heads and worshiped. The point wasn’t just to teach kids; it was for all of them to have a way to remember God’s faithfulness, power and deliverance, not just for that week, but in all of their lives.
My hope is that through this sermon series we would all have a firm understanding of why we do what we do. And more so, that we would worship our God all the more for years to come by doing what we do with deeper purpose.
July 9th – Why Baptism? (Matt 3:13-17; 1 Cor 10:1; 1 Pet 3:21-22)
July 16th – Why the Word of God? (2 Cor 3:16-17)
July 23rd – Why Do We Sing? (Ex 15:1-21; Ps 40:1-3; Rev 5:9)
July 30th – Why Do We Gather? (Heb 3:12-14)
Aug 6th – Why Do We Take Communion? (1 Cor 10:16-18)
Aug 13th – Why Local Missions? (Mal 1:11/ Matt 28:18-20)
Aug 20th – Why Live Like Christ at School/Work? (Mal 1:11/ Matt 28:18-20)
Aug 27th – Why Cross Cultural Missions? (Mal 1:11/ Matt 28:18-20)
Sept 3rd – Why Do We Pray? (Jn 15:16; Eph 6:17-18)