Jesus declared in Matthew 5:16: “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” The ones who have God’s gospel shining on them are going to reflect that light for others to see. God desires to use us to draw other people to himself. He is using us to call people out of their darkness of separation from him.
But it isn’t just for you or me that God’s Gospel glows in the dark. Isaiah also says in Isaiah 60:3 “And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” Those in high standing, the wealthy, people of power will also be drawn to this light.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote in his book, Growing in the Spirit, “You and I are to be such that as we walk up and down the streets of life, people will be struck and attracted. Perhaps you have seen people turn and look at a well-dressed or attractive person . . . They should be struck by us, and look at us, and think, “Who is this person? I have never seen anybody quite like this before!”
Friends, we can be that kind of people; the kind of people that we must strive to be. And when we become such people, the people we encounter each day will come in and want to know about it.
But let’s look at God’s gospel glowing in the dark. We know what it does – lighting up a sin-darkened world – but notice for whom it is intended – all nations. God’s Gospel glows in the dark, while attracting people from all nations . . . all ethnic groups. May we genuinely be light in our dark world!!
Pastor Glen will continue the sermon series, Ephesians: Our Identity and Purpose! His sermon this Sunday is “Being Light in Darkness,” based upon Ephesians 5:7-14. Please read this text in preparation for worship.
Adult Sunday School
Our Adult Sunday school class will meet this Sunday immediately after worship in the large Sunday school room. Please join Janet Coiner and others for a wonderful time around God’s Word!! We will be studying Mark 16: Resurrection! Please bring your Bible!!
Spiritual Gifts Class
Would you like to know the way God has wired you? Would you like to know your spiritual gifts? If you are interested in a five-week spiritual gifts class, please contact Marty Porter or Pastor Glen. The class will begin on Monday, October 24th and continue through the end of November (with the exception of Thanksgiving week). The teacher will be Annette Williams. The Session is hoping many will take advantage of this exciting opportunity.
Fall Women’s Bible Study
Join other ladies for a journey through a Bible study on Gideon with Priscilla Shirer . . . a 7-week Bible study – Continuing through November 8th . . . Every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. in the Adult Sunday school room. Please contact Marty Porter (540.471-2619) for more information.
Men’s Bible Study
Our Men’s Bible Study meets each Tuesday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. at Panera Bread in the Community Room. We are studying the letter of James. Come on out men . . . and bring a friend!!
Tithes and Offerings
An offering box is available when you enter or exit the sanctuary. Additionally, online giving opportunities are available on the website.
September Financial Report
Offerings: Monthly: $13,920 YTD: $141,828.60
Expenses: Monthly: $20,549.95 YTD: $140,765
We have also received monies designated for our capital campaign and restricted giving. In August we received $70.00 for restricted giving and $960.00 in our capital campaign.
Dr. Stephanie Black, who is in transition to Nairobi, Kenya, lives out her passion for equipping emerging global church leaders in Africa and Asia with skills in reading and interpreting the Bible. She is a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church World Outreach in a co-op partnership with Serge.
Missions Team is active keeping in touch with our missionaries and other ministries. Please keep updated! You can visit our website and go to the Outreach Page.
Our Weekly Prayer meeting is held at our church facility each Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. We invite you to join with us as we seek the Lord’s face!
Tyler Bouthillier (10/29)