Have you ever been tempted to compromise your faith? Maybe you’ve said something like, “That’s not so bad!” Or, maybe you have said, “But everyone’s doing it.” Or, maybe you have thought, “God loves me, and He will forgive me.” We all struggle with temptations to compromise our faith.
The Israelites compromised their faith over and over again. After Aaron and the Israelites had compromised their faith in God after the incidence of the Golden Calf, we read in Exodus 32:11-13, “But Moses implored the Lord his God and said, ‘O Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, ‘With evil intent did he bring them out, to kill them in the mountains and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your burning anger and relent from this disaster against your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom you swore by your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I promised I will give to your offspring, and they shall inherit it forever.”
And, then after Moses has prayed this prayer, he went back up the mountain to attempt to atone for the people’s sins . . . and he then prays in Exodus 32:31-32, “Alas, this people has sinned a great sin. They have made for themselves gods of gold. But now, if you will forgive their sin – but if not, please blot me out of your book that you have written.”
What an amazing prayer!! Moses was willing to take the place of the Israelites in order that they might be saved. How many of us would be willing to die or give up our salvation for another person? Friends, we need leaders like Moses who will not compromise God’s truth and who will pray earnestly for God’s people! In order for us to avoid spiritual compromise, we must seek the Lord, as Moses did!
So, where are you tempted to compromise your faith? Friends, when we are tempted to compromise our faith, we need to remember how Moses sought the Lord in the midst of Israel’s sin; and we need to likewise stay close to the Lord by seeking His face, trusting His Word, and living by His standards!
Pastor Glen is continuing his new sermon series this Sunday focusing on the Seven Churches of Revelation. This Sunday’s message is “A Church That Compromises,” based upon Revelation 2:12-17 and the Church in Pergamum. Please read this text in preparation for worship!
We are pleased to offer a nursery for children through pre-school. The nursery is in the Sunday school area, and there is a check-in area at the door of the nursery. We are very grateful for the ministry of Ailene Wright, our nursery attendant!!
OUR VISION: To see Jesus Christ become the hub of every home in our community and beyond. It is a big vision, but we serve a BIG God. We believe that God will greatly use our efforts for His glory. And it all starts with prayer.
We don’t want to even attempt to see Jesus Christ become the hub of every home without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. And that’s why we begin with prayer.
Pray & Go is an opportunity for members of our church to walk and pray for the people in the homes (at first) in the Pelham neighborhood, as that is the neighborhood where our church is located.
As we pray for the people in the homes, we will leave a door hanger with information about our church, including an opportunity for people to respond by an email if they would like for us to pray specifically about an issue in their life.
We will NOT knock on doors or ring doorbells. We will simply walk in pairs, PRAY and share the door hangers. The most important thing we can do to reach our community for Jesus Christ is to pray for the people in our community. Join us in participating in this exciting ministry!! More will be shared on Sunday about how you may join in this ministry! Let’s attempt GREAT things for God!
The Session has launched a capital campaign to provide for both additional costs of renting our facility and saving to purchase our facility. We covet your prayers as we continue to provide needed ministry to our members, those in the Waynesboro community, and beyond.
Join us in praying that God will guide us as we take next steps into the future with anticipation of the many ways He will use us to be an ongoing blessing in our community and beyond. A Session member will contact you in the near future to participate in this campaign. At least FIFTEEN visits have already happened with encouraging responses! God will pour out His blessings as we respond to His grace and goodness!
Senior Choir – An Invitation from Harold Coiner
As you know, COVID-19 has interrupted human activity, not just here but worldwide. Things seem to slowly be getting back to “normal”.
I have been toying with the idea of starting a senior choir. Senior choir does not mean silver hair or NO hair, just folks who enjoy singing. Right now everything is in the planning stage and nothing is set in stone. Rehearsal would be once per month, along with singing once per month, unless a special occasion arises. The idea is to sing old songs not used much any more.
I will be glad to listen to suggestions, music selections, time of rehearsals, or personal requests, and the like. After Labor Day would be a good time to start; however, this new variant of COVID may put this idea on hold. Please share with me your interest or suggestions at (540) 447-0434 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks so much!
AnnaBelle Severs (8/18); Josh Lucas & Glen Holman (8/20); Tim Stewart (8/21); Noah King (8/23); Dianne Stewart (8/31)