Mary Lefkowitz, a professor emerita of Classical Studies at Wellesley College wrote in a New York Times Book Review: “The notion that there are many truths might seem well suited to a diverse society. But when everyone is free to define truth as he or she prefers, as at present, the result is an intellectual and moral shouting match in which the people with the loudest voices are most likely to be heard.”
Could it be true that we live in a post-Christian age? This is what some have proposed. If by that they mean that we live in an age where there is no common Christian consensus, then they are probably right. There is no doubt that we have moved past the point where there is a Christian consensus in America. At one time, there was a more common understanding of Christian teaching. Today, there is a condition that might be described as rank ignorance.
This ignorance is due in part to a lack of teaching by the church, but it also has its roots in the increasing religious diversity and pluralism of our culture. Whatever the case, we cannot assume that people know what we mean when we use Christian terminology. Indeed, it would also be a mistake to assume that people in the average church know what we mean. This is why we need to carefully examine what the Bible says concerning the terms we employ in speaking about Christianity.
We read in 1 Timothy 3:14, “. . . how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.” The church is not the pillar and buttress of the truth so that we can feast intellectually upon wonderful ideas. The church provides us with an environment where we can be challenged to live our lives on the basis of truth we have come to know. We are told in the Bible that the truth will set us free (John 8:32). But the truth is not only given so that we can know; it is given so we can live. And the only way we can be challenged to apply that truth to our lives is in the church – the community of faith.
This is another reason why we must be involved and accountable. The church is not an optional part of life. For Christians, the church is a fundamental and foundational way of life.
Thinking biblically about the church means we must change the patterns of thought and behavior that make the church simply a smorgasbord of items from which we can pick and choose based on what appeals to our appetite. The church is the community of God in which we are placed for our good and His glory. We are to open our hearts to Jesus and our lives to one another and experience together what we can never experience alone.
The temptation we have in the church is to water down or dilute the truth in order for the truth to be palatable for us. May we never water down the truth. May we be about the business of preserving the truth. After all, it is the truth that sets us free! And, we can preserve the truth by consistently standing under the word of God.
Pastor Glen will continue the sermon series, Ephesians: Our Identity and Purpose! His sermon this Sunday is “To Tell the Truth” based upon Ephesians 4:25. Please read this text in preparation for worship.
Called Congregational Meeting
The Session has called a congregational meeting to consider a resolution regarding the purchase of the building and property we are now leasing. The meeting will be immediately after worship on August 28th. PLEASE mark your calendars now to attend this important meeting.
Adult Sunday School
Our Adult Sunday school class will meet this Sunday immediatuely after worship in the large Sunday school room. Please join Deborah Kleinschuster and others for a wonderful time around God’s Word!! We will be studying Mark 8! Please bring your Bible!!
Exploring Hope Class
Exploring Hope is a great first step for learning more about who we are as a church family and what it means to have a relationship with Christ.
You will hear about Hope’s beliefs, history, mission, vision, as well as learn about ways you can get involved at a deeper level, including through church membership. Our next class will be on August 21 and 28 (one class on two consecutive Sundays) during the Sunday School hour (10:45 a.m.).
Fall Church Picnic
Mark your calendars NOW for our Fall Church Picnic – September 11 at Lake Forest Lodge (AKA McGann’s Cabin) – 21 Page Hollow Lane, Lyndhurst, Virginia (2 miles past the Sherando Lake entrance). You are invited to bring a side dish or a dessert to share, as well as lawn chairs. The church is providing chicken. Please sign-up on the sheet in our welcome center!
Bless Every Home
Let’s ALL participate in blessing every home in our neighborhoods by intentional pray-care-share lifestyles! PLEASE check out the website: www.blesseveryhome.com!
Bibles for West Africa
Joe Fleming picked up the Bibles which were donated for the many new Christians in West Africa. He wanted me to share his sincere gratitude for those of you who gave so many Bibles. They will be shipped to Africa in the next few weeks. They have very few resources in these countries! What a privilege to to be a blessing to these new brothers and sisters in the Lord!!!
Tithes and Offerings
An offering box is available when you enter or exit the sanctuary. Additionally, online giving opportunities are available on the website.
June Financial Report
Offerings: Monthly: $9,573.73 YTD: $99,466.61
Expenses: Monthly: $18,611.65 YTD: $92,432.61
We have also received monies designated for our capital campaign and building fund. In May we received $3,600.00 for restricted giving and $1,200.00 designated giving (Building Fund).
Support Hope Community Church by choosing us as your Amazon Smile charity. Simply login to Amazon. In the upper left corner, Click Amazon Smile. If you are supporting a charity already, you will see that name. Click the dropdown arrow. Click “Change Charity”. Search for “Hope Community Church Waynesboro”. Click and select.
- Cans of ginger ale
- Small individual packs of pretzels and crackers (or some kind of small salty snack for patients)
- Small pieces of individually wrapped chocolates
- K-cup iced tea & regular coffee (in small packages – we don’t go through Costco size quickly enough)
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!
AnnaBelle Severs (8/18); Glen Holman & Josh Lucas (8/20); Tim Stewart (8/21); Noah King (8/23); Dianne Stewart (8/31)