God has a story – a powerful story; and our job is to learn to tell it well. What would you say if someone in your current sphere of influence were to come to you today and say something like this: “You know, we’ve been friends for a long time. And you’ve never forced your “God-thing” on me, and I appreciate that. I just wonder if you could explain the whole deal to me. What is it about God that people are attracted to? Is God really all that necessary in life?”
So, how would you respond to your friend? There are several ways to explain God’s story – as revealed in the Bible. One way is called “The Bridge.” You may be familiar with this illustration. The Bridge is quite simple, really, but it is a powerful way to illustrate precisely what God, through Jesus Christ, did for people.
The next time you find yourself in a conversation where the person you’re talking to really does want to understand who God is and what he has done, grab a piece of scratch paper or napkin, and ask their permission to sketch out this bridge. It’s an image they won’t soon forget. Here’s how it goes . . .
For starters, we have to establish the reality of two beings: people and God. Between people and God is a great chasm – a division that exists because of people’s propensity to rebel against God’s ways and go their own way. The Bible calls this “sin.”
The dilemma people face is that we want to get to God but know we can’t just leap over the chasm. So, we try exerting human effort (morality, good works, religion, etc.), hoping we can get the bridge built. In the end, we realize that all the human effort in the world will never be enough to get us to the other side.
But thankfully, God sympathized with our dilemma. And because he loved us so much, he intervened so that we would have a means of getting close to him. His solution was to send His Son, Jesus, to serve as the bridge.
If you remember nothing else about the bridge illustration, remember this: Christ came to earth to be our bridge, and whoever makes the decision to cross the bridge will live with God forever. The apostle John put it this way in John 5:24, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” (NIV). May we be faithful in telling God’s story!!
Pastor Glen will resume our study of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Glen’s message is, “Inconvenience or Opportunity?” based upon Philippians 1:12-18. Please read this text before worship.
We will celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper this Sunday. We encourage you to examine yourself before receiving the Sacrament per 1 Corinthians 11:27-32.
Adult Sunday School
Our Adult Sunday school class will meet this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the large Sunday school room. Please join Deborah Kleinschuster and others for a wonderful time around God’s Word!! We will continue our study of the Gospel of John. This Sunday we will focus on John 18: Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus!! Please bring your Bible.
Tithes and Offerings
An offering box is available when you enter or exit the sanctuary. Additionally, online giving opportunities are available on the website.
August Financial Report
Tithes/Offerings: Monthly: $13,350 YTD: $144,766.29
Expenses: Monthly: $12,918.03 YTD: $133,554.36
Capital Campaign: $3,875.00 YTD: $14,923.00
Church Sign Donations: Monthly: $0. YTD: $2,800.00
Prayer Concerns and Praise Reports
If you have any concerns you would like to add to the Prayer Concerns and Praise Reports list or give an update, PLEASE contact our prayer coordinator, Janet Coiner (540.447.0918) by THURSDAY at 10:00 a.m.!! Thanks so much!!
If you or someone in our congregation needs a ride to a doctor’s appointment or other appointments, please call Tom Reider (540.649.5162). He has agreed to coordinate rides. He has a list of those who have volunteered to give those rides. We are grateful for this important ministry!!
Let’s join other area churches in praying for persecuted Christians around the world! The Gathering will be held on Sunday, October 15th at 3:00 p.m. at the Cornerstone Church of Augusta.
The featured speaker this year will be our own Dr. Andrew Brunson (an EPC Teaching Elder), who, along with his wife, Norine, started churches, offered training, aided refugees, and started a house of prayer in Turkey. They served there for 23 years until they were falsely accused of terrorism in October 2016. Andrew was held in Turkish prisons for two years. He was dramatically released in October 2018 as a result of a worldwide prayer movement and significant political pressure from the U.S. government.
We continue to collect “Hope Blessings” donations every three months for Love INC. From July 1 to September 30, we are collecting various paper products: paper towels, tissues, napkins, and toilet paper. May we be a blessing to those families in need! We are grateful for our partnership with Love INC!
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
Alicia O’Ram (10/8); Joyce Gordon (10/10); George Wilson and Bob Simmons (10/15); Tyler Bouthillier (10/29)