We read in 1 Kings 19:19, “Elijah went over to [Elisha] and threw his cloak across his shoulders and then walked away.” Elisha did not ask Elijah to be his mentor. And Elijah doesn’t appear to be excited about having Elisha as his disciple. But the cloak of the one was clearly passed to the other. Elisha was seized by Elijah in order to be at Elijah’s disposal. When Jesus seizes us, he bids us to follow him, and we are to be at his disposal.
We all need to have an Elijah that we follow, and we all need to have an Elisha who is following us. For us the goal is always to be, and train others to be, disciples of Jesus Christ. Otherwise, as Dr. Craig Barnes suggests, “our mentoring is a futile effort at saving.”
We need to be looking for someone to help us grow in our faith – someone who is more mature in the faith, someone who will hold us accountable and teach us the way of following Christ. If you are an Elisha, you need to be seeking a mature believer(s) with whom you can develop a relationship of learning and growing. This may come in the context of a small group or in a Sunday school class. If you are an Elijah this morning you need to ask God who you might come alongside in order to assist in the process of spiritual growth.
The Apostle Paul told the Colossians: “We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.” (Colossians 1:28) It’s time for the Elijah’s in our midst to find some Elisha’s. Older, more mature, believers need to pass the torch, so to speak, to the next generation of Christians. And it’s time for some Elisha’s to take the torch. Will you be an Elijah? Will you be an Elisha?
In Pastor Glen’s absence, Bill McCaskill will be preaching. His message will be “Precious Promises: The Walk of Faith,” based upon 2 Peter 1:1-11. Please read this text before 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 13: The Day of the Lord and Jesus’ Second Coming! Please bring your Bible!!
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 – September 27th 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
After a summer break, our Men’s Bible Study will continue to meet on Tuesday (September 20th) and each Tuesday following We meet from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. at Panera Bread in the Community Room. We will continue our study of James. Come on out men!!
Tithes and Offerings
An offering box is available when you enter or exit the sanctuary. Additionally, online giving opportunities are available on the website.
July Financial Report
Offerings: Monthly: $16,821.96 YTD: $116,288.57
Expenses: Monthly: $14,438.34 YTD: $106,870.95
We have also received monies designated for our capital campaign and building fund. In July we received $2,930.84 for restricted giving and $2,215.00 in our capital campaign.
Brad Huddleston Ministries is our mission focus in September. Brad and Beth use research-based information to assist parents as they navigate online digital use with their children. They have worked with schools and parents in the US, South Africa, Australia, Philippines, and other areas of the world. Brad is the author of Digital Cocaine – A Journey Toward iBalance. Visit their website to learn more about this ministry.
ComfortCare Women’s Health requests the honor of your presence at our Annual Fall Fundraising Banquet
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Cornerstone Church of Augusta
1156 Tinkling Spring Rd, Staunton, VA 24401
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Dinner served at 6:30 pm
An opportunity to invest in the ComfortCare ministry will be extended at the end of the evening.
Adults only please, as seating is limited. If you are interested in attending this banquet, please contact Kim Holman (540.649.1703)
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!
Kerry Keyes (9/16); Christopher Haynes (9/24); Dede Hamilton & Marge Sass (9/26)