Month: September 2016

Come and Support these Friends and Servants

I asked you to pray for Steven and Meg Collier everyday this week; how are you doing?

Is the LORD leading you to support them financially? Is the LORD asking you to join thInline image 1eir prayer team?

And now, THREE REASONS you should come this Saturday to hear about their ministry:

#1: God’s heart is for the nations. We will not reflect God’s heart if we do not sacrifice time and money to invest in the nations. Even if you do not give a cent to Steve and Meg or to Ukraine. Their work and passion for Jesus beyond the globe will encourage you. Your kids will benefit too, maybe even more.
#2: We are a supporting church. Cornerstone Church commits dollars each month to their ministry. You will vote again in November on whether we continue to do that and for a certain amount. It’s good stewardship to know where our money goes. We need to hear about their ministry as we decide on whether to continue our investment.
#3: Missions is hard. The Apostle Paul was one of the first missionaries. Whenever he received a word of encouragement, gift of money, or had a moment of time with a supporting Christian, it meant the world to him. It will mean the world to Steve and Meg to have you there.

 

Join us: 3PM this Sunday at the Church Facility. There will be a time of prayer over Steve and Meg, stories from their service, and a nice ice cream dessert 🙂

September 25, 2016: Matthew 28:18-20 “How Do We Make Disciples?”

Big Idea:  Influence changes individuals and influence changes the world.  Who is influencing you and who are you influencing for Jesus Christ?


Kids SS – God’s Promise to David and Us

The Gospel ProjectIsn’t it wonderful that God is one that keeps his promises. You can count on the fact that God will always keep his word. Here’s what you need to know for this week:

  • The passage: 2 Samuel 7
  • key verse: Psalm 47:7-8.
  • Theme: God promises that Jesus would come from David’s family.
  • The big picture question: “Who Is Our King?”
  • The big picture answer: “Jesus is our King forever, and He rules over the world.”

We skip ahead in the story quite a bit this week. David is now seated on the thrown as the king of Israel and his life of turmoil is finally at peace. Saul is dead and the kingdom is in hand. Now David’s mind turns to building a house for God. But God says that instead God will build a house for David. God promises that there will always be a king from his family on the thrown in Israel. It will never be taken away, like it was taken from Saul.

That promise was given to David, and it holds true today. Jesus is the Davidic king promised to David. The genealogies in the gospels make clear that Jesus is the promised king, and it looks to this important passage as the source of that promise. Not all of the kings in David’s line were stellar. Some were downright rotten. But God always kept his promise to David.

This would be a great week to venture into your own genealogy. As a family, trace your roots back, and as you do, talk about how God has been at work in your family. Maybe you have a rich spiritual heritage you can trace back. Maybe you have cautionary tales to tell of people from your past. In either case, focus on how God works in history, and how he keeps his promises.

Another great activity would be to read the genealogies in the gospels. How many characters can you and your kids identify? See Matthew 1:1-17, and for a cute and creative way to go through them, listen to Matthew’s Begats by Andrew Peterson (on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snURV57_tjo)

Have a great week.


Disaster Response Needed…

disaster_relief_pageDear Church Family,
Our city is about to face another horrible flood. The emotional strain of 2008 is already being felt.
We need your help. Hear are some key ways to serve:
#1: Sign up at the United Way for Disaster Response: http://www.uweci.org/ (there are already 2 opportunities posted; more will come.)
#2: Maranatha Bible Church is loading valuables and putting up sandbags at 1:30PM today (Friday).
#3: Pray. Pray for mercy from God.
Thank you,
Matt

Stump the Pastor, Question 2

stump1The second Stump the Pastor question this week is this:

“Why did Jesus say that the Prince of this world is Satan if He (Jesus) was given all authority on heaven and on earth?”

This is a fantastic question.

You are right that Satan is described as a Being with immense power and influence. It’s in John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11 where Jesus calls Satan “the prince of this world.” Paul calls Satan “the ruler of the kingdom of the air” (Ephesians 2:2). Clearly, Satan still has a measure of power in this world.

Note also, that Jesus says Satan’s power has been impacted by Jesus’ first coming: John 12:31-32 “Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

So too, Christians have power over this powerful enemy. Luke 10:17-20 reads this way:

The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” 18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Observe that Jesus warns those 1st century Christians that power over darkness (through Christ) is not to be main focus of our rejoicing. Rejoice in your salvation. Beware of directly mocking or messing with Satan at all, says Jude: In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings. 9 But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (NIV  Jude 1:8-9) If the great archangel Michael steers clear of the great enemy, we would be wise to avoid him as well.

Now, back to the question at hand. It appears that Satan has limited authority under Christ’s universal authority. Satan has this earth. This is his realm. But he’s on a leash. He’s a lion, but a caged lion. A dragon, but a crippled, bleeding, and deranged dragon. Why doesn’t Jesus overthrow Him now? We don’t really know. Jesus will crush Satan in the days to come (see Romans 16:19-20; Revelation 19-20). Jesus is LORD of EVERYTHING; Satan’s lordship is temporary and limited. We can be saved out of the kingdom of darkness and brought into the Kingdom of the Son (Colossians 1:12-14). Satan’s power is primarily in his lies. He deceives, tempts, and lures, but it appears this serves a glorious end purpose that will eventually bring glory to God and be a great good to us (Rom. 8:28). Resist the devil, submit to God.

Never ignore, mock, or underestimate Satan’s power, but oh how much more importantly, never ignore, mock, or underestimate the conquering power of Jesus Christ.