Pastor Post: 1/16/2020

Church Family,

Noah learned of God’s faithfulness after building the ark for 100 years. Esther knew that the invisible God pulls the strings of history after she spoke in faith to the King of Persia. Peter saw Jesus’ raw power after he took his own step on the water. Hudson Taylor witnessed God’s saving purposes after he left his homeland and built a life in China for 51 years. Those who planted Cornerstone Church didn’t see a single convert until after they left the safety of their former church family.

What steps of faith is God asking us to take? What will happen after we do?

One piece in that puzzle is our church-wide seminar, How God’s Church Grows,” on Saturday February 8th, from 10AM-3PM. You can sign up in the church building’s main foyer. You can read more and sign up online today at this web address: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-gods-church-grows-church-planting-retreat-weekend-tickets-89405499255

The event is for our entire church family. The elders desire each person in our church to grow in their understanding and role in church growth and multiplication. Come with your heart open to the LORD’s leading in your life.

Bonus update: Pastor Gary and I have selected Meegan Dyrland as the church’s new administrative assistant. Meegan has a track record of great organizational savvy, a strong work ethic, and experience in administrative work in a local church. She’ll begin the first week of February, with the plan of working most of her 10 hours per week on Wednesdays, and then using Thursday or Friday to finish up her other tasks. Pray for her transition into this new role; when you see her, thank her for joining the staff team!

For the joy, despite the cost, for the family,

Pastor Matt 

January 19, 2020: Mark 8:22-30 “Beginning to See”

Big Idea: Unless Jesus opens our eyes, we will only see in part.

Kids SS – Q4: How and why did God create us?

This week our question is:
How and why did God create us? God created us male and female in his own image to glorify God.
Our memory verse is Genesis 1:27
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

J.C. Ryle said
The glory of God is the first thing the God’s children should desire…It is the purpose for which the world was created. It is the end for which the saints are called and converted. It is the chief thing we should seek, that “God in all things may be glorified (1 Pet 4:11)”.

This week, talk to your children about their purpose in life. Why are they here. The purpose of all creation is to glorify God. In what ways do you make that your goal in life? How can you share that goal with your family.
Glory has behind it the idea of light and weight. It is the display of the radiance of who God is. And it is recognizing the worth and weight of him. Our purpose in life is to display his radiance and tell of his worth. Tell your children this week how great God is and how much He is worth.

January 12, 2020: Mark 8:1-21 “Exposing Unbelief”

Big Idea: The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried. – G. K. Chesterton

Kids SS – Q3: How many persons are there in God?

Question #3 is:
How many persons are there in God? There are three persons in one God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

The memory verse is 2 Corinthians 13:14
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

All analogies of the trinity break down (and in this funny little youtube video show how some of them are down right heretical) so it is hard to talk about the trinity with your child. Rather than trying to help your child “understand” the trinity, try helping your child “confess” the trinity. A God that we can understand completely would be a god of our own making anyway, so it should stand to reason that we can’t figure it out. But we can confess something to be true even though we can’t completely understand it.
By way of another bad analogy, I can’t understand how oxygen is absorbed into my molecules to make me live. It’s too complicated for me. But I believe that I must breathe. And that belief works out in me every time I take a breath. You don’t have to fully understand something to confess that it is true.
We believe that God is 3 in persons and one in essence, each person of the Trinity fully God, and there is one God. I can’t understand it, but I can believe it and confess it to be true.
Here’s another nice video from Alistair Begg that might help you think about how to talk to your kids about the trinity.