Dear Church Family,
J. C. Ryle, a 19th century pastor, once said, “People generally die just as they have lived.” Nothing could be more true in the case of Jesus. In life, Jesus showed himself to be the true king—not of a worldly kingdom but a heavenly one. In life, he lived sacrificially for the good of others. Last week in John 19:38-42 we saw that in death, Jesus did no less. His burial both solidified his self-sacrifice and demonstrated his status as king. His sacrifice was apparent in the life-giving work it produced in Nicodemus and Joseph, and his kingship was apparent in the royal treatment of his burial. Brothers and sisters, the king died for you, that you might live for him. By Jesus’ death, you have been made heirs to a kingdom from which you were once exiles. Rejoice! And let your lives proclaim his self-sacrifice and kingship!
Serve One Another
We proclaim Christ’s self-sacrifice when we ourselves sacrifice. Would you consider committing to serve at Church on Mill on Sunday mornings for the following year (Aug 2018 – July 2019)? Click here for a list of serving positions. If you know where you’d like to serve, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know. Thank you!
Members Meeting Recap
It was great to see so many of you at our members meeting last Sunday. If you weren’t able to make it, here’s some highlights:
- Erik Naylor updated us on the East Asia mission trip (as well as Danni’s ping pong exploits)
- Pastor Tad challenged us to give sacrificially—not to make budget but to make Christ our treasure
- Logan and Brooke Murphy shared their intention to move to Light in the Desert Baptist Church to help with the important revitalization work going on there
- Pastor Chuck taught about the whole church’s responsibility to love each other towards Christ-likeness through the painful but loving means of discipline. To see the notes from his talk, click here.
Summer Bible Study
This summer join us on Wednesday nights from 6:30 – 8 pm in the West Wing for a study of Ephesians and a time of prayer. This study will be unique in that elders and residents will aim not only to teach what a passage means, but how to figure out what it means. Come be equipped to better read your Bibles and to teach others to read their Bibles. Childcare will be provided.
Your brother in Christ,