Congregational Meeting August 18, 2013. Agenda. Prayer And some technicalities Election of Elders Financial Update MY2014 Budget MY2014 Ministry Opportunities. Election of Officers. Jonathan Griffith rotating off of diaconate How do you become an officer?
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August 18, 2013
“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.” — John Piper
“The church, however, as the community of Christ’s kingdom, can show the world an ethical integrity it must respect. When Peter describes the impact of Christian righteous deeds in a pagan world, he is thinking not of isolated saints, but of the people of God, called out of darkness into God’s light. Christian witness that is limited to private religious experience cannot challenge secularism…
“Christians in community must again show the world, not merely family values, but the bond of the love of Christ. Increasingly the ordered fellowship of the church becomes the sign of grace for the warring factions of a disordered world. Only as the church binds together those whom selfishness and hate have cut apart will its message be heard and its ministry of hope to the friendless be received.” — E. Clowney
“There is a gap between an intellectual recognition of who Jesus is and a commitment to Him. Logically, it would seem that anyone who admits that Jesus is the Son of God should be willing to follow Him and obey Him. It is a truth which ought to transform their lives…
“But in fact there are many people who will give at least verbal assent to the proposition “Jesus is God,” but who do not seem to care very much about Jesus, or even pay Him much attention. It is clear then that what is necessary to become a Christian is not merely acceptance of a proposition on the basis of evidence, but a change in a person’s whole orientation to life.”
— C. Stephan Evans
-2007 study from Duke Divinity School