January 19, 2018
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
Last Sunday we looked at what it means to belong to God, but also that everyone else belongs to God too. I challenged you to begin looking past the outward appearance of people and begin to see them as children of God, loved by God, and entitled to the same inheritance from God. I pray you have been able to see people in new ways this week.
This Sunday we look at the assurance we have in Jesus Christ of our salvation. In a day and time when we desire to have guarantees for everything, how can we be assured of our salvation? What assures you, and have you ever wondered about your salvation. The title of our message this week is “Blessed Assurance”, which is probably Fanny Crosby’s most beloved hymn. Our Scripture lesson comes from 1 John 5:10-12 and you can read it by clicking here. Ask someone to come with you this week.
We had a great response to our new discipleship group studying Love to Stay by Rev. Adam Hamilton. There were five families that committed to working towards a stronger marriage. This group meets on Tuesday nights at Jerry and Joy Miller’s home at 6:30. Childcare is provided.
Sunday nights we are reading the seven letters from Paul. I hear some of you saying, “Wait, Pastor, Paul wrote thirteen letters.” True, there are 13 letters attributed to Paul in the New Testament, however, scholars are only confident that Paul wrote seven of them. We are going in the order they were believed to have been written: 1 Thessalonians, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians chapters 10-13, 2 Corinthians chapters 1-9, Galatians, Philippians, Philemon, and Romans. The new film about Paul’s life comes out at the end of March and we will all be going to see this film as a part of this class. You don’t have to read ahead, just come to class with your Bible and ready to engage the text. We meet at 5:00 on Sunday’s.
Permission forms were sent home with our youth grades 6-12 for Veritas. Veritas is the last weekend of February and is a great weekend of worship and discipleship growth for our youth. We want to encourage all of our youth who are old enough to go to attend. Please have them bring the forms back to WOW this Wednesday.
I want to say a big thank you for serving over 900 people at Mission Outreach last year! This has become a vital ministry for our church and I am thankful that you have embraced the people who come to Mission Outreach. I would like to see each of our discipleship groups, Sunday School, small groups, WOW, etc. commit to serving once per quarter as a group in addition to what our churches have committed to serving.
Happening this week
Sunday School @ Pruett’s Chapel – 9:00 A.M.
Worship @ Pruett’s Chapel – 10:00 A.M.
Sunday School @ Shiloh – 10:00 A.M.
Worship @ Shiloh – 11:00 A.M.
Worship @ Chateau – 4:00 P.M.
Pastor’s Discipleship Group – The Letters of Paul – @ Pruett’s Chapel – 5:00 P.M.
Discipleship Group – Love to Stay – @ The Miller’s Home – 6:30 P.M.
WOW Kids @ Pruett’s Chapel – 6:00 P.M.
WOW Youth @ Shiloh – 6:00 P.M.