03/03/17

CPC THIS WEEK
THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH March 3, 2017

Priming the Pump

This Sunday we’ll continue in our series regarding the character and nature of God – “What is God?” This Sunday we move from God’s Wisdom to His Holiness. And like any other of God’s attributes, His Holiness is hardly a one-week topic. So, in a somewhat directed-randomness manner, I’ve selected a few quotes that examine God’s Holiness with the hope that they will “prime the pump” for my contributions this Sunday. Please take your time reading through these thoughts that encourage us to pursue and enjoy the holiness we now possess through the righteousness of Christ.

For His Holiness,

PB

“To summarize, then, it appears that Christian holiness is a number of things together.

It has both outward and inward aspects. Holiness is a matter of both action and motivation, conduct and character, divine grace and human effort, obedience and creativity, submission and initiative, consecration to God and commitment to people, self-discipline and self-giving, righteousness and love. It is a matter of Spirit-led law-keeping, a walk, or course of life, in the Spirit that displays the fruit of the Spirit (Christlikeness of attitude and disposition). It is a matter of seeking to imitate Jesus' way of behaving, through depending on Jesus for deliverance from carnal self-absorption and for discernment of spiritual needs and possibilities.”

― J.I. Packer, Rediscovering Holiness

“When we understand the character of God, when we grasp something of His holiness, then we begin to understand the radical character of our sin and hopelessness. Helpless sinners can survive only by grace. Our strength is futile in itself; we are spiritually impotent without the assistance of a merciful God. We may dislike giving our attention to God's wrath and justice, but until we incline ourselves to these aspects of God's nature, we will never appreciate what has been wrought for us by grace. Even Edwards's sermon on sinners in God's hands was not designed to stress the flames of hell. The resounding accent falls not on the fiery pit but on the hands of the God who holds us and rescues us from it. The hands of God are gracious hands. They alone have the power to rescue us from certain destruction.”

― R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God

“The Bible is realistic about holiness. Don’t think that all this glorious talk about dying to sin and living to God [Romans 6] means there is no struggle anymore or that sin will never show up in the believer’s life. The Christian life still entails obedience.

It still involves a fight. But it’s a fight we will win. You have the Spirit of Christ in your corner, rubbing your shoulders, holding the bucket, putting his arm around you and saying before the next round with sin, ‘You’re going to knock him out, kid.’ Sin may get in some good jabs. It may clean your clock once in a while. It may bring you to your knees. But if you are in Christ it will never knock you out. You are no longer a slave, but free. Sin has no dominion over you. It can’t. It won’t. A new King sits on the throne.

You serve a different Master. You salute a different Lord.”

― Kevin DeYoung, The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap Between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness

“The more eminently that any one excels in holiness, the farther he feels himself from perfect righteousness, and the more clearly he perceives that he can trust nothing but the mercy of God alone. Hence it appears, that those are grossly mistaken who conceive that the pardon of sin is necessary ONLY to the beginning of righteousness. As believers are every day involved in many faults, it will profit them nothing that they have once entered the way of righteousness, unless the same grace which brought them into it accompany them to the last step of life.”

― John Calvin, Commenting on Psalm 32:1


CPC MINISTRY INFORMATION

SUNDAY'S SERMON
Title:
“Upholding God’s Holiness” Text: Numbers 20:2-13
Pastor Bob Clark

The cloth on the cross has been changed to purple because we have entered the season of Lent. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. Lent is the 40-day period leading up to Easter not counting Sundays because on Sunday we celebrate Christ's resurrection for our salvation. The 40 days commemorate the 40-day fasts of Moses, Elijah and Jesus. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday.

The color of Lent is purple – the same as Advent. The reason being is that the church has always understood the connection between His coming and His passion: “The Son of Man came (advent) ... to give His life as a ransom for many (passion). Purple speaks of royalty, of kingship. Purple is made up of the colors blue (which speaks of heaven) and red (which speaks of blood). The message communicated is that Jesus, the King of Heaven came to shed his blood so that we might have peace with God.

COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL – will host an Open House Sunday 1-3 pm Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade. You may re-register for 2017-18 school year.

CHOIR REHEARSAL Choir will rehearse on Wednesday, March 8th at 7pm
INSPIRE – Thursday, March 9th at the church from 6:45pm - 8:45pm. Laura Wood will share her story and

Judy Ford will speak on hospitality.
MEN’S PRAYER BREAKFAST – will meet Sat. March 11th at 8am at the church

DEACONS’ FUND OFFERING – We will be collecting the Deacons’ Fund Offering for the Mercy Ministries of the Church next week.

YOUTH FUNDRAISER PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Sunday, March 12th. Breakfast begins at 9:30am, followed by Worship at 10:30 (no Sunday School).

CPC OFFICER NOMINATIONS –The Session will be receiving nominations for the offices of Elder and Deacon until Sunday, March 12th. The nominee must be a male member of the church (or will become a member prior to election) 18 years or older. To nominate, you must be a communicant member. Also, you

should speak with the individual to be sure he would be willing to both serve, if elected, and participate in an officer training class. Nomination forms are at the Welcome Center

MISSION’S COMMITTEE will meet Sunday 12/Mar/17 at 8:15 am in the first classroom on right in west hall.

NEWS ALERT! – Lifemates has been revived! Lifemates is a group for married couples of all ages! Our first of four events a year will be March 18th from 6-8:30pm at the Kehlinbrink's home. It will be a speed couple dating event where you meet with other couples to get to know them a little better. Heavy appetizers and dessert included. There is a 20 couple limit on this event so sign up ASAP! $5 per couple

SHORT STACKS FOR A CAUSE – Applebee®’s Flapjack Fundraiser Event to support Good News Habitat for Humanity. Saturday, March 18th 8am-10am. Contact Shana Lewis 765.962.5988 or lewissk21@gmail.com. Tickets are $8

CPC FAMILY GAME NIGHT – Please join us on Fri, Mar 24 for a Family Game Night at the church. The evening will also include a pizza dinner. More details coming soon.

CONCERT – Ali Deckard will be singing & playing in the CPC Lobby Fri, Apr7th

VICTORY LANE CAMP We all want to experience the joy of serving others and to share that joy with the next generation. See how Victory Lane Camp can give you the opportunity to do that through a local summer camp. Read one family’s story below.

http://victorylanecamp.org/brewster-blessings/
Learn how to sign up for camp by visitingwww.VictoryLaneCamp.org/serve.

WOMEN’S MINISTRY
Tuesday Morning Ladies’ Bible Study, Old Testament overview, led by Pastor Bob Clark, meets Tuesday

mornings at 8:30 a.m. in the fireplace area at the church.

INSPIRE Thursday, March 9th at the church from 6:45pm - 8:45pm. Laura Wood will share her story and Judy Ford will speak on hospitality.

SAVE THE DATE!
CONCERT – Ali Deckard will be singing & playing in the CPC Lobby Fri, Apr7th at 7:30 pm

THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD 

India: The Bible

As Christians, we’ve been called to proclaim the gospel know God’s Word. But what about our brothers and sisters around the world who are unable to read the Scriptures?

Fortunately, as Romans 10:17 tells us, faith comes from hearing the word of Christ, not only by reading it. Technology like the micro SD cards that The Voice of the Martyrs distributes throughout the world can help illiterate Christians know the Bible in detail.

Sukdev, 48, left Hinduism for Christianity a decade ago, and wanted to learn more about the Bible so he could better share the gospel with Hindus in his village in India. At the time, however, he couldn’t read.

His young daughter, Luxmi, would often read the Bible to him when she wasn’t at school or doing housework, but it wasn’t enough for Sukdev. Luxmi also would accompany her father as he met with villagers to teach them about Jesus, occasionally reading Bible verses to them, but she wasn’t always available. Sukdev desired to have instant access the Scriptures.

Then one day, Sukdev’s desires were fulfilled. VOM provided him with a micro SD card containing audio files of the Bible in multiple languages along with discipleship materials. VOM distributed 15,000 of these SD card Bibles in India in 2016 as part of our efforts to get a Bible to every believer.

“He was so grateful that he was moved to tears, because with this tool in his basic mobile phone,” a VOM worker said. “he could suddenly go anywhere, anytime to share the gospel.”

Today, Sukdev travels into new districts baptizing new believers, making disciples and planting churches in some of the most remote, difficult places of India near the Pakistan border. In many of these areas, public transportation is not available. He often walks miles from village to village.

Even though he often faces persecution as he travels, he knows the need for Hindus to hear about Jesus is greater than his need to stay safe.

“Since I have learned the truth, I have to share it,” Sukdev told a VOM worker.

With his SD card, Sukdev now conducts a Bible study every day, no longer dependent on his daughter to do the reading. He also daily shares his testimony and prays with others – sometimes multiple times a day. He often takes others with him, mentoring them in how to share Christ’s love with people who oppose Him.

“This man is bold,” a VOM worker said. “There is even a report that he gave a micro SD card containing Christian audio files to an Indian Border Security Forces officer patrolling the Pakistan border.”

After years of faithful witnessing, Sukdev now helps lead a network of more than 300 house churches.

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!

BIRTHDAYS! March

3 Bob Clark

3  Shirley Morgan

4  Frank Koditek

14  Les Hunt

15  Nathaniel Cheek

15  Robert Foust

16  V al Moore

17  Sharon Watt

19 Calvin Pfeil

25  Grace Anderson

26  Jaimee Kreps

30 Gail Bratton

ANNIVERSARIES! March

18 Bob & Nedra Clark
31 Tom & Mindy Deckard 

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