04/14/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH April 14, 2017

“Not in the Grave Forever!”

(The following is taken from one of Dr. R.C. Sproul’s Ligonier devotionals)

“For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead”
1 Corinthians 15:21

Today we conclude our brief look at the work of Christ with a short study of His resurrection. Since our study has emphasized the work of Jesus as a man to merit righteousness for us and to atone for sin, let us first remind ourselves of the connection between our Lord’s resurrection and those aspects of His work. As we noted in our examination of Romans 4:25, that Jesus was “raised for our justification” is proof that His life and death were acceptable to God. Our Lord’s resurrection is His vindication, the declaration that He indeed was perfectly righteous and was therefore a suitable offering to turn away the wrath of God and also the firm basis upon which we can be declared just before the Father. If Jesus had stayed dead, it would have proven that death had a rightful claim over Him, and since death has a rightful claim only over sinners, Jesus’ remaining dead would have meant that He was a sinner and not our Redeemer.

In 1 Corinthians 15:20–28, Paul considers other benefits of our Savior’s resurrection, namely the defeat of death and His being raised to life as the firstfruits of the resurrection of His people. Here we see the Christus Victor motif of the atonement and resurrection—Christ as the conqueror of our enemies death and sin. Operating under the sovereignty of God, death is our foe. It is even God’s foe as well, for He is the Lord of life. By our sin in Adam, we granted the right for death to claim us as part of the divine curse. By His righteous life, Christ destroyed any claim that death had over Him and those who are united to Him. Death threw its worst at our Lord, killing Him. But our Father was working in the midst of all that, using death as His instrument to pour out His wrath on our sin and raising Christ to life to prove that this wrath had been satisfied. By defeating the power of death, Jesus rendered it powerless over His people.

Thus, Jesus is the “firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (v. 20). Jesus was raised from the dead for our justification, yes, but He was also raised for our own resurrection. In other words, because Christ was raised from the dead, we will be raised as well. One day, our physical bodies will be resurrected, and we will be glorified, just as Jesus was. We have been united to Christ, having died to sin, and that union means that we are also united to Him in the resurrection (Rom. 6:5). Our bodies will not remain in the grave forever. At the last day, our spirits will be reunited with them to live forever in the new heavens and earth.

CPC MINISTRY INFORMATION

SUNDAY'S SERMON
Title:
“The Resurrection: Not Ashamed!” Text: 2 Timothy 1:8-14
Pastor Bob Clark

GOOD FRIDAY PRAYER & MEDITAION the church is open TODAY, Friday, April 14th until 3pm. Come and pray or meditate on the Lord during the time that He hung on the cross.

MEN’S PRAYER BREAKFAST – TOMORROW Saturday, April 15th at 8am at the church
YOUTH CAR WASH – TOMORROW Saturday, April 15th from 10am – 2pm at the church, weather

permitting

SUNDAY SCHOOL – For all Ages (Pre-k through Adult) There will be NO Sunday School this week.

CHILDRENS CHURCH Grades 1 & 2 will join their parents during Worship today.

YOU NEVER STOP BEING A PARENT LIFE GROUP meets Tuesday, the 18th at 7pm at the church. See Pastor Bob Clark for more information

YOUNG MARRIED LIFE GROUP meets Thursday the 20th from 6-7:30pm at the church for a study on the book of Acts. For more information see Jeff and Shannon Schrage

THURSDAY NIGHT BOOK GROUP will meet Thursday, April 20th at 6:30-7:30pm in the Church Office. See Maureen Bradley for more information

EASTER SERVICE Sunday, April 16th at 9:30 a.m.

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 here: http://victorylanecamp.org/brewster-blessings/ Learn how to sign up for camp by visiting www.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 – May 11 at 6:45pm -8:45pm in the CPC foyer (350 Henley Rd. Richmond, IN) Dessert & 2 speakers: 1 sharing a Practical focus & 1 sharing part of "Her Story" a testimony of God's faithfulness in her life. Fellowship, Connect, Discuss, Pray.

THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD 

Iran: The Book on the Train

My name is “Navid” and I am 28. I have a small shop where I sell goods. Some time ago, I felt lost in life. In this chaos, I wanted to end my life, but I was afraid because the Quran says whoever commits suicide will find himself in hell.

I had to go to Turkey to buy more products for my shop. On the train home, I met two Christians. They talked to me in English, which I did not know very well, and asked me what nationality I was. I answered that I am Iranian, and they gave me a New Testament.

Even before I reached the border of Iran, I read all four Gospels. And all the questions about spiritual things I had accumulated, I found answers for in that book. I found peace, and because I did not know how to pray, I prayed the prayer written in Matthew, “The Lord’s Prayer,” and told Jesus I wanted to be his follower.

When I reached the border, I exited the train to pass through immigration and left the New Testament by my seat. When I returned, I was so sad to see that it was missing. Someone had taken it because it is not allowed to take Christian books inside the country.

I sat down to think about the words I read in the last hours so I could remember as much as I could. I returned home with a great sorrow. That first meeting with the Book was worth more than anything sweet I could have in my life.

After many months, a man entered my shop. I could see he was different. I asked him who he was, and he told me he was a guest in the city. I told him there was something different and so attractive about him because he was happy and smiling. “I am a Christian,” he told me. “Maybe that is what makes me different.” I asked if he were Armenian or Assyrian [Christian minority people in Iran], but he told me he was a Muslim convert. I told him my story of how I got to know Jesus through the four gospels. He handed me a small memory card and told me I would find the Bible, other Christian material and worship songs in Farsi [the language of most Iranians] on it. I was so happy.

We exchanged phone numbers and months later he returned. This time he invited me to a house church meeting and introduced me to other Iranian Christians. He also brought me a New Testament.
Today, those believers are my family, and we gather together to worship Jesus, pray and read His Word. I have the real peace in my heart.

The man who met Navid is part of a team sponsored by VOM. These workers travel throughout Iran sharing the gospel, distributing literature and discipling new believers. If you would like to be a part of this work, you can support Bibles to Captive Nations here.

Source: VOM Sources Posted: April 4, 2017 ©2017 The Voice of the Martyrs. All rights reserved. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

BIRTHDAYS!

April

2 Phil Bradley

5  Beth Allen

6  Gwinn Gibbs

7  Nicole Scheffler

10  Lori Staifer

11  Titus Moore

13 Brian Cheek 

 13 Lance Fowler

 13 LaTonya Todd

15  Benjamin Harrington

16  Emily Fredrick

17  Lydia Golden

18  Tim Soots

19  Angie Bowen

19  Dave Hall

20  Caleb Cook

21  Jennifer Luker

24 Karin Price

28  Lori Fowler

29  Lia Steinfort

30  Tony Angilella

ANNIVERSARIES!

April

15 Robert & Sharon Foust 

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