“If You Are....Then”

It was the greatest confrontation between two individuals ever recorded. Nothing would ever match this encounter. The devil had waited a very, very long time for this moment – thousands of years! But now he was finally face-to-face and alone with Jesus - the Son of God. The scriptures make no mention of any earlier reconnaissance on the part of Satan regarding Christ. Looking back at Genesis 3 we now know that this meeting was evitable; but it would be more than just one meeting. Luke tells us that following the temptation of Christ that the devil “departed from him until an opportune time.” The dynamic struggle would last for three years; at times more direct than others. But, from all that we know, this was the first: and the devil went after the Son of God.

I’m sharing this story today because it fits well with our examination of pride. In fact, pride is at the very center of the assault unleashed by Satan on Christ. In each of the first two temptations there is an explicit charge questioning the Sonship of Christ. And though not directly spoken in the third temptation, the implication is strikingly clear. Here they are:

“If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”

“If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’

And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”

Countless pages have been devoted to the examination of this wilderness temptation – hopefully, I will keep mine to a bare minimum.

The temptation directed to Jesus penetrates to the very core of His being - “If You are the Son of God.” Though never mentioned in the preceding verses recalling the baptism of Jesus we are led to believe that Satan is, in some regard, nearby. And, if that is the case, then clearly his questioning of Jesus’ Sonship is a result of those words utter from heaven, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” The “tempter” is playing with pride; striking at the very essence of the relationship between Father and Son. “Hey, if you’re really God’s Son – prove it! The same millennial aged tactics deployed in the Garden.

So what does this have to do with you and me? Everything – except we hear it in a slightly different manner.

“If you are a Child of God, then...do this, or that!”

It’s the same attack of pride. Our adversary knows it so well because he used it on himself! Thinking he would rise to great heights in his own eyes, he fell into a condition of disgrace and destruction before all the eyes of the hosts of heaven. Pride is his plan and purpose for the disabling of those seeking to serve Christ; he would have them serve themselves. May we, in the humility of Christ Jesus, submit ourselves to the God of grace and stand securely in the devil’s retreat.

In Need of Such Grace,



“Being Right – But Not Righteous” Text: Philippians 3:1-11
Pastor Bob Clark

SUNDAY SCHOOL – we are taking a summer break from Sunday School classes and will resume in the Fall

DEACONS’ FUND OFFERING – This Sunday, we will be collecting the Deacons’ Fund Offering for the Mercy Ministries of the Church

ICE CREAM SOCIAL – This Sunday, August 13th at 4:30 at CPC. The Missions Committee will provide hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks and ice cream. Please bring a side dish to share. All donations will support our sponsored orphanage in Gonaives, Haiti.

TABLE TALK MAGAZINE – If you are a paid subscriber to Table Talk Magazine, your next issue is available at the Welcome Counter.

GIVING TO COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS – At the Welcome Center you will find a list of items being collected for Tools for Schools. Please pick up a list of needed items at the Welcome Center. There is a box in the foyer marked for these donations to be given to Charles Elementary School for students in need. Thank you for giving.

NURSERY AND JR. CHURCH MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES – There are many opportunities to minister to our Covenant Children at CPC. Volunteers are needed for both Sunday School and Worship times in the Nursery and PreK–K Jr. Church. Volunteers are scheduled on a rotation and all teaching materials will be provided by the church. If you are interested in volunteering in our Nursery or Jr. Church, please contact the church office 765.966.4017 or email office@knowingchirst.net.

CIRCLE U HELP CENTER – CIRCLE U FOOD DELIVERY - If you would be interested in being part of a CPC Ministry Team that would assist Circle U with the distribution of food one Saturday a quarter please contact Lance Fowler at lance@mats.org. Please plan to arrive at 1:30 p.m. in order to distribute the food from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 26th

COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERS – Richmond Community Food Pantry, 306 N.19th St. is looking for volunteers to help the 3rd Monday of each month from 1-3pm. If you would be interested in helping or if you have any questions, please contact Deb Gentry at debbieg400@gmail.com or call 765.935.1833


Nigeria: Freed Chibok Girls Held

Elizabeth waited three years for Boko Haram to release her youngest daughter, 20-year-old Mariam. Today, months after Mariam gained her freedom, Elizabeth is still waiting to bring her daughter home.

Government officials are holding Mariam and the other 81 girls released with her in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. Elizabeth said she and other families aren’t being told why they can’t have their girls back. Since Mariam’s release in May, Elizabeth has only seen her daughter for about 24 hours.

“We are not angry because there is nothing we can do,” Elizabeth told a VOM worker. “But we would love to have her at home. There is nothing we can do and nobody is communicating with us. We don’t know anything that is happening, but we know that they are safe now.”

Boko Haram abducted Mariam and 218 other girls around midnight on April 14, 2014, as they slept at their boarding school. The Islamist group then traveled with the girls for about four days to its headquarters in the Sambisa forest. During her recent time with her daughter, Elizabeth learned the girls didn’t eat during the journey. More than once, they slept among snakes.

“The only thing that saved them was God,” said Elizabeth, who has three other children. “They shouldn’t be alive. Mariam was telling me, ‘Mom it is only God that rescued me. Only God.’”

Elizabeth hasn’t heard the details about Mariam’s life under Boko Haram’s control. She does know, however, that her daughter’s faith is still intact. The night of the abduction, Mariam managed to grab her Bible and a hymnal. During her time in captivity, she hid the books from her captors, reading them as often as possible. The day of her release, Mariam held the books in her hands. “Mom, I depend on God and nothing else,” she told her mother during their brief reunion.

Prior to the 82 girls being released, other “Chibok girls” had been released following negotiations with the Nigerian government. Others were able to flee on their own. Today, 113 girls remain in custody.

Our cry is still for those remaining to be rescued,” Elizabeth said. “Our prayer is that God would rescue them.”

Posted: August 2, 2017
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