Monday, June 3, 2013

One Reason to Ride

Pastor Brad greeted us on this sunny June morning and began by asking a question. "Do you really know Jesus or just know about Him?"

There were a number of announcements.
1. Next Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. we will have a campfire across the road and a time of fellowship.
2. Youth Group will meet Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
3. Brooke shared that VBS begins in two weeks. Volunteers are welcome for transporting children to and from VBS. We also need volunteers to provide meals and to serve. This year's theme is Kingdom Rocks.
4) Finally, the Bloodmobile will be back June 23. We need at least 15 to commit  in order to make it worth their while. Contact Ruthanne.

Darlene shared her testimony this morning and then shared a song that summed up her feelings and her life: "To Be Like Jesus."

One Reason To Ride
Pastor Brad's sermon this week was drawn from  Philippians 3:4-11. He began by sharing a little about college admissions. They use a points system to evaluate students' worthiness. Essentially, when everything is added up it is a form of keeping score.

In this passage Paul shares a little bit about his "score" with a personal life audit. The sum of it in modern parlance is that he was from the right kind of family, from the right kind of people, educated, disciplined, from the right schools, an overachiever and zealous. Yet in the end he declares, "Whatever is to my profit I count as loss." The more specific word in Greek is dung. His achievements, before knowing Christ, added up to nothing more than what you would flush down a toilet.

Paul states that what he once thought was important now has no value to him.

Too often in our culture we define ourselves by our achievements. Paul's life was once defined in those terms, but had a new definition, a new aim: To know Christ.

When you come to the hard places, at the end of the day knowing Christ is the one thing that will carry you through. Is Jesus a reality in your life? Is your knowledge of Jesus growing?

We then celebrated the sacrament of the Lord's Supper.

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