Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Which do you think is more important: what you believe about God or the way you live your life before God? Is making sure our theology is lined up with the Scriptures more important than our actions, or does God care more about how we act than he does about who believe him to be? Notice what John says in 1 John 3:11, “For this is the message that you have received from the beginning, that we should love one another.” John makes it clear that the Christian message (the revelation God has given us about Jesus) and the call to actively love others are both absolutely necessary for the Christian life. We have to know the message (that is, the Scriptures) if we want to live in a way that glorifies God. Knowing and doing the message are both vitally important for living the Christian life in a way that is pleasing to the Father. This Sunday we will focus on 1 John 3:11-15, as we continue our series The Letters of John: The Christian Community in Confusing Times.
Here are a few items to have on your mind this week:
Outdoor Worship Service: Sunday, August 30 at 6:00 pm
Join us for an outdoor worship service on Sunday, August 30 at 6:00 pm! The service will include worship music led by our music director, Dave Wright. We’ll provide additional information for this service in the coming weeks.
Saturday Morning Men’s Bible Study to Resume on September 12
The Saturday morning men’s bible study will take a break until the Saturday after Labor Day, and will resume on September 12 at 8:00 am.
Book Club: Friday, August 14 at 10:00am
There will be a book club meeting at the church on Friday, August 14 at 10:00 am in room 3/4 to discuss upcoming readings. If you have any questions, contact Diane Walker.
John Klingberg: Please pray for John Klingberg whose health has declined in recent weeks and is now under hospice care. Pray that he would rest in God’s presence and that the Lord would strengthen him, Joanne, and their family.
For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. (1 John 3:11)