Sunday Happenings 8.30.15

Prayer Concerns                         (From the floor)

  1. Ned Myers
  2. Washington fires
  3. Ashley’s Aunt Sue that has cancer

Praises from Sunday

  1. Lauren’s great-grandparents 65thWedding Anniversary
  2. Volunteer’s for Youth
  3. Lauren’s Watkins got to ride on a hot air balloon
  4. Dip’s & Dog’s replacements for work

Sermon Highlights

Today’s message was entitled, “What Do I Look Like?”  Another words, how do we as Christians look like to the world?  Unless we look like our picture that Peter describes in 1 Peter chapter one and two, the world will continue to reject our witness for the Lord.  Some of us have a passport.  We need that passport to get into a different country and to move about in that country.  Our passports tell others what country we belong to, who you are, and even has a picture of you inside the cover of the passport.  Now I don’t know of to many people that like the picture of them that is displayed on their passport.  Most of us say “it’s the worst picture ever taken of me.”  You even say that the one taken ten years ago looks better than the current one taken.  But if we don’t look like our picture, then we are going nowhere.  Peter tells us in chapter 1 of 1 Peter that “we are strangers in this world.”  That means we have to have a passport showing others that we represent Jesus.  If we don’t look like our picture on our passport, the world has a word for that, “Hypocrite.”  Peter tells us what to do: “Prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.  As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance” (1 Peter 1:13-14).  Now Peter tells us what to look like:  “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: Be holy, because I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15-16).  Holy means that we are to be “set apart.”

Peter also says that we are redeemed.  “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver and gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect” (1 Peter 1:18-19).  Jesus paid the price for us on the cross to redeem us.  Our holiness and the fact that we are now redeemed should show the world that we are “Born Again.”

Peter says in (1 Peter 1:23); “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.”  Our passport needs to show the world that we are holy, redeemed and born again.  Otherwise we will not be able to move about in this world for Jesus!


  1. Maple Grove “Prayer Walk” this Wednesdayat 7:00 p.m.
  2. Information regarding the 5k walk/run and golf outing at Dips n Dogs is on the Mission Table.
  3. Sign-up for the 5k run/walk at Camp Mack.  Forms on the Welcome Center.
  4. Camp Mack is looking for new volunteers to join the Camp Mack Festival committee.  See Lauren Carrick for details.
  5. First Grader’s got a new Bible this morning (Sunday)!
  6. The men of the church will meet on September 15 to watch a John Maxwell tape.
  7. Sisters in Christ are going to Hacienda’s this Tuesday, September 1.
  8. Helpers are needed for Wednesdaynights for the first month or so.  See Tonda Carrick if you can help.
  9. Work day at Maple Grove is scheduled for September 12, starting at8:00 a.m.
  10. Maple Grove will be serving the Fairfield Football Team a meal onSeptember 25.  A donation list will be on the Welcome Center if you would like to help.
  11. AV/Car Show this coming Sundayat the Goshen Airport.  Helpers are needed and if you could donate bottled water is also needed.  Thanks for your help!

Have a blessed week!

Pastor Dwayne

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