“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
May 20, 2018
When The Day Of Pentecost
Had Finally Come….
The disciples knew they had work to do and a mission to fulfill, and they knew they needed help in getting it done. They would face dangers, intellectual challenges, and personal weakness. For decades of dedication, they needed more than adrenaline — they needed the Holy Spirit. This is commemorated yearly in the Christian calendar with the day of Pentecost.
(art & text taken from www.gci.org)
Love The Lord ~ Live His Life
& Share Him With Others
…so as to help them enter into or deepen a relationship with their God!
– Call To Worship –
“Holy Spirit Thou Art Welcome”
“Come Holy Spirit”
“Because We Believe”
Prayers of Intercession
Sermon – Don Auxier
“Three-fold Mission of the Holy Spirit”
“Blessed Be You Name”
Worship God in Spirit and Truth
Grow in His Grace and Knowledge
Share the Love and Hope we have in Christ.
Grace Communion International – We are an international Christian fellowship, on mission with the Father, Son and Spirit, living and sharing the gospel in ways that birth all kinds of churches, for all kinds of people, in all kinds of places. As an international Christian fellowship, we have about 50,000 members formed into 900 churches spread across 100 countries.
Pastor David & Jonnie are attending a GCI Regional Pastor’s retreat in Ohio. Prayers for safe travels home this afternoon
Pastor David To Visit Haiti
Pastor David, along with Charles Fleming, GCI Mission Developer for the Caribbean, will be visiting our GCI congregation and school in Port-au-Prince Haiti. They will leave on Friday, July 13 and return on Monday July 16. While there, they will meet with Pastor Joseph & Georgette Franklin; and enjoy a worship service with the GCI congregation. Prayers that all goes well.
What We Do In The Crisis
What we do in the crisis always depends on whether we see the difficulties in the light of God, or God in the shadow of the difficulties.
G. Campbell Morgan (The Timothy Report, June 3, 2013)
Thanks For The Birthday Greetings
Greetings to so many of you, the beloved children of God!
Georgette and myself are fully blessed with so many years in our earthly existence. This is nothing comparing to the eternity with our Lord and Savior, but we all appreciate living long enough amidst the marvelous natural things that God created for us to enjoy.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for those wishes that all of you wrote to us. May the Lord of days bless you abundantly with longs days.
Joseph & Georgette Franklin — Haiti
The King’s Songbook
by Greg Williams –
Transcript from video presentation
Have you ever imagined what King David would be like if he were alive right now? It’s a fascinating question. Given his charismatic personality and musical gifting, it isn’t hard to imagine him onstage, playing his songs to sold-out crowds. David had the kind of powerful, artistic soul that lent itself to making incredible music, and the record he passed down to us through the Book of Psalms is an incredible testament to that.
How many of us have turned to those pages when we’re feeling lost, confused, or at the end of ourselves? Or perhaps we’ve turned there when we’re simply overjoyed by the grace and blessings of our Heavenly Father. Well, we aren’t the only ones. A “King” from our own era was just as fascinated with David: Elvis Presley.
That’s right, the King of Rock and Roll kept a well-worn copy of the Bible that was filled with notes throughout the Book of Psalms. It’s no secret that Elvis battled many of his own personal and public “demons,” fighting addiction and the many complications of fame. Yet for all of his dark times, he turned to the pages of the Psalms for hope and inspiration.
Perhaps that’s why he underlined so many of the verses like this: “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes” (Psalm 118:8-9 KJV)
At the bottom of the page, he declared, “Trust in the Lord. Not man.” Beneath Psalm 149, he simply reminded himself to, “Sing for the glory of God.”
While this may surprise those of us familiar with the legends surrounding him, it makes more sense when you think about Elvis the man. These simple reminders anchored him to his own gospel roots. After all, his 3 Grammy wins were all for gospel songs. Who can forget Elvis singing “How Great Thou Art”. I specifically love this line –
“And when I think, that God, His son not sparing; sent him to die, I scarce can take it in”
It’s a wonderful reminder of how expansive and marvelous the sacrifice of Jesus really was. We know that that great act captured Elvis’ imagination. Perhaps his love for the Psalms was born out of a kinship he felt towards the King of Israel who wrote them – a similarly flawed man who also had the weight of the world on his shoulders, and a powerful gift to share. And who recognized the need to live by the daily grace and faithfulness of the living God who rules over all circumstances, even time and space.
Whatever connection Elvis felt to the Psalms, it’s a powerful reminder that the Word of God is for everyone. Rock-stars and Kings, addicts and average joe’s. All of us are human beings with many facets to our lives and stories, and all of us need the redemption of Jesus.
The Good News our Lord came to share with us is that God’s forgiving love and transforming renewal in spirit is for everyone: Kings or not.
I’m Greg Williams, Speaking of LIFE
SEVEN FEASTS OF ISRAEL
1. PASSOVER – fulfilled 2. FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD– fulfilled
3. FEAST OF FIRSTFRUITS– fulfilled 4. FEAST OF PENTECOST– fulfilled
There are three big events left to be fulfilled. God’s future epic agenda will unfold right on God’s calendar. Three events will bring in the fulfillment of each of the remaining three Fall Feasts of Israel. The next feasts that are due to be fulfilled are – Feast of Trumpets , Day of Atonement, and Feast of Tabernacles.
So will the Hebrew calendar dates of those Fall Feasts deliver up earthshaking future events? Look at the first four feasts. Weren’t the first four feasts fulfilled? And did we not see epic events unfolding right on those very auspicious dates on the Hebrew calendar?
Dear saints. All seven of these feasts have been celebrated since the day God through his servant Moses gave them to us at Mt. Sinai 3500 years ago. So every one of them must be extremely important. So, will every one of those Seven Feasts of Israel, including the Fall Feasts, be fulfilled as well?
Most assuredly they will!
As we have seen, the first three of the feasts, the spring feasts, have already had their New Covenant fulfillment. They were fulfilled by Jesus Himself in his death, burial, and resurrection. Jesus fulfilled them right on the set calendar dates of the feasts. He entered Jerusalem 2,000 years ago right on the day appointed in His first coming as Messiah. He came as the Suffering Servant, riding on a donkey. Four days later, just as the Passover lambs were being killed He gave His life blood for us on the cross of Calvary. He was the promised Sacrifice Lamb. So He was crucified on Passover. He was buried that night and laid in the tomb just in time for the Feast of Unleavened Bread. On the third day he rose from the grave. On the Feast of Firstfruits He was resurrected as the firstfruits from the dead. 1 Cor 15:20 “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.” 1 Cor 15:23 “But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
50 days later the Holy Spirit fell upon the 120 in the upper room. This happened right on the Feast of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit outpouring seen that day was unprecedented and glorious. The revival of Israel spread into the city of Jerusalem and thence to Judea, Samaria, and eventually to the utmost parts of the earth. Thus was fulfilled the summer Feast of Pentecost. This event happened right on the very day of the Hebrew calendar that saw Moses bring the Law down from Mount Sinai to the children of Israel . The Feast of Pentecost was Israel’s birthday. Israel’s birthday is also the birthday of the Church! Is God trying to tell us something here? – Gal 3:29, Acts 2:1, Acts 20:16, 1 Cor 16:8, Zech 14:16-18
†† Pastor’s Corner ††
Pastor David Perry & Jonnie
On this Pentecost Sunday, I would like to thank all of you for your faithfulness to this part of the Body/Church of Jesus Christ. On Pentecost, the Spirit filled Jesus’ Church with power, understanding and gifts – so that it could be a place where people come to find the Lord’s grace and mercy, to worship the Lord, to be renewed from a hard week, to grow as disciples and as a family of believers who help and encourage each other. Then the body of believers was dispersed to share Jesus’ life and love with others during the week. That is true for Believers today.
The Church was Jesus’ idea – and I think it was and still is a great idea! Jesus’ Church has been and continues to be my life, and I’d be lost without my church and my church family. Thank you for being my family!!! We need each other to survive and thrive!
What does Pentecost mean to you personally? One thing it means to me is that I can be filled with more and more of the Life of my Savior Jesus, as I allow the Spirit to do His awesome work in my life. Pentecost reminds me that I am blessed to be INCLUDED in the Body of Jesus – His Church – My Church…through which I have received so many blessings in my life because of Jesus.
It seems that not a week goes by when I don’t talk with someone who is TIRED – tired of life’s struggles, physically tired, emotionally tired or sometimes spiritually weary. Jesus understands this about us…as He was “us” for 3 decades. That is why He left these words for us: “Matt 11:28-30 ~ Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
The REST we really need is — REST from OUR STUFF….and to come to HIS CHURCH & REST IN THE LORD’S PRESENCE. The most important REST that you and I need is SPIRITUAL REST IN JESUS. We are loved immensely by the Father, Son and Spirit…who deeply desire to strengthen us to face all of life’s difficulties and to Rejoice and Rest in THEM. Jesus is our Rest.
AMEN!!! ~~ Pastor David
Prayers for our Country and Pres. Trump
Prayers for the Body of Christ World Wide
Our Persecuted Christian Brothers & Sisters Around The World
Local Prayer Requests
JW Holmes-(Vicki’s friend) Died last Sat., prayers for his wife Jennie.
Mary Coffey, prayers for healing, strength & encouragement.
AnIta – (niece of Barb Hudson) – continue prayers for complete healing
Doug Whitlock – (Laf) Prayers for health issues, and he and his family as his mother is very ill
Eugene & Lulu Guzon (GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator for Philippines) Prayers for wisdom, inspiration and safety as he travels, serving the Philippines
Kalengule Kaoma (lives in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa) Prayers for wisdom & protection as he oversees Africa as GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator.
Deben Sam (GCI affiliate in Nepal) Prayers as they remodel their current building, raising it above flood waters. Also for favor, protection & blessing
Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School– Prayers for safety & blessing & provision.
Joe & Tammy Tkach & Greg & Susan Williams Protection, safety, wisdom & encouragement
For Divine Appointments To Touch Others With Jesus’ Life & Love