“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
September 2, 2018
– Call To Worship –
“Blessed Be Your Name”
“You Are Worthy Of My Praise”
“We Are An Offering”
Prayers of Intercession
Sermon: Don Auxier
“Treasure in Fragile Pots”
2 Cor. 4: 5-12
“Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”
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.
Life is made up of our individual stories of everyday life—the struggles, the joys, and just getting through life day by day.
Since the very beginning, God has wanted to be with us. That’s why He created Adam, and then Eve. He wanted to be with them every day, to share His love and joy with them, and to live with them forever.
However, God does not force Himself on us. He wants a personal relationship with each of us, not out of obligation, but because we want to be with Him. God desires His story INCLUDE US and to become our real life story.
Will It Lead To A Ban On The Bible?
The Assembly passed the bill on April 19, 2018 – pending Senate vote.
If AB 2943 passes you will be able to discuss the “need” for same sex” marriage, gender “fluidity” and suggest people read studies and reports on the subject. But, if you are a Minister, and oppose same sex marriage, believe there are only two genders, regardless of surgery and medicine, and tell a young congregant to read the Bible or read studies and reports on the emotional cost of confused gender identify, it would be a crime. You need to know this since today the legislature is going to hold hearings on this one sided use of the First Amendment.
The implications of this legislation spread far beyond regulating the type of counseling offered by licensed counselors, who are already banned from helping minors with unwanted same-sex attractions. Several legal experts have confirmed that this bill targets the ability of religious non-profits, churches, and pastors from teaching and practicing their faith regarding sexual orientation and gender.
While the bill is about sexual orientation discussions, it is really about using government to bully people into silence on an issue. No longer will all sides be allowed to be heard on this issue—it is like Planned Parenthood showing up in a class and telling the wonders of killing a baby and those who believe in the sanctity of life are not allowed the same forum. Call your Assembly member today—keep the First Amendment for everyone. Critics are concerned the law could ultimately threaten free speech and freedom of religion for Christians. It uses the state’s consumer fraud statute to restrict religious freedom and free speech when it comes to issues of homosexuality and gender identity. California Political Review by Stephen Frank
Will the citizens of California speak out against this assault on freedom of speech? Will Calif. Christians speak out for both freedom of speech and freedom of religion? Pray for the people of California.
A daily devotion for September 2nd From your friends at RayStedman.org
Read: Romans 1:8-17
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed — a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17
This quotation from Habakkuk that Paul uses is the great fact that he is expounding in the gospel. He is not ashamed of it, and that is a way of saying that he is proud of it.
Paul especially is not ashamed of the gospel in Rome because the Romans appreciated power, just as Americans do. The Romans prided themselves on their power. They had military power that could conquer all the nations that stood in their path; they had a tremendous program of road-building; they had some of the greatest law-makers of history; they had the power to write literature and create art. But Paul knew that the Romans also were powerless when it came to changing hearts. They were powerless to eliminate slavery. They were powerless to change the stubborn, hostile, hateful hearts of men and eliminate violence. Paul says that is why he is so proud of the gospel — because it is the power of God to do those very things that men cannot do. We never need to apologize for the gospel. It is absolutely without rival.
Paul is not ashamed of the gospel because it reveals a righteousness from God. Righteousness is an old word that we don’t understand very much. I would like to substitute for it the word worth, a worth before God. A sense of acceptance before God that He has given to you. You can’t earn it, you certainly don’t deserve it, but it is given. God really accepts you because of the gospel, because of the good news of the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. Therefore, it is something that you, or I, or anybody else can have, and it is complete, perfect.
The last thing Paul says is that this righteousness is received by faith. It is not something we can ever earn; it is something we can take anytime we need it, and that is good news. Our worth before God is not simply something we receive once, by faith, at the beginning of our Christian lives. It is also something we remind ourselves of every time we feel depressed, despairing, discouraged, defeated, etc. God has loved us, restored us, and we have perfect standing in his sight. He already accepts us and loves us as much as he possibly can; nothing more can be added to it. That is the righteousness that is revealed in the gospel, by faith, to all who believe, no matter what their background or training may be.
Father, I pray that I may understand how hopeless, how dark and bitter my condition would be were it not for the gospel of the grace of God. Help me to know that nothing could have saved me from the wicked machinations of the evil one had it not been for the intervention of the gospel of grace.
†† Pastor’s Corner ††
Pastor David Perry & Jonnie
Two weeks ago, Jonnie and I, along with her sister and husband, were in coastal northern California attending Jonnie’s 50th high school reunion. Jonnie was somewhat apprehensive, since she hadn’t seen her classmates for 50 years. “Would anyone remember me?” she thought. “Will I recognize anyone?” “How many will show up? – I wonder how many have passed?” Certainly important questions to ponder, as you prepare to meet classmates you haven’t seen in half a century!
Friday and Saturday nights’ activities went really well, and we all enjoyed ourselves. Some she remembered, others she didn’t. A few remembered her, others didn’t. But that is to be expected since we all tend to change a lot in 50 years. A great experience I thought.
As we left Saturday night, Jonnie said that she probably wouldn’t see any of them again. Again, that is, until the resurrection and that great REUNION for all ETERNITY. That is our sure HOPE and Promise from the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 speaks directly of a “Great REUNION” when the Lord returns.
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.
This past August marked three years since I last saw my dad. My mom is in failing health and near the end of her life. All of you have lost loved ones that we miss so much. There are Biblical men and women we would like to meet. Then there is Jesus…and who doesn’t want to meet Him?
What a GREAT REUNION that will be!! And we here today might ask similar questions that Jonnie asked on the way to her reunion: “Would anyone remember me?” “Will I recognize anyone?” “How many will show up? What will it be like? We will see our loved ones again…how great will that be! It will be a glorious time, with kisses, tears, hugs, and love-shared…and we will never have to leave them or Jesus. ~ Pastor David
Prayers for our Country and Pres. Trump
Prayers for the Body of Christ World Wide
Prayers for our Persecuted Christian Brothers & Sisters.
Mary Coffey, prayers for healing, strength & encouragement.
Haiti – That peace and calm can return to the beautiful people of Haiti.
Freddy Chang, Friend of Don Auxier, recovering from kidney failure and on dialysis.
GCI Conference Oct 13-17 – held in Charlotte, NC – will include the passing of the baton from Joseph Tkach to Greg Williams. Additionally most of the GCI international Mission Directors will be there for meetings. Prayers that all goes well and the leaders can make the trip. Pastor David will be attending the special transition service and again meeting the GCI Int’l Mission leaders
Anita Franz – Recovery from lumbar and sciatic issues – very painful
Lucy (Anita Franz’s sister) – She is home from Rehab but has encephalopathy which is swelling of the brain.
Anthony & Jane Gachanja – (GCI National Ministry Leader in Kenya) They live in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa…prayers for blessings and protection as they minister to the beautiful people in the GCI churches in Kenya.
Deben Sam (GCI affiliate in Nepal) Prayers as it seems restrictive anti-conversion (to Christianity) laws will come into effect in Nepal in August.
Hector & Paulina Barrero (GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator for Columbia & South America) For blessings, protection and inspiration as they minister to others. Eugene & Lulu Guzon (GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator for Philippines) Prayers for wisdom, inspiration and safety as he travels, serving the Philippines.
Kalengule & Nsama Kaoma (Lusaka, Zambia, Africa) Prayers for wisdom & protection as he oversees Africa as GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator.
Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School – Prayers for joy, safety & blessing & provision. The school year ends the end of June.