Here are your Good Shepherd OPC announcements and worship helps for the week of July 7-13, 2014.
The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned (Titus 3:8-11).
A Call to Prayer (Wednesday, July 9, 2014; 7 pm)
Join us for an hour of prayer this and every Wednesday evening from 7-8 pm. This is a terrific chance to minister to one another in love through prayer. We have changed the format slightly to include more singing. If you have a prayer request, please forward it to Pastor Chris by Wednesday afternoon to be included in the prayer meeting.
The Lord’s Day (July 13, 2014)
This week we continue our twelve week video series by R. C. Sproul, “What Did Jesus Do?” From the Ligonier website regarding this series:
When Jesus approached John the Baptist to be baptized, John initially objected. But Jesus responded by saying that it was necessary “to fulfill all righteousness.” (Matt. 3:15) Why was this act—and others like it—so important? Most Christians understand the importance of Christ’s atoning sacrifice and the significance of his resurrection. But how many comprehend the significance of the life Jesus led prior to the crowning weeks of the passion? In this teaching series, R.C. Sproul uncovers what it means for Christ to be the “second Adam”—and what this means for believers today.
Don’t forget to complete your homework!
There are also two children’s classes; both use the Great Commission Publications curriculum.
For preparation to hear God’s Word: What is required of those that hear the word preached? A. It is required of those that hear the word preached, that they attend upon it with diligence, preparation, and prayer; examine what they hear by the scriptures; receive the truth with faith, love, meekness, and readiness of mind, as the word of God; meditate, and confer of it; hide it in their hearts, and bring forth the fruit of it in their lives (WLC 160).
This week we arrive at the heart of the series “Identifying and Responding to False Teachers” based on 2 Peter and Jude. Our intention is to identify false teaching and teachers 2 Peter 2:1-22 under the title “Beware the False Teacher.” The Old Testament lesson is Leviticus 10.
We continue our series on the Ten Commandments, this week looking at the first commandment in WSC 45-48. The title is “No Other Gods” from Exodus 20:3. Here is WSC 45: Which is the first commandment? A. The first commandment is, Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Wednesday Prayer at 7 PM, each Wednesday. Please forward any requests so that we might include them in our prayers.
Evening Lord’s Day worship each Sunday evening at 6 PM. If you have a hymn or psalm request, please advance it to me for our hymn sing.
The Women's Bible Study and the Men’s Study and Breakfast have been suspended for the summer. Both will resume in September.
On Sunday, July 20, Rev. Ken Montgomery and I will switch pulpits for our respective morning services. In the evening of the same day, we will join with Redeemer OPC in Beavercreek to hear Mr. and Mrs. Brian and Dorothy Wingard, OPC missionaries to Uganda. Good Shepherd’s evening service will be jointly held at Redeemer OPC at 6 PM.
On Sunday, July 27, the Rev. Danny Olinger, General Secretary of Christian Education and member of the Presbytery of Ohio, will present the work of Christian Education in Sunday School and preach the morning service.
On Sunday, July 27, in the evening service, New Song from Geneva College will have a hymn and psalm sing. We are looking for families to host members of New Song overnight Sunday, July 27 into Monday, July 28. Please contact Mr. Robert Taylor for more details.
The next fellowship lunch is Sunday, August 3 immediately after morning worship. No theme has been offered. The first Sunday is a good time to invite a friend and have him or her remain for lunch.
The church has closed nominations for elder and deacon for the class of 2017. Two men were nominated: Mr. Chris Crandall for office of elder and Mr. Marius Pienaar for both the office of elder and the office of deacon. Mr. Pienaar has been ordained in the PCA as a deacon.
The Session met with the Deacons to formulate a Child and Child Care Worker Protection Policy. The two man committee (one elder and one deacon) tasked with formulating the policy have one month to complete their work. The Session and Deacons will give it a first reading to determine if there is lack or other problems. I will keep you up to date on the policy’s formulation.
On August 24, we will host Rev. Benson Akello who will preach the morning service.