Here are your Good Shepherd OPC announcements and worship helps for the week of August 11-17, 2014.
4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8 For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything (1 Thessalonians 1:4-8).
A Call to Prayer (Wednesday, August 13, 2014; 7 pm)
Join us for an hour of prayer this and every Wednesday evening from 7-8 pm. This is a good chance to minister to one another in love through prayer. 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 (August 17, 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.
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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).
Although it can be challenging to identify false teachers, Peter asserts two particular sins associated with false teachers: pride and immorality. Once more, he reaches back into the Old Testament to find a narrative about a false teacher which illustrates his point – Balaam. You may want to read Numbers 22-25 and 31:1-12 to have the context for Peter’s comments. This coming Sunday, we’ll consider 2 Peter 2:10b-16 under the title “Respectable Sins.” The Old Testament lesson is Leviticus 12.
We continue our study of the Ten Commandments in our evening worship. Commandment # 4, encompassing WSC questions 57-62 deal with the day of worship. The text is Exodus 20:8-11, along with various others, under the title “The Sabbath Was Made For Man.”
Q. 57. Which is the fourth commandment? A. The fourth commandment is, Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Wednesday Prayer at 7 PM, each Wednesday.
Evening Lord’s Day worship each Sunday evening at 6 PM. If you have a hymn or psalm request, please send it to me for our hymn sing.
The next fellowship lunch is Sunday, September 7 immediately after morning worship. The first Sunday is a good time to invite a friend and have him or her remain for lunch.
The Women's Bible Study and the Men’s Study and Breakfast have been suspended for the summer. Both will resume in September. The men will have their next meeting on Saturday, September 12 at 8 am. Please mark your calendars.
The Presbytery of Ohio women’s retreat will be at Camp Akita (29746 Logan-Hornsmill Rd., Logan, OH) on October 24-25. It is for ages 16 and up. The speaker, Lorianne Merritt, will speak on Hospitality with a Heart for Jesus. For more information, contact: Harleen Dizer firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-912-5046. To register visit www.daytonopc.org.
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. At this point, we have given the potential policy a first reading. We are also having an attorney and our insurance company examine it. At the very least, we will soon move to implement background checks on all children’s workers.
On August 24, we will host Rev. Benson Akello who will preach the morning service.
Pastor Chris will teach an eight week Inquirer's Class beginning Sunday September 7 and running through October 26. We’ll meet during the Sunday School hour. If you would like to learn more about the church, being Reformed, our doctrine and practices, please join us for the class. Although it is a precursor to membership, one need not be interested in membership to come.
The Southwest Ohio Reformed Presbyterian Church is hosting a Scottish Conventicle re-enactment on Saturday, August 16 at 1 PM. The church will also have a fellowship meal and Highland Games. For more information visit www.reformedohio.com. All events are at Mars Hill Academy.
The Cincinnati Recorder Consort will be performing at Good Shepherd OPC on August 23, 2014 at 7:30 PM. The program will feature music by composers J.S. Bach, William Byrd, Giovanni Gabrieli, and others from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. All are invited.
We have been praying for Anna Camerer, a young girl with leukemia. On her behalf, Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church (5920 Butler-Warren Rd.) is hosting a blood drive on Friday, August 22 from 1:00 PM – 3:15 PM and 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM. Visit www.hoxworth.org/groups/trec for more information.