Communion Meditation

We preachers emphasize sin a lot. It is really hard not to. It is an undeniable truth about our fallen nature. Sin is not just what we do, it is who we are by nature. We can turn the fact of our sin into redoubling our efforts to do it right. We become hard nosed legalists that no one wants to be around. Except other legalists. We can turn the fact of our sin into guilt and shame. And then live out of that shame and guilt. We beat ourselves up all the time as a strange form of penance. We can, and this is perhaps the worst option, ignore our sin entirely. What must we do with our sin? Communion with our Lord Jesus Christ calls us away from these destructive methods of dealing with our sin.

Session Summary August 2019

We began our meeting with a devotion on knowing God as the foundation of theology and the beginning of practice. Knowing the attributes of God has very practical applications. We prayed for 14 families of the church; especially those enduring grief and physical illness. Pastor reported on the Discovery Class that is just beginning. We approved a concept proposal for pursuing a new and improved web site. Johan and Pastor Mark will soon be recruiting for a new Evangelism Team. Eric Eagle will be leading a seminar in the fall for church leadership regarding better caring for the victims of abuse. The new shepherding lists were discussed but not yet finalized. Randy Waters reported on th

Communion Meditation August 2019

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