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God's Word for the coming week...

I Thessalonians 1:4-5 Let us reflect this week on the changes that the gospel has brought into our lives.
Dates To Remember...

  • Oct 2nd-Clean-up Day for Family Promise


  • Oct 3rd-9th-Family Promise       
    Contact Lynne Ciliento for information
Remember in Prayer...

  • Bobbie Imlay is in Riverview Hospital Room 546 undergoing rehab.
  • Those in the congregation who continue to deal with health issues.
  • Family Promise-many will be lead to volunteer and that God will be glorified during the week we host the families in need.
  • Continue to keep the “Funding Drive” in your thoughts and prayers.

The Gospel Comes In Power

“For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.” - I Thessalonians 1:4-5 (NIV)

The gospel is not just another self-help book, or a new means of therapy.  The gospel does not solve financial problems, issues with family of origin, or promise that we will never suffer or have pain in our lives.  The gospel is God's power to save.  In this salvation that we have, the gospel results in transformed lives that overcome the difficulties in life.  The difficulties are still there, but those who live in Christ are no longer trapped or defined by those difficulties.

The gospel comes not just in words, but in power, in the Holy Spirit, and in conviction.  The power of the gospel is the very power of God at work in our lives.  In the early days of Christianity, as today, the testimony of the power of the gospel is a changed life.  Paul writes to the Thessalonian Christians were known for their changed lives.  People in other parts of the world told how they “turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead-Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.” (I Thessalonians 1:9-10).

As such, the gospel produces repentance-changes in our lives as we turn from the things of this world and turn towards the Lord, his promises, and the reality of his coming.  These changes in our lives do not come about as the result of our own effort but rather as the result of the Holy Spirit.  Because the gospel comes in power and in full conviction, the change that results in our life are God-changes-things that only God can do.  Nothing is impossible with God.  No change is beyond the power of God.  God is able to change anything about our lives.

What is your testimony?  As a Christian, what would be “reported” about you?  What kind of changes in your life mark repentance?  How is God at work in your life to demonstrate the power of the gospel?  It is worth taking time to think about these questions.  These questions shape how we “know” the power of the gospel at work in our lives and how we “mark” our conviction.  Our testimony to others about the power of the gospel comes from the answers to these questions.  Yes, we must share the essence of the gospel in words with others so that they know the saving power of God.  But, our lives must also testify to the truth of the gospel through the changes that God's power brings. 

This week, take time to reflect on how you have been changed through the gospel.

Connecting ... to the church family at Monmouth & the community

Introductory Class- Biblical Hebrew
Friday Evening, 7:00-8:30PM-Rix Home
Starts Friday, October 1, 2010

An introductory class Biblical Hebrew will begin on Friday, October 1st.  The class is designed to give an high-level overview of how the language works and implications for translation and study of the Old Testament. 

Several in the congregation have already signed up and are ready to go! 

If you are interested in joining the class please contact Charles Rix within the next week so that adequate class materials can be prepared.



September Hostess of the Month - Vernell Fuller

October Hostess of the Month - Natasha Vazquez

Cleaning Team for coming week - Team  Crane