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to Christ and His Church at Monmouth

God's Word for the coming week...

2 Corinthians 6:1-13:  How are you encouraged to mature in grace?  How are you called to endure?  To whom do you need to open wide your heart?
Dates To Remember...

  • Nov 14th, Fellowship Luncheon/Congregational Meeting-directly following our morning services.
Remember in Prayer...

  • Bobbie Imlay is now home.  Give her a call,  stop by for a  visit or send her a card.
  • Continue to keep Berdie Collins in your prayers.
  • John & Patricia Pierson ask for prayers of healing concerning their health issues, her knee and his back and headaches.
  • Those in the congregation who continue to deal with health issues.
  • Continue to keep the “Funding Drive” in your thoughts and prayers.

The Time Of The Lord's Favor


“In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people to restore the land.”  
Isaiah 49:8; 2 Corinthians 6:2, NIV

Isaiah foresees a time when the Lord's favor will completely restore the people from captivity and bring them into a land of freedom.  In 2 Corinthians 6, Paul draws upon Isaiah to explain that in Christ, we are experiencing the time of God's favor.  Through Christ, God has reconciled the world to himself.  The sacrifice of Christ on the cross-the time when God “made” Jesus, who had no sin to be sin for us-accomplished this reconciliation.  We are now the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:20-21), the people of God who are fully and completely his.

Paul urges the Corinthians to not receive this indescribably gift “in vain,” or to no effect.  Paul mentions three things that will keep us from receiving God's grace in vain.

The first is to remember that God's grace is for everyone who will believe.  We are not to put stumbling blocks in the way of others in the church so that they are discouraged from living out the gospel message. 

The second is remember that we are called to “endure.”  External circumstances do not determine the power of grace.  We all know there will be hardships, trouble, and sorrow, but also times of joy.  The point is how we respond to these circumstances.  For example, to receive God's grace productively is to realize that even when we feel our selves to be “poor,” the truth is that, in Christ, we have “everything.”  We may encounter very difficult times, yet we live on.  By grace, in sorrow, we find joy (2 Corinthians 6:4-10).

Finally, Paul encourages the Corinthians to “open their hears wide.”  Often times difficult times will cause us to want to recoil and self-isolate, perhaps even to become bitter towards others.  But these are not the times to withhold our love from one another.  Rather these are the times, by grace, to open wide our hearts and allow other to walk beside us in encouragement. 

Let us mature in grace, not receiving it in vain.

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


Introductory Class- Biblical Hebrew
Friday Evenings, 7:00-8:30PM
Rix Home


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.

 

 

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