PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
January 2, 2019
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Patterson’s farm. It was so serene to look out over the hills and see sheep grazing. What a beautiful pastoral image! However, Pat shared about predators who attack the sheep, including coyotes and even dogs.
As there are predators of sheep, so there are also predators all around you and me. They come by way of false teachers and false teaching. As we read in Acts 20:29, “I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.” Paul was aware of the false teachers who would come among people, espousing a different gospel.
Jesus shared in Matthew 7:15, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” There are so many false prophets and teachers all around us today; and it is easy to become lulled into believing their lies through various cults and sects and even among “well-meaning” church leaders. That is why one of the requirements of church leaders is to guard the flock from these false teachers and teachings.
As shepherds of sheep need to beware and on the lookout for predators, so under-shepherds of the Lord (church leaders) are to feed their sheep with solid biblical teaching from God’s Word, as they also watch out for those who speak “twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them” (Acts 20:30).
My encouragement to all of us is to get so used to the truth of God’s Word, so that anything counterfeit will be spotted in an instant!! Therefore, as we begin this New Year, please pray for church leaders in order that they may teach the truths of God’s Word with urgency and passion, as well as protect the flock of God’s people from false teaching!!
THIS SUNDAY- This Sunday, Pastor Glen’s message will be, “Computer Viruses,” based on 2 Peter 2:1-3. Please read the text prior to the service. We will also have the sacrament of the Lord's Supper this Sunday. You are encouraged to read 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 in preparation. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided during the worship service each Sunday.
Venue Team Update - There will be information and surveys about the latest venue team update, available this Sunday at church. Please look over this information and take the survey as soon as possible.
Adult Sunday School class - Join us, in our study of the letters to the Corinthians, in the Chapel on the Sunday School floor immediately following worship! We are now looking at chapters 8-11 of I Corinthians as they relate to Paul’s status with the church, idolatry and our relationship to things in and of the world and how that speaks to us in the post-modern church. Come join the discussion.
Reading Chronologically Through the Bible - Read the Bible through in a year, in the order in which the events took place. Free classes start on January 7, every Monday from 6p-7:30p (through December 31) at Panera Bread in Waynesboro. To register or if you have questions, call Jake and Deborah Kleinschuster at (540) 949-6080.
Salt Shakers – Supper club groups will be changed at the end of this month. If you didn’t join a group last time but would like to participate this time or if you were in a group and are no longer able to participate, please call Cindy Roberts at: (540) 649-4448.
WARM Shelter - The Church of the Brethren is hosting again this year, Feb 4-11. They are in need of people to provide dinners on several nights that week. Please let us know if you are willing to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org