PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
January 30, 2019
How many of you have ever shifted direction in life? Maybe you have shifted from one college to another. Maybe you have shifted from one career to another. Maybe you have shifted from one location to another. Such shifts are sometimes unplanned and scary.
There have been times throughout history when God has made such shifts; but when He makes a shift, they are NEVER unplanned or scary to Him. Rather, they have been planned from eternity past. In Acts 10, we discover a shift God made – a shift that He had prophesied about for centuries; and now it was time for it to be fulfilled.
Peter and the other apostles knew that salvation was by grace through faith in Jesus Christ ALONE, not by our good works or efforts. But practically speaking, up until now they also believed that to be right with God, a pagan Gentile had to become a Jew in the sense of obeying the Jewish laws regarding circumcision and ceremonial issues. The thought of a Gentile becoming a Christian without coming through the door of Judaism was foreign to them.
This was a radical shift in God’s plan of salvation. For almost 2,000 years since Abraham, salvation had been from the Jews, as we see in John 4:22. A Gentile had to become a Jewish proselyte in order to know and worship God in the way that God ordained.
But in Acts 10, a radical shift takes place. The door of salvation swings wide open to the Gentiles, and it does not require us first to become Jews. This surprised Peter’s Jewish traveling companions, as we see in Acts 10:45, and although Peter had come to understand it intellectually (v. 34), it probably startled him, too.
This week, let us give thanks that God made this wonderful shift, and regardless of our ethnic or religious background, we are invited into a new covenant through our Lord Jesus Christ!!
Kate Collins Middle School
Please continue to keep the staff, students and families of Kate Collins Middle School, in your prayers as we seek out ways to be a blessing to them this year!
THIS SUNDAY- This Sunday, Pastor Glen’s message will be, “A Picture of Falsehood,” based on 2 Peter 2:10b-22. 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.
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 our worship service. 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.
ComfortCare Baby Bottle Campaign - Please help support the life-saving ministry of ComfortCare Women’s Health by filling a baby bottle with your spare change and/or a check. You may pick up bottles from Pat Layne. Bottles need to be returned to the church by Sunday, February 17th.
Combined Service - Mark your calendars for our combined service with Church of the Brethren on Sunday, February 10th. The service will be at 10:45am (note the time change!) in the main sanctuary upstairs, as COB hosts the WARM Shelter in the fellowship hall that week.
Beth Laughlin’s Memorial Service - The service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 16th at the Church of the Brethren in the main Sanctuary. Beth Laughlin’s caretaker, Carolyn Taylor, would be interested in serving as caretaker of a disabled family member in their home. She would prefer the Waynesboro area She would be available four hours per day.. Her phone number is (540) 943-0971.
We’re Hiring - Hope Community Church is seeking a Youth Ministries Intern to lead a dynamic youth program. Those interested should contact the church at (540) 471-4551.
WARM Shelter - The Church of the Brethren is hosting again this year, Feb 4-11. We are providing a meal on Tuesday of that week. If you would like to help, please contact Sue Woodworth at (540) 949-6205, to sign up.