PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
July 24, 2019
One part of our vision as a congregation is to GROW in faith!! We read in Colossians 1:28, “Him [Jesus Christ] we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we present everyone mature in Christ.” An effective presentation of the Gospel always includes both warning and teaching. The warning is that without Christ, people are lost and headed to the agony of hell. The teaching is that salvation is available only by grace through faith in Christ.
The ultimate goal of proclaiming Jesus Christ through admonishing and teaching is so that we can “present everyone mature in Christ.” Paul desperately wanted everyone to become mature or complete in Christ. The word mature or perfect means “full grown, or spiritually mature.” Our job as a church is not just to admonish, or even to teach. We do those things in order to create spiritually mature Christ-followers. We should all be in the process of growth, of becoming more like Jesus every day.
It is our prayer that more and more people will connect with a Life Group, Bible Study, Discipleship Triad, in order to grow as a follower of Christ. The vertical purpose of such groups is to assist one another in knowing, loving, and serving God at a deeper level. The horizontal purpose of such groups is to develop authentic friendships that speak grace and truth to one another and support one another.
One way to start this process is by signing up for a Salt Shakers group. These groups are an informal way to connect with other friends of Hope Community Church for fun, food, and fellowship on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.
My prayer is that more people will be engaged with at least one such group, which supports our spiritual growth! If you are interested in being part of such a group, please contact me or Larry Roberts. If you are interested in being part of a Salt Shakers group, please contact Cindy Roberts. May God continue to grow us deeper in our faith!!
ComfortCare Women’s Health
Volunteers are a critical part of the ComfortCare ministry. In just one 3-hour shift per week, you will see the hand of God work through this ministry to touch hearts, change minds, and save lives. Volunteer Opportunities (most urgent needs):
THIS SUNDAY - Join us for worship at 9:30am! Pastor Glen’s message will be, “Grow in Faith,” based upon Colossians 2:6-7. Please read the text prior to the service. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided on the Chapel floor during the 9:30am worship service.
Adult Sunday School class - You are invited to come join our adult Bible study class immediately following worship in the chapel on the second floor. We are studying the book of Nehemiah using the book “Nehemiah,” by Dr. Stephen Davey, to help us explore this beautiful story of God providing leadership for His people, especially in rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem, and calling them back into relationship with Him. Come join us, we have extra books available.
New Prayer Group - The new small group focused on prayers for Hope Community Church and on individual needs as they are brought to us, utilizing the gifts of the Holy Spirit, meets on Tuesday evening at 7 PM. Any questions should be directed to Pat Patterson.
“Exploring Hope” Class - The 2nd half of this class will be held THIS Sunday, July 28th. In this class, we explore topics such as: why we exist as a church, spiritual growth, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, how to become a member, and the privileges and responsibilities of church membership.
Saturate Augusta - We hope that many of you will attend the next rally on August 5th at Cornerstone Church of Augusta (6:30pm refreshments / 7:00pm prayer rally), as we prepare for this important mission in our community! Please pray for the people in Augusta County who will hear the gospel and for those who will go out to share! On September 7, we will participate in this mission to our community. Please see the info table at church to sign up to be part of a Saturate Augusta team. You can find info at: saturatetheworld.com.
Bless Every Home - As we prepare for Saturate Augusta, we invite you all to visit blesseveryhome.com and sign up to pray for those we will be reaching with the gospel!
Church Picnic - Invite family and friends to join us for our Fall picnic at Cindy & Larry Roberts’ house on Sunday, August 25, just after our worship service. We’ll have yard games for children, music and good fellowship! The church will provide chicken and homemade ham rolls. Please sign up on the church info table (or email firstname.lastname@example.org), to bring a side dish, salad or dessert. Please bring lawn chairs as well.
Security Team - We will have a new security team as we move to Kate Collins Middle School in August. Training will begin soon. If you are interested in being a part of the team, please contact Larry Roberts, as soon as possible: (540) 649-0648.