- The Sufferings of JesusWhat does it look like to suffer successfully? Nobody enjoys suffering. In fact, many of the decisions we make are the result of our efforts to avoid suffering at all costs. Today in Hebrews 5:7-10, the writer shows us how the sufferings of Jesus were both necessary and successful.sermons.faithlife.com
- Greetings CRC, I pray that everyone is having a blessed week. Attached are the updated playlist links for this Lord's Day. Thank you to everyone who was able to make it out for our annual thanksgiving meal, it was a great time of fellowship. We missed everyone who was unable to make it. Looking forward to worshiping the LORD with you all this Sunday! Hebrews 5:7–10 (ESV) 7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. 8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. 9 And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, 10 being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1D1bvAAkOcnoVLh7ZvOwQZ?si=5a592ffb2fe143e8 https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLL6HTrME8-GzdLwE3Sg72nyThzatQLB9p Soli Deo Gloria, Isaac ESunday SongsSongs for this Lord's Dayyoutube.com
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This Sunday: In Hebrews
Jesus is our all in all. The refrain thus fas has been "Jesus is better!" He is the King of Kings, The Lord of lords and He is also our great High Priest. On Sunday, we embark on a new chapter as we look at Hebrews 5:1-6 where the writer begins to elaborate on the priesthood of Christ. Prepare your hearts by reading the text and praying for one another and anticipating the gathering of the redeemed!
Community Groups: Sola Fide / Faith Alone
This week in our community groups we continued our study through ‘What is Reformed Theology?’ and began to consider the doctrine of ‘sola fide' or 'faith alone’. Luther contended that this doctrine was the article upon which The Church would stand or fall. This is because it is at the very heart of the gospel itself. Rome also said that faith was necessary to salvation but the controversy was around that five letter little word “alone”. The reformers maintained that faith is "the alone instrument" that receives the gift of salvation, not the sacraments or anything else but faith alone. Next time we will look at part 2 of this foundational doctrine. We hope you are able to join us.
Mid-week Study: The Lord’s Supper
On Wednesday we were so encouraged to consider the blessing God has given us in The Lord’s Supper. The point of the Supper, as well as Baptism, is to put our eyes on Jesus not ourselves. The Lord’s Supper reminds us and declares to us what Jesus has done for us in His atoning work on the cross. Next week we will continue to examine The Supper as we ask, "Does the Lord’s Supper add anything to Christ’s atoning work?”. We hope you are able to join us next Wednesday at 7pm at the Art Center.
Thanksgiving Meal: This Sunday Evening!
This Sunday , Nov. 20th, is our annual Thanksgiving Meal and we can’t wait. It will be at 5:30pm at the Arts Center; the same place we have our service in the morning. We will be arriving at 4pm to move chairs, set up tables etc. and any help is welcome and appreciated. To see who is bringing what or to sign up to bring something check the sign up sheet here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4aafaf2ea5f4ce9-crcthanksgiving
Bring something to share, come hungry, invite a friend and we will see you there!
- Greetings Beloved, Attached is the digital sign up for the thanksgiving potluck this upcoming Lord’s Day at 5:30 pm. If you have already signed up using the physical sing up sheet, don’t worry about using the digital one. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to call or text me at (361) 737-9633. Looking forward to seeing you all there! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4aafaf2ea5f4ce9-crcthanksgiving Blessings, IsaacCRC Thanksgiving PotluckTurkey, plates, utensils, napkins, and cups will already be provided. Thank you!www.signupgenius.com
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This Sunday: In Hebrews
Last week we looked at the qualities and effects of the word of God and its ability cut us wide open and lay us bare before God. This Sunday we conclude the chapter by examining Hebrews 4:14-16. These verses are among some of the most well-known verses in the whole letter and they are packed with rich treasure and great comfort. Consider preparing your heart by reading straight through Hebrews chapters 1–4 as a reminder of the flow thus far. Pray for us and we will be praying for you and looking forward to seeing you Sunday!
Men’s Group: Wrapping up Galatians
On Tuesday, the men gathered to study the closing section of Galatians 6 and discussed the only boast of every godly man and every Christian for that matter; the cross of Christ. We also talked about the danger of misplaced confidence in the flesh or anything else other than that. We invite you to jump in with us in two weeks for the next one!
Women’s Group: Colossians
Also on Tuesday, the women continued their study through Colossians 4:2-6 and considered the importance of persistence and steadfastness in prayer. It can be tempting to give up hoping and praying for lost loved ones if we’re not seeing anything change. However, we are not called to change anyone’s heart. What we are called to do is to "season our speech with salt” and to pray because it is God alone who is mighty to save.
Mid-week Study: Baptism pt. 2
On Wednesday at our mid-week study we covered Question 45 of the New City Catechism which was sort of a part 2 to the previous question which defined baptism. This week the question was “Is baptism with water the washing away of sin itself?”. This is a crucial question because it is very easy and dangerous to confuse the thing (baptism with water) with the thing signified (being cleansed by the blood of Christ and the renewal of the Holy Spirit). Respectable theologians and scholars have disagreed over the centuries about some of the specifics and logistics of baptism but ultimately, baptism is a sign of God’s work, not ours. A minister may give the sign but only God can give the thing signified. So when you are discouraged and lack assurance, Christian, remember your baptism! And let it preach to you the promises of God in Christ for you and to you.
Thanksgiving Meal: Coming Up!
Mark your calendars because our annual Thanksgiving Potluck meal will be Sunday November 20th @ 5:30pm at the Art Center (the same place we have service). All of the Turkey will be provided so we invite you to bring a side, dessert, drinks or something to share. We are in need of some more tables so let us know if that’s something you might be able to help us with. We will be posting a link to the digital sign up and there will also be a physical sign up sheet available this Sunday as well.
- Good Evening CRC, I pray that you all are doing well this week. Attached are the updated playlist links for this Lord's Day. As we draw near to God in corporate worship this Sunday, let us be reminded of what Christ has accomplished for us. Also, please be in prayer for Pastor Eddie as he preaches and for every part of our service/liturgy. Hebrews 4:14–16 (ESV) 14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1D1bvAAkOcnoVLh7ZvOwQZ?si=5a592ffb2fe143e8 https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLL6HTrME8-GzdLwE3Sg72nyThzatQLB9p Soli Deo Gloria, Isaac ESunday SongsSongs for this Lord's Dayyoutube.com
- Good Morning CRC, I pray that you all are having a blessed weekend. Attached are the updated playlist links for the Lord's Day gathering tomorrow. We will also be partaking of the Lord's Supper. Please pray that the LORD may prepare our hearts to worship and partake of the sacrament/ordinance. Matthew 26:26–29 (ESV) 26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1D1bvAAkOcnoVLh7ZvOwQZ?si=5a592ffb2fe143e8 https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLL6HTrME8-GzdLwE3Sg72nyThzatQLB9p Soli Deo Gloria, Isaac ESunday SongsSongs for this Lord's Dayyoutube.com
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This Sunday: In Hebrews
Of all the words ever written in all the books ever printed there is nothing that compares to the word of God given to us sacred Scripture. And yet, so many treat the Bible as though it were nothing more than a religious book written by nothing more than religious men. However, in Hebrews 4:12-13, the writer confronts us with the truth about God’s Word and why it matters for every single soul. See you Sunday!
The Ferreiro Family: Welcome baby Gio!
On Tuesday, The Ferreiro family welcomed the newest addition to their family; Giovanni Lee! We are full of rejoicing and so thankful to God for His grace to Erica and the rest of the family and are eager to serve them well. A huge thanks to everyone who was faithfully checking in and praying. We have started a Meal Train for them and you can sign up here: https://mealtrain.com/zo867e
Community Groups: Sola Scripture
This week in our community groups we continued our series through ‘What is Reformed Theology?’. We examined what is often called the formal principle of the Protestant Reformation; Sola Scriptura (latin for ’Scripture Alone’). Contrary to the Roman Catholic view that Scripture as well as tradition were equally authoritative and divine, the reformers maintained that Scripture is the only authoritative written source of divine revelation. We looked at the infallibility, inerrancy and perspicuity (clarity) of Scripture. As always the discussion and fellowship were such a blessing. For more info on weekly events check our calendar here: https://faithlife.com/christredeemercc/calendar
Mid-week Study: Baptism
On Wednesday night, we studied Question 44 in the New City Catechism, ‘What is Baptism?’. When it comes to baptism there has been no shortage of controversy within Protestantism over the centuries. What is not debated is that Jesus has commanded it, that it is a sign of our being cleansed from sin, our union with Christ and our belonging to His Church. Most of the debates center around the procedure of baptism. Since the Reformation there have been two main approaches: Covenantal Paedobaptism, and Credobaptism. Next week we hope to flesh these out a little more as we examine the next question, "Is baptism with water the washing away of sin itself?” We hope to see you there.