You may notice from our schedule of services that we do not have a Sunday evening worship service. Instead we hope to use Sunday afternoons or evenings to encourage spiritual growth outside of worship. One way is through serving together as a congregation, and the other is through personal or family devotionals.
We are guided by the teaching of the Apostle Paul as he wrote to the evangelist, Titus. We learn that Jesus desires for His people, the church, to be zealous to do good deeds. He noted speaking of Jesus,
... who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you” (Titus 2:14-15, New American Standard Updated - or "NASU" translation of the Bible).
Obviously, Christians can engage in good deeds at any time whether together or as individuals. But we choose to use some of our Sunday afternoons or evenings to gather together as a church to serve others or to serve the community and in doing so to serve God. We want to grow together as we serve together. The church has a responsibility to equip Christians,
... and He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ…;” (Ephesians 4:11-12, NASU).
For those Sunday evenings that we are not together for a service project, we want Christians to be contemplating the Word of God. On these evenings we provide each person or family with a devotional sheet based on the text from the Sunday morning sermon. We hope to accomplish a couple goals in doing this.
First, we want every Christian to consider the text and principles from our Sunday morning sermon more deeply and personally. Second, we want to encourage parents and family leaders to lead their families in home study. Ultimately our goal is that this will be one tool for developing Christian leaders.
We seek godly, Christian men to be our leaders. We want to encourage leadership and Bible study in the home. Christian dads have the ultimate responsibility to teach their children spiritually.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4, NASU). The New Testament looks to the home as a demonstration of a man’s ability to lead the church, “He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?)..,” (1 Timothy 3:4-5, NASU).
We would love to have you as our guest in our morning Bible class and worship. But we also invite you to be with us as we serve together. Our desire is help every Christian to be strengthened in their faith and love.