The Navigator: 11.12.2020

THIS SUNDAY, 11/15

Preacher:  DL Lowrie

Text:  Luke 15

 

Boxes are due this Sunday, 11/15.

Note: I shared the following with our Missions Team

  • Don’t be discouraged by the number of OCC boxes that have not been taken.  It’s simple math.  We set out the same number of boxes we’ve always set out and have shown videos each Sunday as we always have. But, due to COVID, we are only averaging a little over 200 on Sundays, at best.  So, proportionately, people have taken the same number of boxes as in the past.

 

A Nugget from Wed’s time of learning in John 8:21-30:  Knowing vs. Believing (There’s a dangerous difference.)

The only unpardonable sin is unbelief.  Mental assent (knowing about God without placing one’s faith in Christ) is, according to the Bible, not enough.

Anyone can – and often do – say they’re a Christian without any devotion to the biblical Christ whatsoever.   Paul described this to Timothy as “having a form of godliness but denying its power.” 

As James, the half-brother of Jesus, warned, even the demons’ theology is orthodox. Satan can quote the entire Bible (he demonstrated this in the wilderness temptation) although he doesn’t believe it.

To translate ‘mental assent’ into North American church culture, Jesus warned that anyone can quote Bible verses, sing the songs, give money, even talk to others about God – and still be lost and headed for a devil’s hell.

An indicting statement about the term ‘Christian’ comes from the renowned, late British atheist philosopher, Bertrand Russell.  In his treatise, Why I Am Not a Christian, he writes:

Perhaps it would be as well, first of all, to try to make out what one means by the word Christian.  It is used these days in a very loose sense by a great many people.  Some people mean no more by it than a person who attempts to live a good life… The word does not have quite such a full-blooded meaning now as it had in the times of Augustine and Thomas Aquinas.  In those days, if a man said that he was a Christian it was known what he meant.  [You read and studied the Bible, accepted and obeyed its teaching,] and believed every single syllable with the whole strength of your convictions.

Jesus warned,

I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am [the Son of God, the Messiah, the Savior of the World].

You can watch the entire lesson here.

MID-WEEK CLASSES & ACTIVITIES END FOR HOLIDAY BREAK

Except for Youth & Children, all Wed. evening activities conclude next week, 11/18, for the holiday season.  They will resume on Wed., 1/13.

 

I found this encouraging.

There is progress being made both here in the U.S., as well as around the world.  Here is a brief article from The Jerusalem Post regarding progress being made to find a cure.

 

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

There will be no change to our regular Sunday schedule for the Thanksgiving holidays.   Sunday School and Worship Services will proceed as normal.

The church office will be closed Nov. 26-27.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

From Gary Larson’s beloved Far Side:

 

SOUL FOOD: How Do You Know You’re Not Wrong?

“Jesus Christ is my favorite philosopher.”  Does that statement sound strange?  It shouldn’t.  Read the blog here.

 

For a list of Search Team members, or to know the steps for communicating with the Team, please click here and scroll down. Pray for them!

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick