Previous Sunday Sermon Recap
We heard some great truth from the pulpit last Sunday. Especially for those of you who stayed awake in the new sanctuary chairs! All kidding aside...
Pastor Luke told us that the Bible is probably the most brutally honest book there ever was/is - that it doesn't hold back. That it doesn't sugarcoat anything. It calls it at it is.
We learned Genesis 27 reveals this. It's about a dysfunctional family. It's about sin - and every family has sin. What? Why? Because every family has people! And people are sinful!
Despite the sin, we saw that God is not thwarted by it - we saw that through all of it, God has His perfect plan - which was already in place. And we see in our text this week, that God redeems all of this, including the lies and deception, in order for His perfect plan to evolve to the Person and work of Jesus Christ. Our greatest need as people.
If that's not enough to listen/watch, even multiple times, Pastor Luke says "even God can make straight lines with crooked sticks."
Where is God in all this? What is He doing? Would God actually use the "bad things" that people do?
Watch it all explained here - on our CVBC Vimeo Channel link: https://vimeo.com/793865773
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Welcome to our Sunday Liturgy!
Welcome back to our weekly Liturgy! We hope you continue to find it useful to see the way plan to worship our King in advance!
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2023
ORDER OF WORSHIP:
Call To Worship - Phillipians 2:5-11
Responsive song - All Hail the Power of Jesus Name
Song of Assurance - Before the Throne of God
ANNOUNCEMENTS / OFFERTORY
RESPONSIVE SCRIPTURE READING: Psalm 105:23-45
Responsive song - Behold Our God
SERMON - Pastor Luke Wartgow - "Heaven's Ladder" - Genesis 28
Song - In Christ Alone
The Lord's Prayer - read together
Until we meet, have a blessed week!
CVBC Weekly Bible Studies
Here's the schedule for all of our weekly CVBC Bible studies...
Ken Douglas' Co-Ed Tuesday nights 5pm bible study begins with the new "Blessed Hope" This is a big group, so get in on the info!
Men's Friday 9am bible study from "Only Two Religions", a new study about Creation by Peter Jones.
Ladies Friday 9am bible studies (every other Friday - next one this Friday, Feb 3rd) from the Dr. Steve Lawson series, "Rejoice in the Lord" - a look at Paul's book of Phillipians. If you haven't studied this incredible author's work, you will learn so much in this in depth study!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact email@example.com. Have a great week!
February is the month for Love, right?
How about the kind of love that meets regularly to talk about what's being taught at church, have some food and fellowship together!
Our CVBC church family community groups are meeting! These are weekly or bi-weekly groups that meet to discuss the previous sermons being taught at CVBC. Held at CVBC member's homes, or at the church due to weather lately!
Here is the schedule...
This Community Group meets at 6:00pm in the Foothill and Waterloo Road area. This group meets every other week, as of Wednesday, February 15, 2023.
Both of these groups meet in the Minden area at 6:00pm. One meets every week, the other meets every other week.
These groups are special and always open for new attendees! For more information, address, etc., please reach out to us here at the church - we'll direct you to your new best place to be during the week! firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you there!
CVBC Needs Ministry
You may have noticed in the last few weeks we're introducing (or re-introducing!) some of our ministries that we love at CVBC.
This week, we're featuring our Needs Ministry - one that is very special and unique. This ministry helps individuals and families with tangible needs such as transportation, food and more. We're spending some time early this year to regroup and define how this ministry can assist our church family, and beyond.
If you'd like to serve, or have questions, please feel free to meet with us right after church this Sunday, Feb 19th in the Study!
Any questions, send me an email to email@example.com. Thanks to all!
CVBC Community Involvement Resources
We're committed to our Values here at CVBC - and this week we're highlighting one and providing a resource for our church family!
"Be in the world through missions, evangelism and volunteering" is close to our hearts and on our minds! This resource gives the names of several local organizations in Carson valley where more than a few members serve on a continual basis, and a contact for that organization.
By clicking on this link, you can view, click on the link(s), download and/or print the document. Or, pick up a copy at the Connect Desk!
We're grateful our church loves to serve - which we have been celebrating the last few weeks... you surely have been the love of Jesus to us, and to our community!
"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace" 1 Peter 4:10
Featured song for this Sunday's service
We're very grateful for Ben Eddis, who led song worship last Sunday - he's simply the best!
This week, you can see what we are singing by reading the Liturgy column above. We're choosing to feature
"In Christ Alone"
20 years ago, this song was co-written by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty, the song became very popular, and right away. Townend writes “I think content is vitally important to our corporate worship,” Townend shares. “Sometimes great melodies are let down by indifferent or clichéd words. It’s the writer’s job to dig deep into the meaning of Scripture and express in poetic and memorable ways the truth he or she finds there. Knowing the truth about God and who we are in Him is central to our lives as believers. Songs remain in the mind in a way sermons do not, so songwriters have an important role and a huge responsibility.” It's why we have this song in our Team playlist - the words are rich and deep, and essential to us here at CVBC. Learn more about the song here: https://www.crosswalk.com/church/worship/song-story-in-christ-alone-1275127.html.
Here are those words we will sing - and remember - this Sunday!
In Christ alone my hope is found,
In Christ alone! – who took on flesh,
There in the ground His body lay,
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
Lyrics copyright 2001 Kingsway/Thankyou Music
... Your song worship team!
What kind of love is this?
... thoughts from the Narrow Gate
There are many seasons of life. There are many seasons of love.
There are many kinds of life. There are many kinds of love.
Let's hear from the One who created Love - Galations 5:22-23 - "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law." The Apostle Paul wrote this to the Galatians. Just exactly was he getting at?
Well, back in the late 40's AD, he's writing to these people who were probably members of the churches of the southern region of the Roman province Galatia. Most of his letter to this specific audience regard false teaching, division and according to Paul himself (Gal 1:6-7) "turning to a different gospel - not that there is another one, but there are some that trouble you, and want to distort the Gospel of Christ."
Knowing this, Paul continues to speak to them - yes, in love. He reminds them of his personal story - he didn't receive the Gospel from any man, but from "a revelation of Jesus Christ" (Gal 1:12). Paul reminds them of his former Judaism, persecution of the church, and literally trying to destroy it - from his hate for the early church.
John writes about Jesus' commandment - "to love one another as I have loved you." Even though John was the one who wrote about this, it truly is the subject matter of all Paul's New Testament letters to those whom he loved. This man practiced what he wrote about. He was in prison for years - persecuted himself for his faith. Yet he personally knew about this kind of love, speaking about it over and over in his letters, and encouraging them to do the same.
What about us? What is this kind of love, to truly love one another, maybe in spite of ourselves and circumstances? It's easy to love people when things are good. But how about when they are not so good?
For me, it's something I've had to practice (yes, mindful, purposeful practice!) for quite some time. It needs to be said this is not an easy task sometimes (or if I'm being real), easy ever. I don't think John meant the kind of love that our animals, who are "excited to see us when we get home no matter what kind of day they had", kind of love. He meant determined, deliberate and even persistent kind of love - I might even say "hard core" love. For people you probably don't feel like doing that with - ever. I have had that "practice". There are no words to describe doing this! So why even try?
Jesus gives us the reason to do this:
"By this, all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." Meaning it's difficult, and that some people won't even understand how you could love someone (still) like that. Maybe he's talking about the marriages plagued with infidelity, the victim of a crime, the betrayal of a family member... so many more. We are being challenged as believers by John, who recorded this very important conversation Jesus had with him and the disciples.
I know I have been challenged. And will continue to be challenged this side of heaven.
I also know that this love has been displayed for all to see, for all to remember, and for all to practice.
It took place on the cross, right before Jesus died. "Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34).
Love them anyway friends...
Till He comes again,
"Hold us together" Matt Maher: https://youtu.be/Kaem0ThvW3c
Have a Great Week!
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