Hi brothers and sisters,
Here are some things I have to share with you this week:
Thank you for allowing me to be in California this week. I was encouraged by time with other pastors and sharpened in terms of my own sanctification and my theology.
Susie and I were thankful for the time we were able to spend with Jerry over this past weekend. As someone who knows me well and the Scripture well, he provided some much needed sharpening and recalibration. It refreshed my soul in so many ways and clarified my focus on what priorities I need be pursuing personally and ones for us as a ministry. More to come on that in the future. What a gift to our church!
Thank you to all who helped make the weekend happen and also made time to be part of it. Recordings are up for any who couldn’t make it or those who want to re-listen. My earnest prayer is that his ministry here would bear lasting fruit among us. I’ve already heard testimony of specific ways that God used his word to expose, bring conviction, urgency, and also encouragement throughout the body from last weekend.
On the way to the airport Pastor Jerry was sharing how encouraged he was from his interaction with the body as he heard consistently about your love for the word of God and your love for one another. As he said Sunday, these are days to cherish as God is just beginning his work at and through CBC.
Music on the LOrd’s Day
As I’ve mentioned recently that we intend to add instruments to our Lord’s Day worship service I wanted to give some additional context for those comments.
We believe the praise of God’s people on the Lord’s Day is led by qualified men and we will continue singing lyrics that are theologically accurate, doctrinally rich, and doxologically focused. In other words we want to sing that which is true, God-centered, and results in praise unto his name. It will still be dignified and reverent.
That said, we plan to expand beyond our current hymnal to include other songs and add various instruments as God brings skilled musicians to add variety of expression to the singing portion of our weekly gathering. This will bring new musical expression and lyrical expression. Here’s an article that you can read and consider as we anticipate this transition that gives some principles that underly our approach to this topic.
I'm grateful that we are at this point in the development of our ministry, and believe it will be a wonderful enhancement to our weekly worship service.
Each week we are getting closer to being able to set forth clear ways that you can be involved at the new property. For now to get you thinking here is a little more detail on what we are putting together.
MOVE/SET UP. Everything needed before moving into the new place and for freshening it up right after we move in (landscaping, pressure washing, cleaning, planning, painting, shopping, etc.). April/May
REPAIR. Fixing and upgrading various items in disrepair (replace doors, install gutters, fix electrical items, etc.) May-Summer
BUILD. Planning, meeting, and researching. We will be working to put in place a long term plan for the facility (examples include: meeting with contractors for quotes, organizing information, working with Linn County, etc.). May and beyond.
truth for the week ahead
May you remember this week who owns you! To the degree that we grasp this reality it frees us from serving other masters, it sanctifies us from continuing in sin, and it empowers us for walking in newness of life.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20-Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.