Glory

Dear brothers and sisters,

I was so encouraged by our time together last Sunday as we launched our first Two Gatherings! What wonderful fellowship, singing, hearing of God’s word, and french toast!

Sermon Recap

Last Sunday concluded our series on the five solas. From Romans 11:33-36 we considered the last of the solas, wich holds all the others together—soli Deo gloria. God’s glory alone. We have a tendency to believe that we are the sun, and that everything revolves around us and is for us. But our text tells us that “from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forevery” (v. 36). This simple verse means that God is the source of everything, the means of everything, and the goal of everything. Therefore, God deserves all honor and praise from all people for all eternity. This is gloriously good news, because God’s glory is our joy. We are made to enjoy God, just as the earth was made to revolve around the sun, bask in its warmth, and be nourished by its light. If you try to suck everything into your gravitational pull and make yourself the center, you will be frustrated!

Let’s take some time this week to think about the things in our lives that are stealing our joy because we are stealing the glory. How might these things look different if we made God the center? Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God! (1 Cor. 10:31).

By grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, according to Scripture alone, for God’s glory alone.

Serving

Our church family has been incredibly blessed by so many who have sacrificed to serve and build up the body of Christ. This is precisely what Jesus did—giving himself for the good of his people. Thank you for your Christ-like response especially as we’ve transitioned to two gatherings. If you are still wanting to serve, below are a few specific church needs. We are looking for:

3 people to help with pre-school (this is our biggest need)

1 person to be an usher in the second service

2-3 people to help at the coffee bar

Contact us here if you are interested. Thank you!

Wednesday Nights

All Christians are disciples who make disciples. Want to learn how? Join us tonight (Aug. 9th) from 6:30 – 8 pm for Disciplemaker’s Fall Kick-off Night! Come ask questions and learn about what we will be studying this semester. Click here for more info.

In Christ,

Phil Hoshiwara