If you have concerns, comments, questions or insights to share concerning the future direction for our church, please write them out and email them to Pastor Kenton before October 12 when the Apostolic Council will be meeting to pray and discern what to recommend. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
A congregational meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 25, 7:00pm here at the church. Pastor Kenton will be meeting with us.
From the Pastor’s Heart,
The lesson last weekend hit us a little hard. Ananias and Sapphira were part of the early beginnings of the church after the Holy spirit was poured out on the Day of Pentecost. They lost their life for the sin of lying. Appearing to do more than they really did. They sold a piece of property and supposedly brought the whole amount to the apostles to distribute as needed but kept part of it back for themselves. Peter made it clear that the property was theirs and the money they got from selling it was theirs to do with whatever they wanted. But secretly keeping part of the proceeds back for themselves while giving the appearance of bringing the whole amount was considered lying. Peter asked Ananias, why did you conceive this deed in your heart. You have not lied to men but to God. Hearing that Ananias fell over dead. About three hours later, Sapphira came in not knowing what had happened. Peter asked her if they had sold the land for such and such a price. She said, yes that was the price. Peter said, why is it that you have agreed together to put the Spirit of the Lord to the test? She also fell over and breathed her last. That is down right scary.
Lying is serious business. Yet it is probably one of the most common sins even in the church. Geri Scazzero in the book we are using in our emotionally healthy study, notes that lying is so much a part of our world – in politics, business, dating, income tax returns, job applications, advertising, families, friendships, workplaces, schools – that we shouldn’t be surprised that lying is also pervasive within the Christian community. We lie with our words. We lie with our smile. We lie with our bodies. We lie with our silence, we lie to ourselves, we lie to others, and we even lie to God, an we think nothing of it because everyone does it. Wow! What an indictment. And if that is really true we all are in deeper trouble than we may realize. Seeing what happened to Ananias and Sapphira we should be praising and thanking God for his grace and mercy and that we are still alive and not dead.
If we want to mature and grow up in Christ we must quit lying and instead live in the truth. As we heard the word, process it in our small groups, applied it to our lives, and prayed for one another, hopefully we are all taking steps in the direction of living in truth. So, we have learned to quit fearing what others think,and to quit lying. This coming weekend we will focus on the need to quit dying to the wrong things. Hopefully, some of our misconceptions of what it means to die to self and to be crucified with Christ, will be cleared up. Read chapter 3 in the book and ponder the questions in the workbook in preparation for the message and small group interaction. We are on a life changing journey. Don’t miss out. The benefit we receive will be in direct proportion to the diligence we devote to it.