Welcome to this church. We hope that what you find on these pages will entice you to visit us and get to know us up close and personally. We have a heart for Jesus the Christ, for one another, and for the community in which God has placed us. We have found strength, peace, love and hope in Jesus and we want to share this with you, so that you can enter into a dynamic relationship with Jesus. If you already know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, we want help you grow closer to him in fellowship and service. We are a church where everyone is welcome to worship, grow and minister.
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PROCEDURES FOR JOINING US FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP CAN BE FOUND ON THE "WHAT'S HAPPENING" PAGE.
SERMON FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 17, 2021
This Sunday’s sermon we are looking at the story of Jesus’ baptism. This is the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry and teaches us some important truths including about our own baptisms. The sermon is entitled, “The Baptism of Jesus.”
MESSAGE FROM PASTOR GARY
Greetings to all of you,
The prophet Habakkuk wrote, “How long, O LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong?” (Habakkuk 1.2-3) Habakkuk saw the immorality and idolatry of the nation of Judah and asked God when he was going to step in and do something about it. He wanted to know when God was going to judge the people of Judah and to stop what he was seeing. The answer of the Lord comes beginning in Habakkuk 1.5. The answer was that he would bring an even more immoral and idolatrous nation, the Babylonians to judge the nation and would eventually lead them into exile.
Today, and for many years, many of us Christ followers have made the same cry. The recent insurrection on January 6 is just one of many reasons for why we cry, “How long, O LORD, must we cry for help.” Not just in the United States of America do we see increased immorality and idolatry, rebellion against the law of God to love Him and to love our neighbor, but we see it throughout the world. The global mantra of the pandemic is that “we are in this together.” That is the global spiritual mantra also, “we are sinning together.” Sin and rebellion against God is a spiritual virus that continues to grow every day.
And so, we who have a hope and an understanding of the future God has ordained, we ask God how long O Lord, before Jesus returns to glorify those who are Christ followers, and judge those who have rebelled against God and rejected the love of Jesus the Christ. In Revelation 22.20 Jesus proclaimed, “I am coming soon.” Like John we say, “Amen, Come, Lord Jesus!”
But while we are waiting for Jesus to come and bring about the fullest manifestation of the Kingdom of Heaven, Jesus calls us to examine our relationship with Him, utilize our gifts and talents for the equipping of the church and the advancement the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and treating our fellow human being with the same love we would show Jesus if he were physically in our midst. (Matthew 25) Let us do these things to the glory of God no matter how long God waits.
JANUARY 17th WORSHIP – This coming Sunday we will look at the story of Jesus’ baptism. This is the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry and teaches us some important truths including about our own baptisms. The sermon is entitled, “The Baptism of Jesus.”
We continue to make every effort to upload the sermon around noon Sunday, but it will definitely be uploaded by Monday evening on YouTube and our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/colonialparkcommunitybaptistchurch
For archive sermons are on YouTube:
ADULT SMALL GROUP STUDIES READINGS –
Tuesday, 10:00 AM – Micah 1
Wonderful Wednesday, 6:30 PM – Micah 1
SECRET PRAYER PARTNERS – Through the years, the ABWM has sponsored the Secret Prayer Partner ministry. Through this ministry, women have prayed for one another and encouraged one another throughout the year in many ways. At the end of the year they learned who the prayer partner was and thanked them for praying and caring. They would like to continue to offer this ministry again this year but would like to open it up to the men of the church as well. If you would like to be secretly paired up with another person for prayer please contact Anna Bitner. Once all names are submitted, she will tell who your partner is.
LOVE GIFT SUNDAY – Once again in February we will celebrate Love Gift Sunday. This is a special year-long offering which was started in 1932 by the American Baptist Women Ministries to help the shortfall that the denomination’s United Mission giving was experiencing then. The offering continued from that time onward as an over and above offering. This offering is increasingly necessary as the Unite Mission giving continues to see short falls. With the pandemic, this offering is even more crucial. On Valentine’s Day, February 14 we will take a special Love Gift Offering. If you would like to give to this offering on that day, or any time throughout the year, please designate your donation as Love Gift and we will see that it is credited to this offering. There will be special designated envelopes in the sanctuary to use for this offering.
TITHES AND OFFERINGS – We want to thank all of you for your continued faithfulness to the ministry of Christ through sending in your tithes and offerings. For those attending our in-person worship celebrations you will be able to place tithes and offerings in an offering plate in the front of the sanctuary on Sundays. For those not ready to attend yet, you can continue to mail them, or drop them off in the church mailbox.
FOOD DONATIONS – We encourage you to continue to donate food for the local food pantry. If you would like to donate food, please bring your food to the church and they will be taken down to Calvary UMC. The third Sunday of the month will still be Food Bank Sunday.
God Bless each of you. Remain Calm, Remain Safe, Remain Praying
How To Become a Follower of Jesus
"If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10.9
Becoming a follower of Jesus Christ requires repenting of your sins, and believing that Jesus died on the cross and rose again to forgive you of those sins and entering into a relationship with Him.
If you are ready to become a follower of Jesus Christ pray this prayer:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose again from the dead. I turn my life over to You. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. Amen.
For more information about your new life in Jesus Christ, contact us at the church.
Ways to Accept Christ