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.
SERMON FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 19, 2021
This week we will focus on what it means to have faith and works. Although we are not saved by our works, never the less they are necessary in being able to confess that we are saved. We will study how they work together in the sermon entitled “Workless Faith is Worthless Faith.”
From Pastor Gary
An unknown author wrote, “True friends aren’t the ones who make problems disappear. They are the ones who won’t disappear when you’re facing problems.” This is a good definition of this week’s aspect of the Fruit of the Spirit, “faithfulness.” The biblical definition of faithfulness is, “the act of being true to your word or promise. It’s the ability to follow through on commitments with dedication.”
The example we of course look to is God himself. Here is a list of just 10 promises of God.
1. God’s presence—“Never will I leave you” (Hebrews 13.5)
2. God’s protection—“I am your shield” (Genesis 15.1)
3. God’s power—“I will strengthen you” (Isaiah 41.10)
4. God’s provision—“I will help you” (Isaiah 41.10)
5. God’s leading—“And when he has brought out his own, he goes before them” (John 10.4)
6. God’s rest—“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11.28)
7. God’s goodness—“No good thing will He withhold from them that work uprightly” (Psalm 84.11)
8. God’s faithfulness—“The Lord will not forsake His people for His great name’s sake” (1 Samuel 12.22)
9. God’s guidance—“The meek will He guide” (Psalm 25.9)
10. God’s wise plan—“All things work together for good to them that love God” (Romans 8.28)
When we make promises to God and promises to each other we need to keep them. When we promise to be there for someone, to support them, to “have their back,” we need to be faithful to these commitments. We all know that there are circumstances that arise which prevent us from keeping promises. But I would surmise that the percentage of those times are far less than the times we neglect being faithful. Most of these times happen simply because it is too much trouble to keep our promise.
What would life be like if God decided it is too much trouble to provide for us, be present with us, protect us, to guide us, to be good to us. What if God decided it was too much trouble to send his Son to die for us as he had promised. Let us follow God’s example of faithfulness to Him and to others.
WORSHIP CELEBRATIONS ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2021 – This coming Sunday we will focus on what it means to have faith and works. Although we are not saved by our works, never the less they are necessary in being able to confess that we are saved. We will study how they work together in the sermon entitled “Workless Faith is Worthless Faith.”
We continue to make every effort to upload the sermon around noon on Sunday, on our YouTube channel and our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/colonialparkcommunitybaptistchurch
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ADULT SMALL GROUP STUDIES READINGS –
September 21, Tuesday, 10:00 AM – 1 Peter 3
September 22, Wednesday – 6:30 PM – 1 Peter 3
NEXT ABWM FUNDRAISERS – Look for more information to come.
Pasta Lunch – October 17
Boscov’s Friend Helping Friends Day – October 20
TRUNK OR TREAT – This ministry may be unfamiliar to some of you. This is how it works. You decide to decorate the back of your car (the open trunk) with a theme of your choosing. It can be anything (sports, Biblical, fall/autumn, movie characters etc.) We can help you find ideas (so can Google). We may also be able to help with some of the decorations you might need. If you do not want to provide a “trunk” you might donate candy for those who do participate to distribute. At this point Lower Paxton Township has set Sunday, October 31 (Halloween), 6-8. as Trick or Treat night. Calendar • Lower Paxton Township, PA • CivicEngage (lowerpaxton-pa.gov) There will be a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. We are hoping to have at least 5-6 trunks in the Mauretania side parking lot. To help everyone remain safe, we are asking that all participants will put the candy in the visitor’s bucket or bag instead of them grabbing the candy. All participants should wear masks, sanitize frequently and/or wear gloves.
GIANT GIFT CARDS – We have not reminded you in a while that Giant Gift cards, which can be used in the grocery store and at the gas pump are still available for purchase through our American Baptist Women’s Ministry. When you purchase these gift cards, ABWM receives 5% of the purchase which they use totally to support their missions and missionaries. If you would like to purchase any gift cards please see, or call Anna.
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.
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