It may appear that our sight is going through a slow time. Well this is due to our Pastor of nearly 15 years moving on to a ministry (which we fully support) in Cambodia ministering to missionaries abroad. We are currently under the guidance of an elder who has stepped up to fill in as pastor. The process of finding a new pastor is progressing forward and we are beginning to interview candidates. Please join with us and pray for our congregation to find the pastor that will best guide us and help us continue to move forward.
Sunday was Derek’s last Sunday as pastor/preacher/minister of the First Christian Church of Newport. This message is a look at the church based upon the metaphors used to describe in the New Testament.
Please have a listen.
FYI, if you’re curious about what Derek and Pam will be doing now, please see their web page here: Living On the Far Side, as well as the web site of Agape International Missions, the organization they will be serving with.
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But what about when our oh-so-important rules get in the way of more important things?
That question lies at the heart of what Jesus was saying in Matthew 12:1–8.
Have a listen to find out what’s more important than obeying the rules.
Growing up in the church, most of us are likely taught that “accepting Jesus,” or “becoming a Christian” has, as its primary benefit, the twin promises of eternal life and the avoidance of eternal punishment. That’s true, isn’t it? Therefore, many — maybe even most — followers of Jesus “sell” the Gospel message as being primarily about going to heaven and/or avoiding hell.
Certainly our eternal destiny is a part of the equation, but when Jesus spoke to lost people, he used a different tack. He did not tell sinful people, “Join with me or you’ll burn in hell.” No, he said “Join me, follow me, live life with me, and you’ll be free, part of God’s family, and your life will have meaning.” That’s a far cry from the way often paint salvation as a simplistic dichotomy of “heaven OR hell.”
Click here to listen to more about why it’s not just about going to heaven and avoiding hell.
Our annual Christmas Eve Service will be at 6:30pm. Please join us for a time of worship as we celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ to earth.
Are you ready for Christmas? Don’t groan. Most people aren’t. In our experience, many people come away from Christmas feeling anything but closer to God, even though they have just “celebrated” the coming of Jesus. Here is a message about three words that just might help your Christmas experience.