SERMON SERIES FROM 2 PETER!
2 Peter is a reminder that we serve a Sovereign God who is in control of all events! In chapter 2, the apostle Peter warns the persecuted believers of the danger of false teachers who were increasing in number and popularity by telling people what they wanted to hear and twisting Christ’s teaching. He urged the believers (and urges us) to expect this and to stand firm by paying close attention and holding fast to God’s truth. Through the references to Noah and Lot, the righteous are reassured of God’s care for them, and the wicked are warned of God’s destruction if they do not repent.
- Sunday, September 26 – Youth Sunday!
- Wednesday, September 29 – Midweek Fellowship!
- Saturday, October 2 – Community Resource Fair in parking lot!
- Sunday, October 3 – Baby Bottle Campaign Begins!
MIDWEEK FELLOWSHIP IS BACK!
Please plan to join us this Wednesday, September 29th, for the kick-off of our midweek fellowship! We will share a potluck meal at 6 p.m. and then break out for Bible Study from 7-8 p.m. Hope to see you there!
Potluck Details: If your last name begins with A-J, please bring a main dish; L-R, please bring a side dish; S-Z, please bring a dessert.
Bible Study Details: Gerald MacDicken will lead the midweek study entitled “Journey through Psalms 1-50.” You are invited to join this inspirational journey through these beautiful and inspiring songs of praise, thanksgiving, and lament. Mike Raiter, author of the study, invites participants to rediscover, or see for the first time, why you can rejoice, weep, and put your hope in our Shepherd, Judge, and King! This class will meet in the Library from 7-8 p.m. If you have any questions, you may email Gerald MacDicken @ email@example.com.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE…
The influence of church and school came together in a 7-year-old’s Monday morning prayer: “Give us this day our daily bread, and liberty and justice for all. Amen.”
BABY BOTTLE CAMPAIGN!
It’s almost time for the Baby Bottle Campaign to begin! This campaign will help raise funds for the local Care Net Center as they continue to meet the needs of young, pregnant mothers-to-be. Baby bottles will be distributed at church starting Sunday, October 3, and the goal is for you to distribute them to your families, friends, and loved ones to see how many we can fill by the end of October!
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL!
Fall is here and we are excited about bringing back our Sunday morning adult Bible Study! Start date is scheduled for October 10, just 2 weeks away. Classes will be led by Ruth Hill and will be held in the Narthex at 8:45 a.m.
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Last Sunday, Pastor Shaun preached on 2 Peter chapter 1. As background, 2 Peter was written during a time of intense _________ of believers. Peter knew the potential for discouragement from unyielding persecution; he also recognized the potential for young believers to be drawn away from their _____ by false doctrines. Peter wrote this epistle to exhort these believers who he dearly loved to stand fast in their faith, to love one another, and to keep ________ in their relationship with the Lord. Peter urges them to pay close attention to the message in the Word, because it is like a lamp shining in a dark place. Verse 3 says, “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who _____ us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.” As Pastor Shaun said, “Through the written Word and the indwelling Holy Spirit, we have everything we need!” Verses 5-8 instruct us to keep growing as believers by supplementing our faith with moral excellence, patient endurance, self-control, brotherly affection, and love for everyone. Pastor Shaun calls these verses a “_______ for Growing in Christ.” Pastor Shaun also called attention to Peter’s warning to these believers, where he urged them not to slip back into their old sinful ways by turning a blind eye to the truth of the Word and conviction of the Holy Spirit. Peter encouraged them to work _____ and follow the instructions in verses 5-8 (the “Recipe for Growing in Christ”) so that they will continue to live productive and useful lives for our Lord Jesus Christ. Peter’s love for these believers, and his longing that they remain steadfast in their faith, is evident in his words: “I will always _______ you of these things. Our Lord Jesus has shown me that I must _____ leave this earthly life, so I will work hard to make sure you always remember these teachings after I am gone.” What a transformation we see in Peter—from a loud, impulsive, self-promoting fisherman to a bold, articulate, loving evangelist. What kind of transformation do people see in you?J
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Don’t forget your masks! For the health and safety of all, particularly those in our church family with fragile or compromised immune systems, we at Midway are continuing the mask-wearing protocol. Thank you all for your patience and consideration for one another!
1. Continue to pray for loved ones and community members who are sick with COVID.
2. Continue to pray for strength, health, and reprieve for our healthcare workers as they care for all the wounded and sick patients who enter their clinics and hospitals.
3. Continue to pray for our nations and leaders.
September 26: Rev. Shaun Higgins, 2 Peter 2:1-22
October 3: Rev. Shaun Higgins, 2 Peter 3:1-18
CHURCH & OFFICE INFORMATION
- The Church Office is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Office phone number: 206-878-4861 // Office email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sunday Morning Worship Service: 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary (or online at live.midcov.org)
- Children’s Sunday School upstairs at 10:30 a.m.
- Discipleship Lunch Group: Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
- Midweek Fellowship: Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall
- Men’s Bible Study Breakfast Group: Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. at Tuscany’s in Des Moines