Service Times

Sunday Morning Class:
9:00 am

Sunday Morning Worship:
10:15 am

Sunday Evening Worship:
6:00 pm

Building Address

1701 West Main St

Medford, OR  97501

Phone Number

541 772 9640

Updated Website is available at

www. churchwestmain.org

Home Bulletins March 4, 2015

March 4, 2015

 

 

THE GOSPEL:  MORE THAN SALVATION

 

 

 

A question that often and repeatedly comes up concerns what the gospel is about primarily. Typically, the question is stated as, “What is the heart of the gospel?” This question about the heart of the gospel goes to what we are to regard as most important, or what is fundamentally essential to share when teaching the gospel. Not uncommonly, we associate the well-known “Great Commission” for what it means to communicate the essentials (Matthew 28:19-20):

 

 

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

 

 

What troubles me most in the above statement is the phrase, “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded.” How can we possibly teach everything? What is essential when everything is essential? Are not some truths concerning the gospel more important than others? Is there not a central core teaching about the gospel that could encompass other aspects of what Jesus taught? Over the years I have had members ask, “What do you have to know and believe in order to be a Christian?” What are the bare essentials in becoming a Christian? Human nature is like water that always seeks the path of least resistance. The question about what we have to know is often borne out of intellectual, emotional, and psychological laziness.

 

 

How much will the gospel demand of me? What does the gospel compel me to learn? Jesus says, “Everything I have commanded.” There are no shortcuts to salvation. But what happens when we try to boil the complexity of the gospel down to some sort of essentials? What is lost in reducing the scope of “everything” Jesus taught? If you declare a shallow gospel, then will you not make shallow Christians?

 

 

One way we short-change the vast richness of the gospel is by focusing only or almost exclusively on our being justified by faith in Christ. In other words, we tend to think the gospel is primarily about our forgiveness of sins. Now before you call me a heretic, hear me out. Justification by faith is the Protestant mantra since the Reformation. Now as we look at the New Testament, is the central or essential message about the Gospel our justification by faith? How often does, say, the Apostle Paul, speak of justification by faith? Depending on how you regard certain texts, Paul uses the phrase “justified by faith” only six times (Romans 3:28; 5:1; 10:10; Galatians 2:16; 3:11; 3:24). As you can see from the previous texts the statements concerning justification by faith come from just two letters: Romans and Galatians. Can such scant verses really form the center of the gospel?

 

 

Consider this. What is often overlooked in the Great Commission is Jesus’ opening words: “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me’” (Matthew 28:18). In other words, Jesus is King of Kings, Lord of Lords. What we will see in our coming sermons in Ephesians is how the Kingship of Jesus is more “central” to Paul’s gospel than being justified by faith for the forgiveness of sins. This does not mean forgiveness of sins is not important, but rather forgiveness of sins is under a much larger truth, or I should say, Person: Jesus Christ. Jesus is more than a Savior, he saves because he has absolute authority even over sin and death. Salvation is but one of Jesus’ domains of power! If we are to teach everything Jesus commanded, then certainly we must start with the One who starts and ends it all: Jesus our King!

 

    – Terry

 

 

 

Vacation Bible School is scheduled for July 13-17 this year. We will have our next planning meeting on Sunday, March 15,at 2:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room. If you would like to help in any way,please plan to come to the meeting. If you need more information, please contact Denise Beeks.

 

 

Teacher Needed  --  We need a teacher for our 2nd and 3rd grade classfor Sunday morning. If you can help, please contact Denise Beeks.

 

 

Daddy-Daughter-Dinner-Dance will be held on April 18, in the early evening. Space is limited to forty girls and their dates - registration will open this Sunday, March 8. The cost is $24.00 per couple and tickets will go on sale in mid-March. If you think that you will be coming - please register with Marcie Dixon. You may call her, e-mail her, or see her this Sunday. Payment will be due by April 5 and is non-refundable. There are many girls who have already asked if they may register and the spots will go quickly.

 

This will be a special evening - all girls ages 5-18 years old are invited to attend. This year’s theme is loosely based on Breakfast at Tiffany’s.Each young lady will get a special charm and special handmade photo folder with a 5x7 photo of herself with her date. Dinner and dessert is delicious and our evenings are always fun and memorable.   You may contact Marcie if you have more questions or would like to register. More details to come.

 

 

 

Prime Timers  --  Wear Your Green!  We will have our next Potluck Luncheon on Thursday, March 19, at noon in the Fireside Room. Please bring your favorite dishes to share.


 

Prayer Requests . . . The Pannell family has been ill with the flu - Merrick is still not feeling well...Reed Barlow is in Providence Hospital with pneumonia and bronchitis...For Rheanna, Christina Duarte’s older sister, who has epilepsy and had a seizure recently. Also for Rheanna’s nine year old daughter, Malaya,who also had a seizure. She is worried that her daughter might have epilepsy, too - please pray for their healing... Brian Pannell’s cousin attends high school in Memphis. A classmate’s family suffered a tragedy in the death of the son and father. Please pray for comfort and healing for the family...For Jack Spodnik’s friend, Finn, who is starting a new school this week...For David Mayes to be more giving and forgiving and for his friends, Cora, whose nephew passed away and for Brandi’s move to go smoothly.   For our President and all of our military men, women and families.

 

 

 

Congratulations to Jed and Ashley Rennels on the birth of their daughter, Brynlee Ann, on Friday, February 27. Brynlee weighed in at 7 pounds and 3 ounces and was 20 ½ inches long. Mom and Dad and baby are all doing fine. Also, congratulations to grandparents, Bud and Melanie Rennels, and great-grandparents, Mel and Mary Hamilton, Glenda Rennels and Larry and Wydie Denn.


 

 

Calendar of Events

March 6-8: Camp Yamhill Men’s Retreat

March 7:  Daylight Saving Time Begins

                Set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed!

March 15: VBS Meeting; FSR; 2:00 p.m.

March 19: Prime Timers Luncheon; FSR; Noon

March 21-29: Mexico Mission Trip

April 18: Daddy/Daughter Dinner Dance

 

 

 


 


 
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