Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
This Sunday we will continue our look at the three-fold word of assurance found in Jude 1:1. You will remember that before Jude sends his readers into the world to “contend” for the faith of the Gospel, he provides them with the encouragement every Christian soldier needs. Having reminded us of our call to salvation, Jude will add to this the assurance of our Father’s love for us, as well as the promise that we are always being guarded and kept safe for our Savior. Our focus for this message will be upon the fact that we are “beloved in God the Father,” and are “kept for Jesus Christ.”
You can see that this is one of the wonderful places in the New Testament that provides for us the guarantee of the security, or the preservation, of our salvation in Christ. We also find addition help with this in our confessional standards. The Westminster Shorter Catechism explains our theology of the effectual calling to salvation, the love of God for us, as well as our Father’s preservation of our salvation:
Q67: What is effectual calling?
A67: Effectual calling is the work of God’s almighty power and grace, whereby (out of his free and special love to his elect, and from nothing in them moving him thereunto) he doth, in his accepted time, invite and draw them to Jesus Christ, by his word and Spirit; savingly enlightening their minds, renewing and powerfully determining their wills, so as they (although in themselves dead in sin) are hereby made willing and able freely to answer his call, and to accept and embrace the grace offered and conveyed therein.
Q79: May not true believers, by reason of their imperfections, and the many temptations and sins they are overtaken with, fall away from the state of grace?
A79: True believers, by reason of the unchangeable love of God, and his decree and covenant to give them perseverance, their inseparable union with Christ, his continual intercession for them, and the Spirit and seed of God abiding in them, can neither totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
I believe that the Lord has a wonderful word of comfort and assurance for us this Lord’s Day, and I can’t wait to discover it with you!
All my love,
Sunday School is on hiatus and will resume September 11. During the Summer, fellowship will begin each week at 10 AM, with our regular service of worship beginning at 10:30 AM.
If you would like supplemental padding for the pews, we have some in the Narthex. See Joe Sims if you have questions.
Youth Group Summer Fellowship Schedule:
We will have a youth ultimate night on Thursday, July 28th. We will serve pizza for dinner! Times forthcoming.
We will have a pool and 9-square night at the King’s house on Tuesday, August 16. Please be aware that this date has shifted from previous communications. Times and sign-up forthcoming as we get closer to the date.
The Senior Fellows will have breakfast on August 2 at 9 AM.
Senior Sisters: The next meeting will be on July 21 at 10:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall. Please contact Suellen Dempsey, Kathy Cooper, or Kathy Hightower with questions.
Monthly Lunch: Our next monthly luncheon will be on August 4 beginning at 11 AM at the Timbers Edge Clubhouse located at 1 Timbers Main, Brownsboro. It’s potluck – feel free to bring a dish or just yourself. If you have questions or transportation needs please contact Pat Galecki at 256-244-0612
We will have a CPC men’s golf outing at Robert Trent Jones Hampton Cove course on July 30 at 8:30 AM. We will play 18- holes on the par 3 course and then eat lunch at the clubhouse. A sign-up sheet will be forthcoming. When you sign up put an “A”, “B” or “C” by your name. “A” for frequent golfers, “B” for golfers that play every now and then and “C” for never play. Organizers will make equally matched teams of 3 or 4 (depending on how many play) and we’ll have a friendly competition. Each team will take the best score for each hole. The par 3 course will be a lot of fun for all levels of golfers so I encourage everyone to participate. Approximate cost for the golf is $18.00 and a cart is $13.00. POCs are Joey McCool (email@example.com) or David O’Neil (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sign up at this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4da9a72ea5ffc43-cpcmens
The Career/singles group won’t have Sunday evening meetings during the month of July, but will resume in mid/late August. First Monday suppers will continue. For July, please join us for a picnic supper at the jazz band concert at Big Spring Park on July 11th. See Jim or Sharon Daughtry for details.
Healing: Please pray for the health of the following individuals: Juergen Haukohl, Collins Bailey, Virdia Jastrebski, Ramona Edwards, Steve Terry, Bill Cowley, and Elizabeth Holton. Additional details may be found in the Ministries/Prayer Requests section of the church website.
Expecting: Please pray for the Thornhills (August); the Thompsons (September); the Elys (November).
Ministries: Please pray for the following missionaries and ministries: Seth and Jessica Lewis (Ireland); Steve and Rita Williams (New Zealand); Noah and Karleigh Stephens (Thailand); Vinnie and Molly Athey (RUF at UAH); Marcus and Jessica Nobles (RUF at Alabama A&M); Ken and Angie Burnett (FCA); Franky and Alaina Garcia (church plant in Canada); Dieter Paulson (church plant in Scottsboro, AL); Gannon Miles (seminary student); The Huntsville Pregnancy Resource Center.
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288 Old Highway 431
Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763