Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
If you have been studying the Book of Jude along with us this summer, you’ve doubtless been moved by the language of the fourth verse in the epistle. In this verse, Jude tells us what has prompted his letter, and what has triggered his exhortation to the members of the church to “contend for the faith” (v. 3).
If we were to summarize the situation in view, it would be that the pure, saving grace of the Gospel was being contorted and deformed into something very different. Jude says that the enemies of the Gospel have sought to “pervert the grace of our God” (v. 4). So, there it is. This is the emergency that led the brother of our Lord to pen his note to his fellow-believers in Christ.
The devil, our “ancient foe,” has a number of strategies he uses against the Church and the Gospel. Sometimes it is persecution. Sometimes it is by means of extreme temptation. And then there is his devilish attempt to pollute or change the Gospel message itself. This is the very thing that Jude’s readers were facing. Satan had deployed into the Church a cast of powerfully attractive spokesmen who did not explicitly disavow the grace of God, but sought to twist it into something else altogether.
On Sunday, we will learn more about this demonic strategy, and how we may guard our hearts and our fellowship from such a twisted grace.
I love you all so much,
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.
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.
Back to School pool party on August 7 from 4-6 PM at the Hidden Lake pool. Watch for details from Ashley Turnbull later this month!
The Senior Fellows will have breakfast on August 2 at 9 AM.
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
Baby Shower: A joint baby shower celebrating the Thornhill & Thompson families is being hosted by the women of the church at the home of Carol Cummings on July 31st from 3-5pm. All ladies are invited to this time of fellowship & prayer.
Please join any or all of these three upcoming events. Men’s Golf Outing at RTJ Golf Trail, Saturday, July 30 at 8:15 AM. Reformation Cup Golf Tournament at RTJ Golf Trail, Sunday, August 7 at 3:30 PM. Men’s Fall Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, August 27 at 7:30 AM
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. 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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