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Blog Archives: January 2018

Church Membership Unites Us

January 25, 2018
Sean Smith
Have you ever wondered why church membership is so important? “Can’t I just do this Christian life all on my own?” I know I have thought this at some points in my walk. In the next couple weeks, we are going to look at why church membership is important for us as believers. This week we will look at how being church members unites us. Church membership as Christians is an important part of our growth in our walk with the Lord. When you commit to membership in a church, you are held to a standard that you just won’t get outside of being ...

Word of the Week

January 25, 2018
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Mull The word “mull” is our word of the week. Mull, as I intend it here, means “think about (a fact, proposal, or request) deeply and at length.” The English word for “mull” and the Hebrew word which is often translated “meditate” are very similar. The word in Psalm 1:2 for meditating on the law of the lord could be translated “mutter”, “growl”, or “ponder”. Thus, to meditate on scripture is to “mull it over.” You could walk around “muttering” or “pondering” it. You are savoring every word, going back and forth in your ...

Update

January 18, 2018
Don Ward
This past Sunday after church we had a churchwide lunch and gave an update on the progress and direction of our church. Tom Breeden, Sean Smith, Sean Shanks and myself all presented about various aspects of our church life. I’m going to write briefly about some of that in here. Before I do that, here are some resources for further information. Our church purpose and values are downloadable here. The entire meeting audio is downloadable here. 2017 was a remarkable year in a number of ways. First, it was one of the most generous years ...

Word of the Week

January 17, 2018
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Well spent Honestly, Monday morning this week I was wiped out! We had an amazing couple of days at Grace. Saturday morning, we hosted 52 men from Grace and other local churches to talk about Christian unity in a racially charged present day. There were some terrific, honest conversations and some great encouragements to love one another with the love of Christ. One of our newest attenders ran into a man he knew from work years ago. He had often encouraged this man to consider Jesus Christ. He came to the breakfast and saw ...

Word & Table PCA

January 09, 2018
Tom Breeden
On Sunday, Pastor Tag Tuck stood in front of the congregation and held up an acorn. “This is an oak tree,” he told us. As if that wasn’t hard enough to believe, he then went on to describe in detail what this oak tree is like. Did you see it? No, your eyes weren’t fooling you. It wasn’t an oak tree – not yet. But it will be. Church planting is like that, sowing seeds for what will be. Starting on January 1st, Pastor Tag’s call transitioned from Grace Community Church to the Blue Ridge Presbytery in order to plant Word & Table PCA. The Tuck ...

Word of the Week

January 09, 2018
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Simple I really enjoyed yesterday as we heard what is happening at Word and Table Church and thought about God’s plan to use us. But taking things another direction, sometimes a simple plan works the best, right? The more complicated something gets, the more possibilities for trouble. So, if you want to get a kick start in Bible reading in 2018, why not start with our Evening with Jesus series? We will be doing a number of sermons on John 13-17. This section all happens on the night before Jesus died - at the “last ...

New Year, Same Purpose

January 03, 2018
Don Ward
We say with a little depression in our voices, “Some things never change.” It usually has to do with the small annoyances in life which our family, friends and coworkers bring into our experience. “Bob is ten minutes late again - some things never change”. There is an upside to “Some things never change.” For the disciple of Jesus, some things never change. God’s faithfulness never changes. Our standing with God because of Christ’s death and resurrection never changes. Our purpose in life never changes! In the sermon of December 31st, I ...

Word of the Week

January 03, 2018
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Goal, part II What is your goal for your soul? I got sloppy about my soul last year. I’m slightly embarrassed to admit it, but I didn’t do some of the things which normally refresh my relationship with Christ. I was the one who suffered most from the absence of those things. I wasn’t as refreshed and joyful in Christ as I might have been. I know simply resolving to do more alone won’t cut it. So, I’m working even now on a plan for personal renewal with Christ in 2018 - reviving and renewing those things which help me ...