An Invitation to Worship This Sunday, August 2, at Bethel Church at Ridgefield…
During these days of limited face time, I invite you to spend a while sharing fellowship and togetherness with the saints this Sunday August 2 at Bethel Church in Ridgefield. We will worship, pray, share testimony, study the Scriptures, and let God challenge us for the week ahead.
This togetherness is a great gift we can give to one another, because it lends itself to the fulfillment of scriptures in our live, specifically Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV) “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
As we share with each other, we offer benefit that can be gained in no other way. Bethel’s reputation is easy acquaintance, warm hospitality and fellowship around the Scriptures. This Sunday I invite you to come, meet some people, bring some people and experience a joyful, uplifting time together. Jim and Martha Drew will be leading our Worship time.
We are making church as safe and comfortable for you as possible. Handouts are minimal, Masks are required and social distancing is marked for your convince. If you are ill or have been exposed to the COVID virus, please take care of yourself and make plans to attend on a Sunday when you are better. Come and enjoy!
Below is an outline of Sunday’s message “Attached to the Lifeline”. You may pick up a copy with the “white spaces filled in” at the close of the service or email me with your request and I’ll mail you a copy.
God’s best to you, Pastor Dwane
Attached to the Lifeline
John 15:1-17 [Scripture Translations ESV & NLT]
Most of the time it is more “Who you know” than “what you know”. It was true with Jesus and His disciples. Jesus connection’s with the disciples led them to know more about God’s Old Testament plan than the mainstream Jewish leadership would admit.
The disciples are being instructed as part of believing Israel. The church has not begun. That would come in Acts 2 on the day of Pentecost a few days down the road. The message was directly to disciples but further revelation shows it is relevant for us today.
Our fruitfulness will be reality while we are connected to the vine (Jesus). It is easier for us because the Holy Spirit indwells us today. He is our Advocate. John speaks of eleven “I am” revelations in this gospel. All of them have to do with salvation, security, shepherding and fruit bearing.
The connection; John 15:16
You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. John 15:16 NLT
The process of being connected
When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. John 14:20 NLT; 316-18
The value of connection 15:2-4; 7-8
Securing the connection John15:16
The benefit of connection 15:12
- Exercise faith in what Jesus did for us; be cleansed and forgiven.
- Experience the quality and quantity of Jesus connection.
- Experience the Holy Spirit in your daily walk.
- Grow your refuge in Jesus
What do I find in Jesus? I find – refuge– Affirmation –Exhortation-Consolation – Exhalation – Satisfaction
Practice your faith. “Many have quarreled about religion that never practice it” Benjamin Franklin