August Prayer Theme / Servant
Matthew 23:11 “The greatest among you will be your servant.”
The teaching of Jesus was always clear and meaningful but it was often abrasive and convicting as well. He didn’t hold back from wounding the carnal tendencies of His disciples. His words always found their target. The passage from which our theme verse is taken is a scathing rebuke to the leadership that teach and disciple the church. “You must be careful to do as they tell you but don’t do as they do; for they don’t practice what they preach.”
His solution for the willful sin and disobedience of the Pharisees was simple; become a servant. In word, deed, and attitude serve others as you would like to be served. It is simple instruction but it is not easily lived out in our everyday lives.
- Servants think of others before themselves.
- Servants stay up later than others to make sure the job gets done.
- Servants get up earlier to accommodate the demands of success.
- Servants don’t expect to be appreciated for their service to others.
- Servants take joy in a job well done for the sake of Christ and His glory.
- Servants look to Christ for reward for their labor and sacrifice.
We must remember that we are longer in charge; Christ is Lord over all of our life and the hope of our eternal future. We just can’t do this in our own strength. Our only hope of success is the Holy Spirit. Where ever Christ is exulted men will also be lifted up with strength and joy. If we trust him, he will never fail us. I can do all things “through” Christ who strengthens me. The fulfillment of serving others is a daily denying of ourselves and yielding to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I will be praying for you. Let us serve others!
Wednesdays Bible Study / Genesis / 7:30 PM
Genesis. This word means origin. We will undertake the study of this marvelous book in the Old Testament. How did it all begin? Who wrote this masterful account of our creation, our fall, and our future? Why are we still accepting this as the counsel of God? Does science make this book obsolete and unbelievable?
Make sure you make plans to join us for our study in the book of Genesis over the next few months. Your questions and insights will make this a study emphasis to remember. This would be a great time to invite friends and neighbors to join with us in fellowship in the word.
Fridays Morning Bible Study / Ecclesiastes / 10:30 AM
We are currently studying the book of Ecclesiastes “A Look at Life.” Our meetings are a potluck lunch affair with fellowship and bible teaching. Bible study is held in the fellowship room at 10:30 am weekly.
Book Club / August 23rd / 5:00 PM
We will begin reading a new book by John Stott “The Incomparable Christ”.
“Everyone has something to say about Jesus. Sorting through the numerous books of recent years, we find ourselves lost in a thicket of viewpoints, some troubling to faith, some puzzling to the intellect. John Stott, one of the outstanding evangelical voices of the of the last half century, offers us an enriching vision of Jesus that defies measurement. The book is presented in four sections;
- The Original Jesus
- The Ecclesiastical Jesus
- The Influential Jesus
- The Eternal Jesus
This is the Jesus who is like no other- worthy of our worship, our confession and obedience as we follow him into the future.”
Our next book club meeting will be August 23 at 5 PM. Everyone is welcome to read, discuss, and share in the wealth of information and inspiration in this great book. The book is available at most Christian book stores and on Amazon. If you have any questions please contact Pastor Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org
POSTPONED / Church Fellowship – Crab Feast / August 16th /
The proliferation of the Covid 19 virus has caused many difficulties for our medical community, our governmental leaders, and our own church calendar. It has not been an easy task to plan ahead as it concerns our events and services. First, I want to thank you for your patience and understanding in this struggle. Secondly, I must inform you that we will again postpone our homecoming event to a date in the near future.
Your Open Gate Church is alive and well. We are thriving and seeing the mighty hand of God sustaining our budget and our fellowship together. Thank you for your online giving and your prayers for our success in trusting God to deliver and sustain.
We will publish and announce the new date for our annual homecoming as soon as we are confident it can be accomplished. To God be the glory great things he has done.
Remember you can give to Open Gate Ministries on line. The website is available for you to conveniently support the outreach and daily administrative efforts of Open Gate. You can dispense with the hassle of checks, envelopes, and the trips to the bank teller machine to bring cash. Our site is secure and the procedure is simple; user friendly. Take advantage to the ease in giving online. Thank you for supporting Open Gate Ministries. Blessings