Our Blog /our-blog Christ Presbyterian Church blogs ℗ & © 2018 Christ Presbyterian Church SiteOrganic Web CMS Sun, 25 Feb 2018 12:24:51 +0000 A Study in Romans /our-blog/a-study-in-romans/ /our-blog/a-study-in-romans/ Sat, 10 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0000 CPC is commencing a study in the book of Romans.  Romans has played a pivotal role in the life of the church through the centuries.  It also comprehensively declares the Gospel and thereby informs our study of the rest of scripture. The pivotal... Matthew Roberts CPC is commencing a study in the book of Romans.  Romans has played a pivotal role in the life of the church through the centuries.  It also comprehensively declares the Gospel and thereby informs our study of the rest of scripture.

The pivotal moment of Augustine's conversion was caused by reading Romans 15:13.  It was Martin Luther’s comprehension of Romans 1:17 that sparked the Protestant Reformation.  Luther wrote:

I had greatly longed to understand Paul’s letter to the Romans and nothing stood in the way but that one expression ‘the righteousness of God’, because I took it to mean that righteousness whereby God is righteous and acts righteously in punishing the unrighteous . . . Night and day I pondered until . . . I grasped the truth that the righteousness of God is that righteousness whereby, through grace and sheer mercy, he justifies us by faith.  Thereupon I felt myself to be reborn and to have gone through open doors into paradise.  The whole of Scripture took on a new meaning, and whereas before ‘the righteousness of God’ had filled me with hate, now it became to me inexpressibly sweet in greater love.  This passage of Paul became to me a gateway into heaven.  (Martin Luther, Luther’s Works, vol. 34 (Muhlenberg Press, 1960), pp. 336f.)

Both John Calvin and William Tyndale stated that Romans elucidated the other books of the Bible.  Calvin wrote:

If we gained a true understanding of this Epistle, we have an open door to all the most profound treasures of Scripture.

William Tyndale stated:

[Romans is] the principal and most excellent part of the New Testament, the most pure Euangelion, that is to say, glad tidings. . . . . and also a light and a pure way in unto the whole Scripture.

 

As a church we spent a year in Ephesians which has only 6 chapters.  Romans has 16 chapters and is quite dense.  I suspect we'll be in our study of Romans for at least two years.  

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Officer Nominations and Training /our-blog/officer-nominations-and-training/ /our-blog/officer-nominations-and-training/ Thu, 05 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0000 CPC is in a season of officer nominations and training.  The Biblical precedent for this process is Acts 6:1-6.  In that passage we see five truths.  First, the essence of church polity is plurality not singularity.  Decisions were made by teams not... Matthew Roberts CPC is in a season of officer nominations and training.  The Biblical precedent for this process is Acts 6:1-6.  In that passage we see five truths. 

First, the essence of church polity is plurality not singularity.  Decisions were made by teams not leaders working together; they weren’t decreed by one individual. 

Second, leaders were called forward by their peers; they didn’t put themselves forward.

Third, the offices of the church are deed and word.  They comprise the office of Deacon and Elder.  Deacons are oriented towards physical needs; Elders are oriented towards spiritual needs.

Fourth, the foremost criterion for church leadership is character.  Skills and talents are secondary to holiness.

Lastly, we’ll see that all these principles are rooted in the ministry of Jesus Christ.  We see Jesus working in concert with God the Father and God the Spirit.  Jesus didn’t put himself forward; he was called forward by God the Father.  Jesus’ ministry was deed and word.  Jesus’ ministry stemmed from His character; at the pivotal moment he said, “Not my will, but your will be done.”

Please converse with the pastoral staff if you have questions about this process.

 

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The Parables of Jesus /our-blog/the-parables-of-jesus/ /our-blog/the-parables-of-jesus/ Tue, 23 May 2017 18:58:55 +0000 We’re currently in a sermon series studying the Parables of Jesus.  The word “parable” means a simple story told to make a moral or spiritual point – like an allegory or fable.  The Parables contain some of Jesus’s most memorable and moving teaching... We’re currently in a sermon series studying the Parables of Jesus.  The word “parable” means a simple story told to make a moral or spiritual point – like an allegory or fable.  The Parables contain some of Jesus’s most memorable and moving teaching, such as the Parable of the Good Samaritan and the Parable of the Prodigal Son.  Join us at 11am on Sunday mornings at William Gibbs Elementary School to hear Pastor Roberts preach through the Parables of Jesus! 

 

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]]> What are our kids up to? /our-blog/what-are-our-kids-up-to/ /our-blog/what-are-our-kids-up-to/ Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:37:42 +0000 Just before the sermon begins on any given Sunday, you’ll find our preschool- and elementary-aged children filing out of the worship service.  They’re off to their classrooms to learn about Christ through specially tailored teaching and... Just before the sermon begins on any given Sunday, you’ll find our preschool- and elementary-aged children filing out of the worship service.  They’re off to their classrooms to learn about Christ through specially tailored teaching and activities! 

 

In the fall, our preschoolers (those who are three years old through pre-K) learned about God’s creation of the world.  This winter, they have been studying the life of Jesus and His identity as God’s Son.  As they move into the spring, they will learn about Jesus’ role as our Savior.  The class is a fast-paced, fun environment for these budding students, complete with a Bible story, activity worksheet, craft, Bible memorization, songs, and games.  The teachers also work to teach and reinforce classroom skills (e.g. staying in their seats, raising their hands to ask questions, sharing with others, and following directions). 

 

Our younger elementary children (those in grades K-2) started off the year learning that long before Jesus was born, God promised to send a Savior for his people, and that He did so by sending his Son, Jesus, to earth to save us.  The class then turned to the idea of salvation and discussed repentance, faith in Christ alone, the new life given to us through the Holy Spirit, and how God saves sinners like us.  In the spring, the class will learn how we can show Jesus our love for Him by thanking Him, giving to Him, and telling others about Him. 

 

Our older elementary children (those in grades 3-5) are working through a two-year survey of the Bible.  They began with a study of Genesis, including creation, the fall, the flood, the Abrahamic Covenant, the patriarchs, and Joseph.  In the winter, they looked at the books of Exodus through Ruth, with a focus on the redemptive acts of God in dealing with his covenant people.  As we move into spring, the class will study the books of 1 Samuel to Esther, especially the reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah, the captivity in Babylon, and the returned exiles.  As a special project, the class is also working toward saving their pennies to be able to provide medical supplies to those in need through the World Vision organization. 

 

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Skeptics Welcome /our-blog/skeptics-welcome/ /our-blog/skeptics-welcome/ Thu, 02 Mar 2017 15:59:36 +0000 We're starting a new sermon series in the coming weeks that will show that faith in Jesus Christ fulfills the deepest longings of western culture.  This will be a topical series which surveys various texts throughout the Bible.  The series is... Matthew Roberts We're starting a new sermon series in the coming weeks that will show that faith in Jesus Christ fulfills the deepest longings of western culture.  This will be a topical series which surveys various texts throughout the Bible.  The series is designed to dovetail Timothy Keller's newest book Making Sense of God.  If you've ever wanted to share your faith with a friend or family member, then this series should equip you to start that conversation.  If you're sorting out what you believe about God and want your questions taken seriously, then please feel free to join us Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m.  

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Holiday Happenings /our-blog/holiday-happenings/ /our-blog/holiday-happenings/ Sun, 13 Nov 2016 03:16:10 +0000 Cooler weather seems to be here to stay, which can only mean one thing:  the holidays are upon us!  As you plan for time with your friends and family, don’t forget about the following church activities coming up over the next few months:   Deacon’s... Cooler weather seems to be here to stay, which can only mean one thing:  the holidays are upon us!  As you plan for time with your friends and family, don’t forget about the following church activities coming up over the next few months:

 

Deacon’s Fund Offering:  On Sunday, November 27th, we will hold our third Deacon's Fund Offering for the year.  On this Sunday, all of the offering collected will be used by the Deacons to assist with the physical and financial needs of our church and the community around us. 

 

Christmas Party:  Our annual Christmas party will be held on Friday, December 9th at the Eby’s home in Rockville.  We’re looking forward to this fun adult-only evening of food and fellowship!

 

Congregational Meeting:  Out annual Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 29th immediately after the worship service.  We would ask that all members plan to attend; regular attendees are welcome to attend as well.

 

Community Groups and our Preschool Playgroup will continue to meet through November and most of December, and will then take a short break over the Christmas holiday.

 

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New Website /our-blog/new-website/ /our-blog/new-website/ Sat, 27 Aug 2016 03:50:21 +0000 Christ Presbyterian has launched its new website.  There are two improvements over our last site.   First, the website is mobile friendly.  It can be viewed on a computer or cell phone.   Second, the calendar can be linked to your Microsoft Outlook... Matthew Roberts Christ Presbyterian has launched its new website.  There are two improvements over our last site.  

First, the website is mobile friendly.  It can be viewed on a computer or cell phone.  

Second, the calendar can be linked to your Microsoft Outlook or Google account.  You can connect the church's calendar to your personal calendar and know when you're scheduled to serve and the time and location of your community group.

We're grateful for our partners at Site Organic and Monk Development for their assistance.

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Youth Group Resumes /our-blog/youth-group-resumes/ /our-blog/youth-group-resumes/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 04:44:30 +0000 After a summer of fun activities, our regular fall schedule of Sunday night youth groups will start September 18.  We'll cover a number of topics relevant to students such as: Honoring Parents  Friendships Schoolwork & Calling Identity... Matthew Roberts  

After a summer of fun activities, our regular fall schedule of Sunday night youth groups will start September 18.  We'll cover a number of topics relevant to students such as:

  • Honoring Parents 
  • Friendships
  • Schoolwork & Calling
  • Identity in Christ
  • Teasing & Boasting
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Marriage and Sexuality

Please contact Pastor Roberts at pastor@christ-pca.org if you have any questions.

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O Worship the King /our-blog/o-worship-the-king/ /our-blog/o-worship-the-king/ Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:50:21 +0000 O worship the King, all glorious above,O gratefully sing His power and His love;Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise. O tell of His might, O sing of His grace,Whose robe is the light, whose... Robert Grant O worship the King, all glorious above,
O gratefully sing His power and His love;
Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.

O tell of His might, O sing of His grace,
Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space,
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
And dark is His path on the wings of the storm.

The earth with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, Thy power hath founded of old;
Established it fast by a changeless decree,
And round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.

Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;
It streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
And sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail;
Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.

O measureless might! Ineffable love!
While angels delight to worship Thee above,
The humbler creation, though feeble their lays,
With true adoration shall all sing Thy praise.

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Silent Night /our-blog/silent-night/ /our-blog/silent-night/ Sun, 12 Jan 2014 23:48:29 +0000 Silent night, holy night,All is calm, all is brightRound yon virgin mother and Child.Holy Infant, so tender and mild,Sleep in heavenly peace,Sleep in heavenly peace. Silent night, holy night,Shepherds quake at the sight;Glories stream from heaven... Joseph Mohr Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and Child.
Holy Infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night,
Shepherds quake at the sight;
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!

Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love’s pure light;
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

Silent night, holy night
Wondrous star, lend thy light;
With the angels let us sing,
Alleluia to our King;
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!

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