The Spiritually Self-Seeking Church
“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:” Ephesians 4:13
Reconciliation means the restoring of the relationship between the entire human race and God, putting it back to what God designed it to be. This is what Jesus Christ did in redemption. The church ceases to be spiritual when it becomes self-seeking, only interested in the development of its own organization. The reconciliation of the human race according to His plan means realizing Him not only in our lives individually, but also in our lives collectively. Jesus Christ sent apostles and teachers for this very purpose— that the corporate Person of Christ and His church, made up of many members, might be brought into being and made known. We are not here to develop a spiritual life of our own, or to enjoy a quiet spiritual retreat. We are here to have the full realization of Jesus Christ, for the purpose of building His body.
Am I building up the body of Christ, or am I only concerned about my own personal development? The essential thing is my personal relationship with Jesus Christ— “…that I may know Him…” Philippians 3:10. To fulfil God’s perfect design for me requires my total surrender— complete abandonment of myself to Him. Whenever I only want things for myself, the relationship is distorted. And I will suffer great humiliation once I come to acknowledge and understand that I have not really been concerned about realizing Jesus Christ Himself, but only concerned with knowing what He has done for me.
My goal is God Himself, neither joy nor peace, nor even blessing, but Himself, my God. Am I measuring my life by this standard or by something less? – Oswald Chambers
The Lord’s Day Services
|Sunday, July 17th||11:00a.m.||Morning Service – Rev. R. Cranston
Port Hope F.P.C.
|6:00p.m.||Pre-Service Prayer Meeting|
|6:30p.m.||Evening Service – Mr. Roger Valenziano|
|Wednesday, July 20th||7:25p.m.||Bible Study & Prayer Meeting – Dr. McClelland|
|Sunday, July 24th||11:00a.m.||Morning Service – Dr. Frank McClelland|
|6:00p.m.||Pre-service prayer time|
|6:30p.m.||Evening Service – Dr. Larry Saunders|
|Wednesday, July 27th||7:25p.m.||Prayer Meeting & Bible Study|
Please Pray For:
FPC Youth Camp
Please be in prayer for safety and blessing as the young people attend camp July 16th – 23rd. We pray the Lord will do a work in the hearts of our youth during this special time.
Sunday School Summer Schedule
Starting July 3rd, all Sunday school programs will commence at 11:00a.m., this will give our teachers a break over the summer months.
Front Entrance Project
For over a year now the church board has been working on plans for a major renovation to the front entrance of the church to allow for easier access. This will include a reworking of the driveway to allow vehicles to drop off passengers closer to the door and a canopy for weather protection. The church has already received a substantial donation towards this project and if you would like to contribute, please mark your envelope “Front Entrance Project”. Construction is to begin mid July and alternative access to the church will be posted. Thank you for your patience and pray that all will be done to the glory of God.
Vacation Bible School – August 8 – 12, 2016
We will be holding our Vacation Bible School program during the week of August 8th – 12th in the evening, if you are interested in helping, please sign the sheet in the foyer of the church.
40th Anniversary Services – September 16th – 19th, 2016
Please be in prayer for these special meetings, marking 40 years of God’s grace and provision in this ministry.
An anniversary choir is being prepared for these special services. Anyone who has been in our church choir in the last 40 years is welcome. Rehearsals will begin in late August. Please plan to join us.