Philippians 3:12–4:1

Jesus Christ, the ransom for many

 

Bulletin for: 
Sunday, May 1, 2016
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I will tell what God has done (Psalm 66:16).

In today’s Communion Sunday series, two people write about turning points where God drew them back to his faithfulness.

Lisa Jeffrey: A friend once told me, “Lisa, you know what I find interesting about you? The thing I imagine is most important to you, you never talk about.” She meant my Christian faith, and she was right! On the heels of that comment, my pastor quoted in a sermon 2 Timothy 3:5, which talks about people who have “a form of godliness, but deny its power.” I knew that verse was about me. During that time the high school pastor, where I was a volunteer, regularly said, “There is no short cut to intimate relationship with God. You have to be in the Word and prayer daily, or you won’t grow.” So I decided to take this seriously. I bought a one-year Bible and I told God I would try it, and if I didn’t experience the “power” referenced in 2 Timothy 3:5, I would walk away from Christianity. God was gracious to me: the Word and prayer, along with weekly Christian fellowship and teaching, radically transformed my life!

Bobby Tunstall: I am a mess, so thinking about God’s faithfulness is humbling. I trusted Christ during high school. Since then there have been many turning points. One, however, stands above the rest: my marriage to Lori. You don’t have to know me long before you hear me talk about how much Lori means to me and how clearly I recognize God’s working through her in my life. Proverbs 18:22 reads, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.” I can’t imagine where I would be without her love and support; she encourages my strengths and helps me in my weaknesses. And above all, I truly believe that she wants me to love Jesus and lead our family to Him. That’s why my nickname for her is “My Good Thing.”  I am who I am today by God’s favor through Lori.