NLIC Weekender (5/22/2015) – Testimony: A Community that Points to God

New Life in Christ Weekender
A short reminder of events happening this weekend

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Dear New Life in Christ Church Family,

As you may know, we are compiling a book of testimonies to share the many ways that New Life in Christ church has ministered to people through the years. I’ve asked our elders and deacons if they would be willing to contribute a testimony about New Life’s ministry for the Weekender and for the Book. Over the next few weeks, I will publish the testimonies in the Weekender. This one is from Sam and Lisa Capitano.

Faithfully Yours,
Pastor Sean


“Covenant Community Motivation to Trust God and Not Ourselves”
by Sam & Lisa Capitano (5/17/2015)

In his second letter to the church in Corinth, the Apostle Paul wants that congregation to know that he and his team “were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead.” (2 Corinthians 1:8-9) There was a time when it was beyond my imagination as to how an ordinary believer could find himself in such a predicament. The Apostle Paul? Of course! But ordinary believers like you and me? I could not imagine it! And yet, our Savior promises, “…In this world you will have tribulation but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

My wife and I were joined to the congregation of New Life in Christ Church by taking the Covenant of Discipleship, along with our two oldest daughters, in the summer of 1995. Much about this church has changed since that day. However, what has remained the same is the consistency, faithfulness and power of Jesus Christ preached, taught, and exemplified through the lives of so many, providing the very sustenance my family and I have need to grow, be nurtured, and even to “…overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)

Upon our first visit, we were convinced that the preaching and teaching was exactly what we needed, even as we wrestled with some interpretations of Scripture unfamiliar to us (but upon which we now depend). As care group began shortly after that, we were welcomed, exhorted, and encouraged in experiencing the importance of living our lives in covenant community on a regular basis. Over time the Lord has given – and He has taken away – but we are more convinced than ever that, “Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

We are thankful for a lead pastor who continues to set the pace: first, in not ceasing to make known Christ and Him crucified; second, in modeling the beatitudes; and third, in personifying the Scriptural principle to “follow me, as I follow Christ.” We are thankful for an associate pastor who has filled up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions in this church, to the glory of God. We are thankful for a music and arts team that trains lead worshippers. We are thankful for elders, deacons, and servants of God who faithfully labor on behalf of this congregation and Christ’s church. We are thankful for so many who have been used by God through the years to sustain us with their love and care, and to motivate us trust our God and press on toward love and good works. We thank our God upon every remembrance of New Life in Christ Church.


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Friday                                                  

  • 7:30 PM Creation Club

Saturday

  • 9:00 AM – AM Praise Team Rehearsal

Sunday

  • 9:00 AM – Children’s and Adult Sunday School Classes. Find out more about adult classes online here.
  • 10:00 AM – AM Worship Service –Pastor Doug Preaching.
  • 6:00 pm – Evening Service – Scott and Julia Ross Speaking
  • 7:00 pm –Junior/Senior High Youth Discipleship
  • 7:00 pm – Elder-led Prayer Time this week – Joe Plaia Leading

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