New Life in Christ Weekender
A short reminder of events happening this weekend
[Scroll down for a list of events this weekend.]
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.
“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.
- Want to share your story of how NLIC has affected your life? Put it in our upcoming book on NLIC testimonies. You can find out how to contribute online by clicking here.
- Needed Supplies for the Manse can be found here
- RSVP to the 40th anniversary Banquet
What I’m Reading
- Book: Words in Season by Leon Brown – “It is easy for us to get into the custom (and rut) of praying for certain daily needs. An important question is, however, do we consider and pray for the needs of others, particular unbelievers?” (87)
- Book: To Tell the Truth: The Whole Gospel Wholly by Grace Communicated Truthfully & Lovingly by Will Metzger – “Educating non-Christians about the character of God may help to correct the imbalance that has led many to assume God’s main attribute is love. This fantasy is perpetuated by the belief that God is a sentimental servant of mankind, debasing the toughness of his love. Love becomes God, and complacency sets in as even the most despicable presume that God is only loving and will overlook gross evils. This belief is misguided though; biblical love has a backbone. It is a tough love. The trivialization of the word love is one of the reasons I have chosen the word grace to convey God’s ‘love with a punch.’” (153)
- Online: Marginal Hope in Hard Times – Discouraged by the way our culture has so quickly changed its moral compass with regard to marriage? Don’t give up and keep speaking the truth.
- Online: What is Marriage to Evangelical Millennials? – Author shows how the separation of procreation from sex has been the most significant change leading to the modern movement to change the definition of marriage.
- On Writing Well (5 Big Tips) – I’m always trying to be a better writer and speaker. I liked this article.
- Online: God’s Google – “God has got his own version of Google and, until recently, it was the one Christians relied on. God’s version of Google is called the local church. When we have questions about life and marriage and parenting and so much else, there is rarely a better place to go than the local church. ” Or, to put it another way, people today like to talk about networking. The church is God’s original network. You can find enormous information here, especially the information and examples you need to live a life pleasing to God.
- Online: Guarding Intimacy in Marriage – 2 minute encouraging video for your marriage.
- Online: How to teach children to listen to each other … you can help your children learn how to listen to one another.
- Online: The Gathering Storm: The Eclipse of Religious Liberty and the Threat of a New Dark Age – Some comments made by Albert Mohler upon receiving the Edwin Meese III Award for Originalism and Religious Liberty.
- Online: Psychologist Philip Zimbardo: ‘Boys risk becoming addicted to porn, video games and Ritalin’ – Dads are needed!
- 7:30 PM Creation Club
- 9:00 AM – AM Praise Team Rehearsal
- 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