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Matthew Parks - May 26, 2024

We Are Not Condemned in Christ

Main Idea: In Christ, you are accepted, not condemned. | 3 Reasons Why You Are Not Condemned in Christ: 1) Jesus has freed you from the penalty of sin and death. (vv. 1-2) | 2) Jesus has freed you from the righteous requirement of the Law. (vv. 3-4) | 3) The Spirit frees you from the power of sin. (v. 2, 4)

Scripture References: Romans 8:1-4

 

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Declarations of Our Identity in Jesus

One practical way we as believers can renew our minds (Romans 12:2) is by regularly speaking and agreeing with God’s Word. Click the button below to download the sermon resource introduced on Sunday. It contains dozens of statements that affirm your identity if you are in Christ. We hope you will declare them out loud, thanking God and agreeing with Him about who He says you are in Christ. We also hope you’ll reflect on the questions on the final page and begin crafting an identity statement for yourself to encourage you in the truth of who God says you are.

Weekly Fighter Verse

Psalm 139:9-10
If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.

Weekly New City Catechism

Question 15: Since no one can keep the law, what is its purpose?

Answer*: That we may know the holy nature and will of God, and the sinful nature and disobedience of our hearts; and thus our need of a Savior. The law also teaches and exhorts us to live a life worthy of our Savior.

*Children’s answer is the bold text

Next Sunday's Sermon Text

John 15:1-17 (ESV)

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

KCC Church Family
Updates and Events

New Song for Sunday

Run and Run (Christ is All My Righteousness)

Matt Boswell & Matt Papa

One of the most difficult aspects of the gospel for many people to truly comprehend is that God accepts us in Christ and no longer condemns us (Rom. 8:1-4). Some people use this as a license to sin because God will ultimately forgive them, but this is a false understanding. Those who have been spared eternal punishment through Jesus’ sacrifice have also received His Spirit that helps them live righteously. Others think that God has wiped out their debt but that it’s now up to them to keep our noses clean. It’s easy to let our own good deeds creep back into our righteous standing before God as if Jesus’ death was not enough. A true understanding, as the late Timothy Keller put it, accepts two mutual inclusive truths: “We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.”

In the coming weeks, we’ll be introducing a new song called “Run and Run (Christ is All My Righteousness).” It explores this magnificent truth that the Lord radically accepts us, not for what we have done but for what Christ has done:

Bearing shame and all my sin
There, in my place, He stood condemned
Here I stand now justified
My guilt is His, His grace is mine

My accuser, he may roar
Of countless sins that I have done
These I know and thousands more
Behold, my God, He knows not one

These verses are difficult to take in because they seem so unbelievable. Indeed! It is unbelievable, but that doesn’t make it untrue. Faith is believing by trusting God’s Word above our own understanding. It leads us to joyfully proclaim:

Praise the Lord, oh my soul, praise the Lord
Now and forevermore, my heart confess
Christ is all my righteousness
Christ is all my righteousness

Giving Tuesday Africa

CONTINENTAL SUNDAY BREAKFASTS

Sunday, May 5th | 9am – 9:45am @ The Fellowship Hall

Come enjoy fellowship while having a light breakfast prior to our worship gathering every first Sunday of the month. Free will donations accepted though not required. *Breakfast will be simpler than usual while we meet in the Fellowship Hall for our Worship Gathering due to meal preparation limitations.

Giving Tuesday Africa

Africa Church Planting Initiative

2025 Missions Trip Interest Meeting

Do you have a passion for spreading the gospel to all nations? On Sunday, June 2 from 5:006:30pm in the Fellowship Hall, there will be a meeting for anyone interested in exploring a missions trip to Malawi, Africa in the summer of 2025. The exact trip date is TBD. Pastor Eric Kubwata from Crossroads Wauseon will be presenting about the why we‘re going and what we‘ll be doing. Come explore and pray about going!

Giving Tuesday Africa

All Church Picnic

June 9th | After the Worship Gathering

We’re planning an all church picnic (weather permitting) June 9th following the worship gathering. Sub sandwiches, the fixings, and drinks will be provided. Please bring the following items according to your last name: A-I bring veggies, J-O desserts, P-Z salads. Some gluten free items would be greatly appreciated! The backup plan for inclement weather will be to meet at the Fellowship Hall, but we’ll make that announcement at the worship gathering.

Community Events and Needs

Kid's Corner

MARRIAGE RETREAT

September 6th-8th

Crossroads Wauseon is excited to offer a weekend away for couples seeking to strengthen their marriage and build lasting memories together!

This year’s retreat will be held at the Sauder Heritage Inn (22611 OH-2, Archbold, OH 43502) the weekend of September 6-8, 2024. The topic will be: “Overcoming Threats to Your Marriage.” The total cost for the weekend is $390 per couple. This includes two continental breakfasts, Saturday evening dinner at The Barn Restaurant, access to Sauder Village, lodging, snacks, materials, and a special gift for each couple. You will enjoy relevant teaching that will strengthen and encourage your marriage along with significant amounts of free time to explore Sauder Village and the greater NW Ohio area, reconnect as a couple and enjoy the amenities at the Inn.

To register or for more information, click the button below.
**A minimum payment of $100 will be due to reserve your spot, with the full balance due NO LATER THAN Friday, August 2, 2024.

Kid's Corner

LILY CREEK FARMS

Volunteer Needs

Lily Creek Farms Therapeutic Riding Center is a therapy organization in the Defiance area, which one of our Covenant Members is associated with. They currently have some volunteer needs for the upcoming season. Here is some information about Lily Creek Farms from their website:

We offer professional instructors, caring volunteers, and gentle horses. Our human-animal team provides rewarding and breakthrough experiences to improve the quality of our students’ lives.

No other therapeutic recreational activity provides so many benefits in such a holistic manner. We have worked with and have witnessed results in people of many ages and abilities.

Students learn confidence, build strength, balance, and coordination along with gaining a sense of independence and freedom from his or her disabilities. We feel blessed to experience little miracles every day!

Lily Creek Farms and their apple orchard are in need of volunteers from June to December to help in the market and ring up customers. LCF has over 80 clients and a waiting list, so they need horse walkers and other volunteers to help with maintenance, the lawn, and the orchard. No experience needed. They will do all the training you’ll need.

If you’re interested in volunteering with Lily Creek Farms, call 419.785.6763 or click the button below to check out their website.

Prayer

SUNDAY PRAYER MEETING

Every Sunday | 9:00am

We are reviving a weekly prayer meeting at 9:00am in the Prayer Room/Mother’s Lounge. Everyone is invited to come seek the Lord together and pray for gospel renewal in our church, our community and around the world. Let’s outgrow this room in our devotion to prayer as a church.

“We need a work of the Holy Ghost of a supernatural kind, putting power into the preaching of the Word, inspiring all believers with heavenly energy, and solemnly affecting the hearts of the careless so that they may turn to God and live.” -C. H. Spurgeon, Only a Prayer Meeting.

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Kid's Corner

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