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Samuel Andres - June 2, 2024

We Are Branches of the True Vine

I. Jesus Is the True Vine, John 15:1 | II. The Father Is the Vinedresser, John 15:1 | III. We Are the Branches, John 15:5 | IV. Our Purpose as Branches: Bear fruit! John 15:5, 8, 16 | V. Abide in the Vine, John 15:4-5 | VI. Welcome the Pruning, John 15:2

Scripture References: John 15:1-17

 

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KCC Loop Newsletter Resources

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 139:11-12
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.

Weekly New City Catechism

Question 16: What is sin?

Answer*: Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, rebelling against him by living without reference to him, not being or doing what he requires in his law—resulting in our death and the disintegration of all creation.

*Children’s answer is the bold text

Next Sunday's Sermon Text

Exodus 19:1-20:3 (ESV)

On the third new moon after the people of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that day they came into the wilderness of Sinai. They set out from Rephidim and came into the wilderness of Sinai, and they encamped in the wilderness. There Israel encamped before the mountain, while Moses went up to God. The Lord called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”

So Moses came and called the elders of the people and set before them all these words that the Lord had commanded him. All the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” And Moses reported the words of the people to the Lord. And the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am coming to you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and may also believe you forever.”

When Moses told the words of the people to the Lord, the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments and be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. And you shall set limits for the people all around, saying, ‘Take care not to go up into the mountain or touch the edge of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall be put to death. No hand shall touch him, but he shall be stoned or shot; whether beast or man, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain.” So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and consecrated the people; and they washed their garments. And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman.”

On the morning of the third day there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all the people in the camp trembled. Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they took their stand at the foot of the mountain. Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke because the Lord had descended on it in fire. The smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled greatly. And as the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him in thunder. The Lord came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain. And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.

And the Lord said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to the Lord to look and many of them perish. Also let the priests who come near to the Lord consecrate themselves, lest the Lord break out against them.” And Moses said to the Lord, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai, for you yourself warned us, saying, ‘Set limits around the mountain and consecrate it.’” And the Lord said to him, “Go down, and come up bringing Aaron with you. But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the Lord, lest he break out against them.” So Moses went down to the people and told them.

And God spoke all these words, saying,

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

“You shall have no other gods before me.

KCC Church Family
Updates and Events

Giving Tuesday Africa

All Church Picnic AND YWAM Missions Presentation

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.

Also, at 1:30pm at the picnic, Madie T. will share a presentation on her missions experience with YWAM. Stick around to hear about God’s exciting work!

Giving Tuesday Africa

YOUTH MISSIONS TRIP BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER

Sunday, June 16th | 8:45am @ The Fellowship Hall

The Youth Group will hold a breakfast to raise funds for their missions trip to Puerto Rico before the worship service. Come for a delicious sit-down meal to support them with free-will donations!

Community Events and Needs

Kid's Corner

DEFIANCE UNITED

June 23rd | 6:30pm | Defiance Downtown Amphitheater

Do you desire unity and connection with other believers in the area? Come to Defiance United at the Defiance Downtown Amphitheater (located on Clinton Street, behind Cabin Fever Coffee) for an evening of prayer and worship with the greater body of Christ in our community.

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.

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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