Good Days Ahead for CCP
GOOD DAYS AHEAD FOR CCP
The Gospel is profoundly glorious, yet surprisingly simple. Renown theologians could spend lifetimes exploring the mysteries of the gospel, and yet even a child can understand the essence of the good news. “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (I John 5:12). Jesus saves sinners. Hallelujah!
We believe the Gospel with all of our hearts at Christ Church. That’s why we proclaim and abide in the person and finished redemptive work of Christ whenever we gather. That’s why we send and support faithful missionary / church planters around the world. That’s why we raise our covenant children to cherish Christ above all, and invite our neighbors to church. We believe the gospel, and the gospel changes everything. It fosters hope for the future. Not a hope-so hope, but a sure hope that is built upon the unshakable promises of our blessed triune God.
Brief Building Search Update
We have been meeting in Moultrie Middle School for close to five years. While grateful to God for this provision, we are eager to move our congregation to a more permanent and suitable facility. We are currently exploring an opportunity to lease a property in downtown Charleston a little north of The Citadel, in the Wagner Terrace Neighborhood. The address is 59 Piedmont, close to the Rutledge Cab Co. restaurant. The area is booming with growth, and may be a good place for our congregation to settle and grow for a few years. The 6000 sq. ft. old church building will not win any architecture contests, and yet it possesses a certain charm, along with a sizable sanctuary that would likely seat 250. I realize that you probably have several questions. So do we. Excited about this development, the elders and deacons are working with our commercial real estate agent (Mr. Eddie Buxton) and the Landlord to figure out whether or not we will move forward on a lease. Please pray for wisdom and clarity. We will provide more information for the congregation if things continue to progress. Again, thank you for your patience and your prayers as we explore this unique and exciting opportunity.
Some of you have been asking about Revoice, a conference hosted by a PCA church in St. Louis dedicated to encouraging the “Celibate Gay Christian” movement. Almost all of the speakers were non-PCA, and yet many of us are troubled by the fact that a PCA congregation hosted and promoted the confused and erroneous teaching. Indeed, their views on sexuality, sin, and orientation are a clear departure from orthodox Christian doctrine. We want to welcome and minister to those struggling with same-sex attraction. But we never want to encourage a view of the Christian Faith that neglects repentance and the mortification of sin. No moniker for sin should ever be attached to the name “Christian”. Indeed, as Christians, our identity is in Christ, and never in sinful lifestyle or habit. I’ve written a little piece over at the Gospel Reformation Network site. In the article I attached several helpful resources if you would like to learn more. Go to www.gospelreformation.net.
CCP Sunday School
Every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. dedicated Sunday school teachers come prepared to teach God’s Word. We have classes for everyone, from toddlers to adults (there is also a baby nursery). One class that I am especially excited about is the new class for 8th-12th graders taught by Tobe and Jennie Hester. The will be working through a fantastic book entitled, “This Changes Everything.” My family has been slowly working through it as a supplement to our family worship. It is an outstanding work that specifically encourages teens to find their hope and identity in Christ. If you have teens, I want to warmly encourage you to send them to the class, and make Sunday school attendance a Lord’s Day priority for the whole family. We won’t give you gold stars for good attendance, but we’ll promise great fellowship and spiritual growth for all!
Friendship Sunday | September 16th
Do you have friends, neighbors, or co-workers that you have been meaning to invite to church, but just haven’t gotten around to it? On September 16th we will have friendship Sunday at Christ Church. Not a whole lot will be different, except that I will make my sermon a little extra evangelistic, perhaps we will be a little extra intentional with our outreach, and we will enjoy a fellowship meal after church. Please be thinking about who you will invite to Friendship Sunday at Christ Church, and let’s all pray that God would do a mighty work in the lives of those who come.
Kid’s Catechism w/ Pastor Jon
Beginning Sunday, September 9th at 4:30 p.m., children ages 10-12 are welcome to join me for a Kid’s Catechism Class at Christ Church. This is an opportunity for the children to learn more about the Reformed Faith and to begin thinking about the nature and practice of the Lord’s Supper in preparation for communion. For more information please contact me at the church office.
Austin Griffin | Church Life Coordinator
Mrs. Austin Griffin, wife of Mr. Stevie Griffin, will begin her new full-time position of Church Life Coordinator this week. Her position will fulfill many important roles in church administration, women’s ministry, and children’s/nursery ministry. Please pray for her as she begins this new and important position at CCP.
CCP Prayer Requests
The difference between a praying church and a non-praying church is the difference between a church that believes in, and relies upon, a sovereign God, and one that doesn’t. Prayer is a sincere expression of faith and dependence upon our heavenly Father, through Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit. If anything defines a healthy church, it is a church who prays. So let us pray — as individuals, families, couples, and as a congregation. Pray for our congregation to grow in spiritual maturity. Pray that we would grow in our understand of and faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray that we would be increasingly willing to share the good news with unchurched friends and neighbors. Pray that God would lead us to a permanent location with a facility that will expand our ministry. Pray for strength and healing for Jackie Wear, Deb Robertson, and Jack Muirhead. Pray for your pastors. Pray for your elders and deacons. Pray for Austin Griffin as she begins her new position as church life coordinator. Pray for our covenant children, that they would, by grace through faith, embrace God’s gospel promises made to them in their baptism. Pray for all of our new mothers and their families. Pray for the Presbyterian Church in America. Pray for our nation and for her elected leaders.
The gospel is the power of God unto salvation. It is what binds us together in our baptisms and at the Lord’s Table. In Jesus we possess life— life abundant here on earth and life everlasting in the new heavens and earth. May we cling to him with all our might, even as we know that he clings to us and will never let us go.